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Since Lingnan University was founded in Guangzhou in 1888, Education for Service has always been the university’smotto and helped cultivate a lot of talents in various sectors, promoting the modernization of the country. As a university of liberal arts, the university aims to enhance the abilities of students to adapt to the ever-changing society. In the 2018 QS Asian University Ranking, Lingnan University was honoured as one of the Top 100 Universities in Asia. In other words, among the 11,900 universities in Asia, Lingnan University was listed in the top 1%.

At present, different scholars and colleges have different understandings and interpretations of the term STEM. Most people believe it originated from Dr. Judith Ramaley who was the Directorate for Education and Human Resources of the U.S. National Science Foundation. Dr. Ramaley proposed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Plan in 2001, a comprehensive scientific and technological education driven by problem-solving,hoping to help people adaptto the future diverse, complicated and cooperation-oriented society.

In 2010, former President of the U.S. Obama mentioned that the success of a country is determined by innovation in the world, which largely depends on STEM education. In the 2013 White House Science Fair, Obama also addressed that STEM education should be a priority. Thus, competition between countries in term of their economy and innovative technology is relevant to current education in STEM .

In order to promote Hong Kong and the innovative ability of the whole country, we should begin by developing the relatively new concept of STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and enhancing the cultivation of young talents.

In order to further the development of innovative and multi-talented individuals, and support STEAM education, Lingnan University established the Lingnan University STEAM Education and Research Centre with the generous support of social philanthropists. The centre mainly focuses on designing STEAM curriculum, academic and educational policy research, teacher training, student competitions, support for primary and secondary education, and academic forums.

To further promote STEM teacher training, student competitions, curriculum research and design projects in the Mainland and Hong Kong, National Institute of Education Sciences (NIES) and Lingnan University jointly established Mainland and Hong Kong STEM Education Research Centre . and NIES is the most well-known educational research think tank in the Mainland China. This centre aims to unite local, Mainland and overseas scholars and professionals from businesses and other industries to support the education authorities in promoting the competitiveness of Hong Kong and the country as a whole in a variety of ways, including promoting innovative project incubators.

In sum, STEAM Education and Research Centre of Lingnan University and National Institute of Education Sciences are committed to promoting quality education in STEAM education to encounter challenges from rapid development in economy, science and technology in order to enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong and the whole country.