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Letter to Lingnanians

25 February 2015

Leonard K Cheng

Leonard K Cheng

Dear students, colleagues and alumni,

At the beginning of the Year of the Goat, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a healthy, joyful and fruitful year ahead!

The Year of the Goat has special meaning for Lingnan. When Lingnan was re-established in Hong Kong in 1967, it was a Year of the Goat. And in 1991 when it became a degree-conferring institution funded by the then University & Polytechnic Grants Committee (which laid the foundation for our university status since 1999), that was another Year of the Goat! In fact, this year is Lingnan’s fifth Year of the Goat in Hong Kong, and I hope we shall make significant achievements as we continue to develop our university as an internationally recognised liberal arts institution.

Looking forward, we need to further strengthen our position to meet the challenges ahead in view of new developments in higher education both locally and internationally. In mid-2014, after critically reviewing the University’s vision and mission statements which were developed in 2009, we started a comprehensive process of reformulating and refining these statements with a view to building upon our tradition, capitalising on our strengths and heading towards our goal of becoming one of the best liberal arts universities in Asia. The process included consultations with the University’s senior management, Council and Court members, staff, students and alumni, and witnessed the convergence of successive revisions of draft statements. The final version was endorsed by the Senate and then approved for adoption by the Council at its meeting on 9 February 2015. 

Our new vision and mission statements provide us with a clear direction for future development. Our new vision statement has been extended to highlight “community engagement”, something we have been doing all along without explicit affirmation. The new mission statement spells out clearly the University’s goals of “providing quality whole-person education informed by the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions” and “encouraging faculty and students to contribute to society through original research and knowledge transfer”.

We have specified that liberal arts education at Lingnan is achieved through our deliberately small enrolment, broad-based curriculum, close staff-student relationship, rich residential life and extra-curricular activities, active community service and multi-faceted workplace experience, strong alumni and community support, and global learning opportunities.

Our motto “Education for service” and four core values (namely “a collegial community of learning and discovery for students and scholar-teachers”, “whole-person cultivation and all-round development”, “community engagement and social responsibility” and “the Lingnan spirit”), which reaffirm our major goals and aspirations, are now presented after the vision and mission statements. You may go to to read the details.

I would like to express my gratitude to all Lingnanians who have contributed to the University’s new vision and mission statements and core values. Now that our common goals and direction of development are clear, let’s work together to scale new heights!

With best wishes,
Leonard K Cheng