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University Assembly

The University Assembly is a signature event organised at least once a year to complement the academic programmes of our liberal arts education. Luminaries of diverse backgrounds are invited to share their experience and exchange views with our students enabling them to widen their perspectives and keep abreast of the community’s development and concerns.


University Assembly


Speaker: Prof. TING, Samuel Chao Chung, the Nobel Laureate in Physics
Host: Professor S. Joe Qin, President of Lingnan University, Wai Kee Kau Chair Professor of Data Science

2 November 2023

Search for Fundamental Elements of Nature

On 2 November, the University Assembly, hosted by LU President Prof. S. Joe QIN, invited Prof. TING, Samuel Chao Chung, the Nobel Laureate in Physics to speak on the topic “Search for Fundamental Elements of Nature”.  Prof. Ting not just shared his profound insights, but also introduced his current research on physics “The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) on the International Space Station”.  Following his enlightening presentation, Prof. Ting engaged in a stimulating dialogue hosted by the President with the students, left the audience inspired, fostering a deep curiosity to further unravel the mysteries of the universe, and passing on the spirit of scientists to the next generation.  He emphasised the importance of experimentation and curiosity, “Achievements in this world are driven by curiosity about nature”.

The University Assembly witnessed an overwhelming response, with over 800 students from Lingnan University, Yan Chai Hospital No.2 Secondary School, and their staff and guests.

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Speaker: Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, Founder and Chairman of the China Heritage Fund (CHF), and Ms. Happy Harun, Project Director of the China Heritage Fund (CHF)
Host: Prof. CHENG Kwok Hon Leonard, President of Lingnan University

13 February 2023

The Palace of Established Happiness – Restoring a Garden in the Forbidden City

The Garden, in the northwest quarter of the Forbidden City, was commissioned by Qing Emperor Qianlong in 1742, and burned down in 1923 when the deposed emperor Puyi was still living in the Forbidden City.

For three-quarters of a century, the incinerated garden was forgotten under a pile of rubble, and it was not until 2005, when the first large-scale reconstruction project inside the Forbidden City since the early 20th century, begun in 1997 and fully supported by the CHF, was accomplished, that the world could see and appreciate the beauty of this cultural heritage, Qianlong’s favourite retreat, once decorated with exquisite pavilions, weathered rocks, sunken courtyards, winding galleries, and Qianlong’s art collection.

The President’s conversation with Chan and Harun and the Q&A session gave the audience of 700 students from Lingnan University, two affiliated secondary schools, and their staff and guests a thorough understanding of this interesting story and the CHF’s concern for China’s cultural heritage and legacy.

“I firmly believe that the preservation and inheritance of culture is crucial to the continuation of human civilisation,” President Cheng said. “By appreciating the country's cultural relics and ancient buildings, students can better understand its history and culture from ancient times to the present, as well as the transformation of society from tradition to modernity.”

Lingnan University will organise more cultural and artistic activities with Chinese characteristics, the President said, so that foreign students can recognise and value the splendid and beautiful Chinese culture, and exchanges will be promoted between China and the whole world.

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Speaker: Mr. Joseph H L Chan, JP, Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, The Government of Hong Kong SAR
Host: Dr. Kent Lai, Managing Director for MIBF Programme, Department of Economics, Taught Postgraduate Programme Office, Lingnan University

19 Apr 2021

Hong Kong's Positioning as an International Financial Centre and Government Policies Developing the Financial Services Industry

Joseph Chan, Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, is invited to offer valuable insights into the positioning and development of Hong Kong as an international financial centre. This assembly will cover the topics such as students’ professional and career development, capital markets, FinTech, sustainable finance, and the opportunities presented by the development of the Greater Bay Area.

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Photo of Leonard K Cheng, Steven Lam and Anthony So doing panel discussion on the stage.

Speakers: Mr. Steven Lam, Founder & CEO, GOGOX Holdings Ltd. and Mr. Anthony So, Founder & CEO, OnGrad Consulting Ltd.
Host: Prof. Leonard K. Cheng, President of Lingnan University

23 Apr 2018

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Start-ups

Over the decade we’ve seen so many start-ups with brilliant and innovative ideas in Hong Kong. Some of them are still growing fast and strong while some of them are already out of the game. What is the essence of being an entrepreneur and how does it relate to a University and the University students?

In this University Assembly, Prof. Leonard K Cheng shared explained the facts about innovations, the new economy driven by information and communication technology and the roles to be played by a University. Two young and energetic co-founders and CEOs of successful start-ups, Mr. Steven Lam of Gogovan (now GOGOX) and Mr. Anthony So of OnGrad, shared with the audience their real-life stories of how a simple idea would grow into new icons in their respective industries.


Speaker: Mr. Chung Po-yang, SBS, OBE, JP, Chairman Emeritus, DHL Express (Hong Kong) Ltd.

27 Mar 2017

Service Leadership:  The 2nd Education Revolution in the 21st Century 廿一世紀服務領導新定向

“20th Century Manufacturing Management was about “doing things right”.  21st Century Service Leadership isn’t only about doing things right; it’s also about “doing the right things with the right heart” by Po Chung.

Societies everywhere are moving rapidly from the Manufacturing Age to the Service Age.   Hong Kong has been at the forefront of the transformation to service with 97% of the working population in service roles.  

“Competence, Character and Care”, these three key elements for successful service, are intertwined, coming as a package into the workplace to perform the service in the 21st Century.

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Speaker: US Consul General Kurt W. Tong

31 Oct 2016

U.S. - Hong Kong Economic Relationship

US Consul General Kurt W. Tong explained how the successful relationship between the U.S. and Hong Kong brings economic benefit and opportunities to both sides - after all, the United States is Hong Kong's second largest trading partner after China, and Hong Kong is the 10th largest export market of United States. What makes Hong Kong such a good busienss environment, and how can we use innovation to keep our economies competitive?

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Speaker: Mr. Lau Ming Wai, BBS, JP

11 Oct 2016

港青主場 – 劉鳴煒談香港青年的機遇和出路
House of Youth – Mr. Lau Ming-wai on the Prospects of Young People in Hong Kong

(Chinese only) 面對香港現今的情況,年青人面對愈來愈多的挑戰,到底香港的青年發展會何去何從?是次大學論壇,邀請到青年事務委員會主席劉鳴煒先生與同學分享和探索香港青年面對現今時局的機遇和出路。劉鳴煒先生為青年事務委員會主席,華人置業集團主席及智經研究中心副主席。劉先生熱心香港與內地的公共事務,為海洋公園公司董事局副主席、扶貧委員會及策略發展委員會之非官方委員,亦曾於哈佛大學擔任客席講師。

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Speaker: Mr. David Yeung

21 March 2016

Green Monday X 綠‧惜‧嶺南
Green Monday X Lingnan

(Chinese only) Green Monday 聯合創辦人楊大偉(David),以多元化創新社會企業模式推動素食及環保,以簡單易行的方式令公眾實踐健康低碳生活,開創香港綠色生活潮流。 是次大學論壇,David除了跟大家分享他的Go Green理念,更會分享他如何在香港的主流營商環境中,開闢出社會企業的新消費模式。