Lingnan University welcomed new students at the start of the new academic year with a series of activities during July and August. These included the New Student Orientation and Peer Mentoring Programme for all new students, the Orientation and Host Family Scheme for New Non-local Degree-seeking Students, orientation camps of the 10 hostels associations and by faculties and departments, as well as the orientation for new taught postgraduate students and the orientation for new research postgraduate students.
The University recruited 220 students to join the Peer Mentoring Programme and provided training for them to act as mentors of freshmen.
800 newly-admitted students, including local, non-local and exchange students, took part in the New Student Orientation (NSO) on 23-25 August, which provided freshmen with information on academic and campus life as well as guidance on how to make the most out of their university education. Students also had the opportunity to taste the vibrant living and learning environment through enjoying the performances and visiting the booths of different interest clubs at the Campus Life Carnival.
At the Official Welcome, President Leonard K Cheng extended his warmest welcome to the new students and encouraged them to get the most from the invaluable learning opportunities offered by the University. Two graduates of 2016 who would pursue their further studies in the United Kingdom, Mr Kelvin Ching and Mr Richard Yoong, shared their meaningful university experiences and their tips for new Lingnanians.
The peer mentors would maintain at least one-year mentorship with the peer mentees and organise various reunion activities for the group. To strengthen their mentorship, they were invited to attend the “Tuesdays with Mentors’ Dinner Talk with their peer mentees on 13 September. The University has also prepared a First Year Experience Programme to help new students adapt to university life, and unleash their potentials and find their interests.
A Welcome Lunch cum Kick-off of Lingnan Host Family Scheme 2016-17 was held on 18 August to welcome 14 new non-local degree-seeking students from Bangladesh, Mainland China and Russia. A one-and-a-half day orientation was also organised to provide these students with information on course registration, adaptation, hostel life and personal safety in Hong Kong as well as experience sharing from senior non-local degree-seeking students. Ten academic and administrative staff have also joined as host families in the Lingnan Host Family Scheme 2016-17 to take care and support them. The scheme, organised by the Student Services Centre since 2008, has supported 311 non-local students in the past eight years.
Besides the Welcome lunch, orientation camps of the University’s ten hostel associations, three faculties and the Department of Chinese were also held. Meanwhile, the University organised, for the first time, an orientation for new students of taught postgraduate programmes on 27 August. President Leonard Cheng and Vice-President Joshua Mok Ka-ho greeted the new students and various sessions were arranged by the Division of Graduate Studies (DGS) to familiarise them with the learning environment of Lingnan. Orientation for new research postgraduate students was held on 30 August, in which the Vice-President, together with associate vice-presidents, deans, supervisors of research postgraduate students and other staff introduced the research support provided by the University.