Lingnan University appoints Professor S Joe Qin as next President

31 Oct 2022

Lingnan University appoints Professor S Joe Qin as next President

Photo: The Council of Lingnan University appoints Prof S Joe Qin (Left) as the next President. Council Chairman Mr Andrew Yao Cho-fai (Centre) and President Prof Leonard K Cheng (Right) congratulate Prof Qin on his new appointment.

The Council of Lingnan University approved on 17 October the recommendation of its Search Committee to appoint Prof S Joe Qin, who is a world-leading data science expert, as the next President for a period of five years.


The Council Chairman of LU, Mr Andrew Yao Cho-fai congratulated Prof Qin on his new appointment. “Prof Qin is a proven leader in higher education and an accomplished scholar with global recognition. Prof Qin also has rich knowledge of education systems of Mainland, the US and Hong Kong and is an active leading researcher in his field. The Council considers him to be a suitable president to lead the University forward,” he said.


President Prof Leonard K Cheng said, “I congratulate Prof Qin on his appointment as President of LU and wish him all the best in his new role. With his rich experiences in higher education and profound expertise in data science and related fields, I truly believe that he will take LU to new heights.”


Professor Qin said “LU stands out in its whole-person education system, its glorious long history of higher education, and determination to excel in the digital era. I am very fortunate and proud to be selected as its next President to carry forward the traditions and ascend to excellence on the world’s higher education stage together with all Lingnanians.”


Prof Qin received his Bachelor (1984) and Master degrees (1987) in Automation and Automatic Control from Tsinghua University, and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (1992) in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park.


Currently he serves as Dean and Chair Professor of Data Science, the School of Data Science and Director of Hong Kong Institute for Data Science at the City University of Hong Kong. Specialising in data analytics, machine learning, and model predictive control, Prof Qin has been elected to the rank of Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in 2020. He is also Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). His scholastic excellence has been recognized internationally with awards from IEEE and AIChE, being the only recipient among those who were educated in mainland China.


“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof Cheng for his significant contributions to the University over the years. Under his leadership, Lingnan University gained notable international recognition and became a world-leading liberal arts university,” said Mr Andrew Yao Cho-fai.


Meeting with New P

Prof Qin meets with LU students, staff members and alumni.