In 2015, Lingnan University was named one of the “Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges in Asia” by Forbes. In the“Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings 2018” announced in October 2017, Lingnan University is ranked within the top 100 Asian universities.
The Department of Economics at Lingnan University, which is one of eight public-funded universities in Hong Kong, is ranked:
1. Third in terms of 4-star research output in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise Publication (world leading level)
2. Overall third in terms of 4-star research output (world leading level) and 3-star research output (internationally excellent level) in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise Publication
3. Fifth among all economic research institutions in China, according to the “China Economic Review” Magazine*
* Source: YU Xiaohua and GAO Zhifeng (2010). An updated ranking of the economic research institutions in China. China Economic Review, 21, 579.
The China Economic Research Programme (CERP) of Lingnan University was established in April 2016 with the generous donation and ardent support from Ho Iu Kwong Charity Foundation. CERP aims to pave the way for closer collaboration on scholarly and policy research between the academic communities and the industries of the Mainland China and Hong Kong. Under this approach, CERP is committed to conducting policy research related to sustainable economic development of the Mainland and Hong Kong as well as promoting knowledge transfer that will benefit both business and labour, and that will foster entrepreneurship and innovation.
To achieve the above aims, CERP focuses on academic and research activities that engage with academics and professional experts. The programme aims to encourage scholars and researchers to conduct research, promote more cooperation and exchanges between Hong Kong and Mainland universities and academic think tanks, and to provide advisory consultations, business solution proposals, and training services to businesses, professionals and other economic policy stakeholders. It also aims to provide more academic outcomes. In the past two years, CERP has launched two entrepreneurship training and internship programmes to universities students and these programmes were praised by the University Grant Committee.
PAN Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute (PSEI), Lingnan University (Previously called: Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Centre, PSEC) was established with the generous support of Mr. Pan Sutong and Hongkong-Shanghai Economic Development Association. PSEC was founded in early 2015 and its main objective is to strengthen the study of issues related to the economic and financial development of China and Hong Kong. Since July 2018, PSEC was upgraded and renamed PSEI, and set up the STEAM Education and Research Centre (SERC) under its management .
PSEI will bring together outstanding research talents from the two regions through the integration of resources from the Mainland and Hong Kong, to strengthen research on major issues in the economic and financial development of the Mainland and Hong Kong. It also strives to provide in-depth studies on industry and economic policies, and foster mutual prosperity of the Mainland and Hong Kong through offering research consultancy on industry and economic policies and providing policy advice to the authorities. In the years ahead, PSEI will focus on major economic and financial issues including the Belt and Road Initiative, Bay Area Economic Research (which includes Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the Hangzhou Bay Greater Bay Area etc.), a development strategy for the internationalisation of Renminbi, the policy direction of the “free trade zone” and its impact on the economy of Mainland China and Hong Kong, and financial innovation and market supervision.
Since the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative, CERP and PSEC have organized international forums and seminars with local and overseas agencies annually and these events gain much attention in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. MIDE students will benefit from this programme by being given first priority to join various activities such as relevant research projects and forums.