Celebrating 50 Years of Lingnan Spirit
Lingnan University marked the 50th anniversary of its re-establishment in Hong Kong with year-long celebrations, sharing its success and aspirations in transforming generations of Lingnanians through liberal arts education.
Launch Ceremony of the 50th Anniversary of the Re-establishment of Lingnan University in Hong Kong
A launch ceremony officiated by Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Government of the HKSAR, was held on 19 September to kick off a series of exciting programmes in celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary.
A video themed “50 Years of Lingnan Spirit” recapturing the intellectual contributions and historical achievements of the University was shown, followed by a flag parade featuring the house flags of 50 cohorts of graduates.
The ceremony came to a joyful closure with a lion dance performance and a singing performance by the University Choir, University Christian Choir and choirs from Lingnan Dr Chung Wing Kwong Memorial Secondary School, Lingnan Hang Yee Memorial Secondary School and Lingnan Secondary School.
Historical Photo Exhibition Gallery
A photo exhibition gallery showcasing the historical development and important milestones of the University in the past five decades was launched at the corridor outside the Indoor Sports Complex.
Time capsule sealing ceremony
A sealing ceremony of a time capsule enclosing a collection of materials and items related to the current development of Lingnan and the Anniversary celebration was held on 13 September. These items include souvenirs for the 50th Anniversary celebration, publications that showcase the University’s latest development, messages by the President and Vice-President about their aspirations for Lingnan University 50 years from now, and notes written by about 30 Lingnan students to themselves 50 years from now.
Art Exhibition of Professor Siu Fai Wing
The opening ceremony of the “Art Exhibition of Professor Siu Fai Wing” was held on 22 September. The exhibition aims to showcase the charm of Chinese art and promote Chinese culture. The two-week “Art Exhibition of Professor Siu Fai Wing” was held from 23 September to 6 October at Leung Fong Oi Wan Art Gallery and Fong Sum Wood Library on campus. It showcased over 270 art pieces of Prof Siu including paintings, calligraphies and sculptures. The exhibition was organised by Lingnan University and co-organised by Guangdong Provincial Lingdong Museum of Art, and received academic support from China National Academy of Painting and China Artists Association. In commemoration of the University’s golden jubilee, Prof Siu presented a collection of art pieces to Lingnan, including a calligraphy piece on our motto “Education for Service” written in Niaochong Zhuanshu.
Conference to mark the launch of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities
The Launch Conference of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities organised by Lingnan University was held from 20 to 21 November. With the theme of “Liberal Arts Education in an Asian Context: Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives”, the two-day Conference brought together educators from all over the world to appraise liberal arts education from an Asian perspective. The Conference was supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as lead sponsor and the Lingnan Foundation as key partner and sponsor.
The Alliance was founded by fifteen renowned liberal arts institutions in Asia including Lingnan University from Hong Kong, Yuanpei College of Peking University, East China Normal University, Duke Kunshan University and The University of Nottingham Ningbo China from Mainland China, Yonsei University, Seoul National University and Kyung Hee University from South Korea, National Chengchi University, Fu Jen Catholic University and Tunghai University from Taiwan, as well as Waseda University, Sophia University, International Christian University and The University of Tokyo from Japan.
The objectives of setting up the Alliance are to enable universities with similar features and missions to learn from each other, through benchmarking, best practices that can collectively enhance their quality of teaching, learning and research. It can also raise the image and profile of the member universities by increasing their international presence, and will help to promote liberal arts education and its benefits and importance in Asia.
Lingnan 5.0 Film Project
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Lingnan University’s Re-establishment in Hong Kong, the Department of Visual Studies has engaged renowned local filmmakers Johnnie To, Mary Stephen, Poon Hang-sang, Adam Wong and Lai Yan-chi to make short films for this special occasion under the Lingnan 5.0 Film Project.
Iconic Director Dr Johnnie To, who is a Lingnan Honorary Fellow and the creative consultant for the project, has been collecting original video clips, comics, photos, paintings, music and work in other media formats from the public to complete his part of the project. He will then select entries and turn them into a 15-minute short film entitled “Liberal Arts”. The film, along with others made by the aforementioned directors will be shown at a special premiere in June 2018.
Principal Forum in the Greater China Region
The Principal Forum in the Greater China Region, co-organised by Lingnan University, Hong Kong Principals Professional Development Association, Yan Chai Hospital Board, Hong Kong Association of the Heads of Secondary Schools, Hong Kong Primary School Leaders Association and sponsored by the Tin Ka Ping Foundation, was held on 6 December on campus.
The forum, with the theme “Promoting Global Citizens and Liberal Arts Education”, was participated by a total of about 180 international higher education experts and principals and education professionals from primary and secondary schools in the Greater China region, who discussed on how to nurture global citizens through liberal arts education.
At the event, a total of 21 principals from secondary and primary schools in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan were appointed as advisors to the President of Lingnan University. They will provide advice on Lingnan University’s future development and education endeavours.