Lingnan University presents awards to honour outstanding research and knowledge transfer endeavours
23 Mar 2018
Outstanding research and knowledge transfer endeavours by scholars of Lingnan University were recognised at the University’s Research and Knowledge Transfer Excellence Awards Presentation Ceremony held today (23 March).
Lingnan University is committed to encouraging faculty and students to contribute to society through original research and knowledge transfer. The objective of the University’s Research and Knowledge Transfer Excellence Awards is to honor achievements of its scholars that have transformed and benefitted society and also assisted the University in developing close ties with the local and regional community. They were presented when the University is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its re-establishment in Hong Kong this year.
At the ceremony, RGC Competitive Grants Awards were presented to the principal investigators of 22 research projects supported by the Research Grants Council (RGC) in the 2017/18 exercise under the General Research Fund (GRF), Early Career Scheme (ECS) or Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (HSSPFS). Full list of the awardees can be found in the Appendix.
In the 2017/18 round, Lingnan University has a record high of 22 projects funded, with the total sum of funds also hits its highest amount of HK$7 million. The funding results has ascertained Lingnan’s endeavours in building up its unique research capability and impactful research.
Research Output Excellence Awards were presented to the department of each of the University’s three Faculties (i.e. Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business, Faculty of Social Sciences) that have research areas achieving the highest score in a recent internal exercise in which more than 30 international academics were invited from renowned institutions to assess publications of the University’s faculty members. Recipients of the awards are Department of Translation of the Faculty of Arts, Department of Computing and Decision Sciences of the Faculty of Business, and Department of Sociology and Social Policy of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
On the other hand, Knowledge Transfer Excellence Awards were presented to exemplary impact cases supported by the University’s Knowledge Transfer Project Fund in which research findings have been extended to benefit the social, cultural and economic fabrics of the community or related industry.
Two knowledge transfer projects received the awards. They include the “Touching the Earth – Environmental Art Workshop at Lai Chi Wo” project led by Prof Sophia Law Suk-mun, Associate Professor of the Department of Visual Studies. It adopted the “Creative Nature Connection” approach to induce a series of artful and nature-centred creativities to alert local students’ environmental awareness of the deserted region of Lai Chi Wo with rich natural and cultural resources.
The other is the “Promoting Effective e-learning Modes in Schools of Mainland China and Hong Kong” project led by Prof Wei Xiangdong, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of the Department of Economics. The project builds partnership with Intel China and education bureaus in Nanchang, Shaoyang, Zhaoqing and Zhongshan in Mainland China to promote the effective use of e-learning and reduce regional inequality in education. It has made good progress with participating groups accumulated considerable knowledge and experience in promoting the use of e-learning.