At the 49th Congregation on 22 November, Lingnan University conferred honorary doctorates upon three distinguished individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their respective professions and valuable contributions to the well-being of society. They include Professor Joseph LAU Shiu-Ming, a renowned scholar in modern and contemporary Chinese literature who was conferred Doctor of Literature honoris causa ; Mr PAN Sutong, an outstanding international entrepreneur and Chairman of the Goldin Real Estate Financial Holdings Limited who was conferred Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa; and Dr Edmund TSE Sze-Wing, GBS, non-executive Chairman of the AIA Group Limited and the Chairman of the AIA Foundation who was conferred Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa.
The Annual Presidents’ Forum of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities hosted by Lingnan University commenced on 15 November at Lingnan University. The two-day forum, to be held annually, offered a good opportunity for alliance members to meet with each other to discuss matters of importance to the Alliance and to shape the forthcoming years’ agenda. It also provided a platform for member institutions to identify major issues and challenges with reference to international best practices in higher education, search for innovative approaches to liberal arts education given the current and future landscape in higher education in Asia and join efforts in addressing the new challenges and opportunities in liberal arts education. The main topics of discussions include programme development, entrepreneurship, research collaboration and civic engagement.
Lingnan successfully organised the “Meet the Profession – Networking Evening” on 9 November at Conrad Hong Kong. As a flagship event of the University, it aims to provide an opportunity for over 100 outstanding current Year 3 and Year 4 students from Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Faculty of Social Sciences to network and connect with more than 100 executive leaders in Hong Kong. These executives mainly consist of the senior business executives from various fields including accounting, banking and finance, hospitality and tourism, human resources, insurance and risk management, media, NGOs, retail, sales and marketing, as well as entrepreneurs and donors. The event was initiated by the Career Development Committee with staunch support from the Council, the Court, faculty members and alumni. Guests could learn about Lingnan students’ outstanding achievements in areas of study, career, community services and sports through the three electronic kiosks set up at the reception, which replaced traditional paper booklets in support of environmental protection.