Research excellence of Lingnan University recognised with outstanding results in this year's General Research Fund and Early Career Scheme applications
25 Sep 2015
Lingnan University achieved outstanding results in the 2015/16 funding exercise of the Research Grants Council’s General Research Fund (GRF) and Early Career Scheme (ECS), which is a recognition to the University’s research excellence.
The Research Grants Council has earlier announced the application results of its GRF and ECS in 2015/16. Lingnan University has successfully obtained funding support for 13 GRF and five ECS projects totaling over HK$6.8 million. The amount of funds obtained is more than double of last year’s HK$3.1 million.
For GRF applications, Lingnan has 13 projects funded out of 36 applications with a success rate of 36.1% that is higher than the sector-wide average of 34.9%, and ranked second among all the eight UGC-funded institutions. In the panel of Humanities & Social Sciences, Lingnan obtained funding for nine projects with success rate of 47.4% is higher than the sector-wide 32.7% and ranked top among the institutions.
For ECS applications, Lingnan topped the chart with five out of seven proposals succeeded in obtaining funding, with a success rate of 71.4% that is higher than the sector-wide average of 39.9%. Lingnan also came first under the panel of Humanities and Social Sciences with four projects succeeded in obtaining funding, representing a success rate of 66.7% compared to the sector-wide average of 34.3%. Among the ECS proposals submitted, 43% have been evaluated as having high quality in the rank of 4.5 (on a scale of 1 to 5), which is much higher than the sector-wide figure of 20% assessed to be of high quality (i.e. ranked “4.5” or “5”).
Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice-President of Lingnan University pointed out that Lingnan has committed to providing quality liberal arts education and conduct research works with high quality and impact to the society. “We are thrilled to learn that our efforts and true vigour as a liberal arts university are concretely reflected by the exciting news that Forbes has named Lingnan University as one of the ‘Top Ten Liberal Arts Colleges in Asia’ in 2015.”
“The GRF and ECS funding results also clearly demonstrated Lingnan’s research strength. We shall seek to establish collaborations with local and overseas universities to build up our unique research capability,” said Prof Mok.
Researchers in Lingnan University have all along combined scholarly work with applied, policy-oriented research. The University’s seven focus areas of research are modern literature in Chinese, international financial markets and economic performance, taxation in China, conflict management in Chinese business, age and work-life balance, cinema studies, and cultural policy and heritage.
Please visit the website of the Research Grants Council (http://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/) for application results of GRF and ECS in 2015/16. For summary of application results of Lingnan University, please refer to the Appendix.