The International Postgraduate Summer School, co-hosted by Lingnan University in Hong Kong and Oxford University in the UK, concluded a successful third edition on July 13. The three-week summer school, which began on June 23, provides a forum for scholars and postgraduate students to discuss research topics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Postgraduate students and faculty members from universities in Mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong attended the school.
The International Postgraduate Summer School consists of one week of study at Lingnan, plus a further two weeks of study at Hertford College, Oxford University, for selected students. The summer school offers an international group of students the opportunity to establish their own research clusters and enrich their research experiences by sharing their interests while learning from world-renowned scholars. The one-week programme at Lingnan University also offers a series of workshops which focus on various research and methodological issues, as well as student presentations, field visits and social activities.
Co-organisers of this year’s International Postgraduate Summer School included Ewha Womans University, the National Chengchi University, the National Chung Cheng University, Peking University, the South China University of Technology, and Zhejiang University. Plans are underway for a fourth edition of the Summer School to run in 2020.
At Lingnan, keynote speaker Professor Paul Cheung, from the National University of Singapore, shared knowledge gleaned from his work as director of the United Nations Statistics Division and Chief Statistician of the Singapore government. Drawing on his expertise in statistics for a workshop, Prof Cheung discussed how the use of data and information in public policy formation, monitoring, and evaluation has changed in the era of Big Data.
Professor Paulina Wong, from Lingnan’s Science Unit, led a workshop to assess how geographic information technology (GIS) is transforming the way we understand our world. Prof Wong’s talk outlined the concept of GIS and analysed how GIS applications could meet global challenges.
Professor William Guanglin Liu, from Lingnan’s Department of History, led a workshop called ‘Doing Historical Analysis: The Case of Mongol Conquest of Imperial China’. Prof Liu’s analysis aimed to show that the Mongol invasion, which began in the 13th century led by Genghis (Chinggis) Khan, is the most important event in world history.
Local tours enabled students to learn about Hong Kong’s rich cultural heritage. Students visited the Jao Tsung-I Academy, a site which has been used for many different purposes during its 150-year history, including a hospital and a prison. Students also visited Hong Kong’s state-of-the-art Science Park, a complete innovation and technology base camp for research and development, testing, fundraising and commercialisation.
Selected students from the International Postgraduate Summer School spent a further two weeks at Hertford College, Oxford University. Workshops at Hertford included advice on how to successfully plan an academic presentation.
Students visited the 400-year-old Bodleian Library, and the 493-year-old Divinity School during their stay at Oxford University. A workshop focusing on art history preceded a trip to the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London.