For a past period of time Lingnan University has taken many strategic moves to strengthen different aspects of its liberal arts education. These initiatives prove to be successful and begin to bear fruit. According to the results of the QS University Rankings: Asia 2016 announced in mid-June, Lingnan’s ranking surged by 33 places to the position of 109 among Asia universities. This is the highest position ever attained by Lingnan in this ranking exercise, another affirmation of the University’s excellence in liberal arts education after it was named one of the “Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges in Asia” by Forbes in 2015.
With the vision to excel as an internationally recognised liberal arts university distinguished by outstanding teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement, Lingnan is dedicated to nurturing all-round excellence in students and committed to contributing to society through high quality research and knowledge transfer. To bring its liberal arts education to next level of excellence, Lingnan University has in place strategic initiatives to further enhance student learning and strengthen its global engagement through inter-university collaborations in teaching, learning and research.
Recently, the University has laid down its Strategic Plan for 2016-21 which addresses the education needs of the present and future generations. With the plan being put into full implementation, the University will be fueled with new, ongoing momentum with the focus on academic development and research as well as student development. The University will pursue more international collaboration and co-branding in programme offering, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as in our research endeavours. This include forging partnerships and co-brand with an eminent university in order to launch an elite global liberal arts programme; offering programmes, such as a cross-disciplinary major, through our involvement with the Global Liberal Arts Alliance; offering more international or regional master degree programmes; and providing a platform for PhD students to go on overseas exchanges and learn from other scholars. The University will also attempt to attract or retain more high quality staff by establishing two new non-tenure tracks for teaching and research.
With a focus on teaching and nurturing students, the University will endeavour to provide quality whole-person education to students. Service-learning, as an educational approach with effective pedagogical dimensions, will replace civic engagement as a new graduation requirement from the 2016/17 intake. The University is broadening its Core Curriculum as part of its commitment to promoting interdisciplinary learning opportunities. This includes expanding and strengthening the new Science Unit to provide quality science education for students.