Vice-President (Administration)

 The University

Lingnan University is one of the eight publicly funded institutions in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with the longest established tradition among the local institutions of higher education.  Lingnan University is a global leader in providing quality education focusing on whole-person development and conducting high-impact research for a better world. It ranks 2nd globally for “Quality Education” (SDG4) in the THE Impact Rankings 2023. Lingnan University has been ranked top 3 worldwide in four consecutive years in THE Impact Rankings.  Its overall impact ranking has risen 100 places and comes 6th among institutions in the Greater China region being assessed in the THE Impact Rankings 2023. It ranks first for “International Faculty”, “Inbound Exchange Students” and “Outbound Exchange Students” in QS Asia University Rankings 2021; and ranks 33rd for “International Faculty” in QS World University Rankings 2022.  Moving forward, Lingnan University aspires to become a leading research-intensive liberal arts institution in the digital era.


The Lingnan-60 global talent drive aims to recruit over 60 outstanding scholars from around the globe to join the University as tenured or tenure-track Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, or Chair Professor in all academic fields.  Interdisciplinary areas will be focused on that would spearhead a digitalized future for the University’s teaching and research capabilities.  Key areas include, but not limited to, Art and Technology, Metaverse and Humanities, Digital Humanities, Financial Technology, Financial Sustainability, Social Media Marketing, Human-AI Interactions, ESG and Disclosure in the Digital Era, Business Analytics and Technology, Mental Health and Wellbeing, etc.


Lingnan University’s Faculties of Arts, Business, Social Sciences, School of Graduate Studies and School of Interdisciplinary Studies run undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research postgraduate programmes.  Its liberal arts education model blends the arts, science, and elements around human and humanities.  Anticipating the establishment of the School of Data Science, Lingnan University strives to enhance innovation and technology research to drive a positive impact in the society and the world.  Building upon Lingnan University’s existing strength in combining the best of the Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions, the University will leverage its geographical strength in the Northern Metropolis and pioneer the liberal arts education model in the Greater Bay Area and beyond.  In the latest Research Assessment Exercise 2020 conducted by the UGC using international benchmarks to identify the areas of relative strengths of the city’s public universities, Lingnan University’s research in humanities, social sciences and business were classified as “World Leading” (4 star) and “Internationally Excellent” (3 star); and came first or second among all public universities in terms of the percentage of “World Leading” research work in Accountancy, Sociology & Anthropology, Social Work & Social Policy, and Philosophy.  Lingnan University’s strength in knowledge transfer lies in gerontechnology and smart ageing, data science, culture and heritage, humanitarian technology and environmental sustainability.

Building upon its previous success and responding to the changing landscape of the higher education sector, Lingnan University has announced its 2022-28 Strategic Plan ( which lays out a clear road map for the development of Lingnan in the next six years as the University fulfils its vision as a leading liberal arts university in Asia.

Further information about Lingnan University is available at 


Applications/nominations are now invited for the position of Vice-President (Administration), who is expected to assume duty as soon as possible.


The Position

The Vice-President (Administration) together with the Vice-President (Academics) cum Provost and the Vice-President (Research & Innovation) will assist the President in leading the University and be accountable to the Council via the President. The Vice-President (Administration) will provide strategic oversight and planning of the administrative resources and operations of the University and directly oversee the operation of three administrative units, viz. the Finance Office, the Office of Campus Development and Management, and the Human Resources Office and possibly other functions.


The Candidate

The candidate should understand, believe in, and be committed to the vision of liberal arts education at Lingnan University. The candidate is expected to be a dynamic leader with extensive and solid experience at senior management level in higher education institutions, government labs, non-profit or large corporations.  He/She should have vision and foresight in global context, and be able to lead and maintain a strategic overview of the administrative resources and functions of the University to ensure service delivery in support of the academic and research activities of the University and successful implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan.

The term for the first contract will normally be five years and will be renewable subject to mutual agreement. Competitive remuneration and fringe benefits will be provided.



Application and nomination

Lingnan University is being represented in this search by Heidrick & Struggles. Applications and nominations will be treated in the strictest confidence and should be sent to [email protected]. Applications should include a cover letter and a current curriculum vitae. Applications and nominations will be considered until the position is filled.

Lingnan University is committed to foster an inclusive environment and is an equal opportunities employer. Personal data collected will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes only. Lingnan University’s equal opportunities policy and privacy policy are available on its website.