Vision, Mission and Core Values

At Lingnan, our commitment to quality education is realized through a comprehensive curriculum that builds upon pioneering research to shape the future. This educational approach is enriched by close staff-student relationships, vibrant residential campus life, diverse extra-curricular activities, proactive community service, extensive workplace experience, global alumni network and impact, as well as numerous global learning opportunities. We are evolving from a focus on liberal arts to a broader emphasis on quality education, ensuring that each element of our university experience contributes to the development of well-rounded, informed, and socially responsible individuals.



To excel as a leading Asian quality education university with international recognition, distinguished by outstanding teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement.




Lingnan University is committed to

  • providing quality whole-person education by combining the best of the Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions;
  • encouraging faculty and students to contribute to society through original research and knowledge transfer.




Education for service



Core Values

  • A collegial community of learning and discovery for students and scholar-teachers 
    Lingnan aims to build a community of learning and discovery with collegial students and scholar-teachers who respect each other, keep an open mind, embrace diversity, appreciate different views, uphold academic freedom and freedom of expression, and accept responsibility for their words and deeds.
  • Whole-person cultivation and all-round development 
    Lingnan endeavours to cultivate students’ whole-person and all-round growth. It encourages students to pursue independent and critical thinking, creativity and innovation, excellent communication skills including a high level of literacy, social responsibility, personal virtue, cultural accomplishment and a passion for lifelong learning.
  • Community engagement and social responsibility 
    Lingnan encourages its members to care for others, to be responsible for their own actions, to serve the local community and beyond, and to make a positive impact for the betterment of humanity.
  • The Lingnan spirit 
    The Lingnan spirit, which has flourished since Lingnan’s founding in Canton (Guangzhou) in 1888 as Christian College in China, has served over the years to bond all Lingnanians together, and continues to inspire the University today. The Lingnan spirit is marked by passion, loyalty, perseverance, openness to different ideas and cultures, and a readiness to serve.