Lingnan University was founded in Guangzhou in 1888 and re-established in Hong Kong in 1967. Lingnan University is currently the only liberal arts university in Hong Kong. To broaden its students' outlook, it places equal emphasis on professional training and language and information technology literacy. In addition, Lingnan seeks to integrate classroom learning, hostel life, and campus activities in order to achieve whole-person development and nurture students' ability in critical thinking, appreciation of aesthetics, ethics, and leadership skills. Students also learn to interact with others, and acquire an understanding of history and culture.

Lingnan has always been committed to providing quality education that prepares students to become caring, knowledgeable and responsible citizens, not only of Hong Kong but also of the global community. As encapsulated in school motto “Education for Service”, the University has a long-standing tradition of community service that all Lingnanians take pride in and strive to carry forward.

The story of Service-Learning at Lingnan started at 2004: Service-Learning and Research Scheme (SLRS), mainly funded by a donation from Kwan Fong Charitable Foundation, was designed as pilot program to aid the development of university-wide Service-Learning Programs in Lingnan University. Three distinctive programs were launched under the SLRS: Lingnan Health Care Ambassadors (LHCA), Lingnan Community Researchers (LCR) and Lingnan Cross-Cultural Buddies (LCCB), and with three forms of service practicum. A total of 200 students have served over 2100 individuals in the community since its kickoff, including children, the elderly, parents, ethnic minorities and people with learning disabilities.


LU Office of Service-Learning (OSL) was set up in November 2006 with the 5 million donations from Mr. LEUNG Kai Hung, Michael, Executive Chairman of Onwel Groups of Companies, and the matching grant from the University Grant Committee (UGC). It is the first stand-alone Service-Learning office among the universities in Hong Kong, which dedicates itself to nurturing change makers by encouraging students to engage in community service with academic knowledge through the experiential learning model.