For any organization Covid-19 presents a serious continuity problem. The attack of the novel coronavirus entails a shrinkage of the space of human face-to-face interactions and uncertainty of its duration and intensity. In this talk I shall briefly report how Lingnan University deals with the Covid-19 challenge by adjusting the mode of teaching and learning in response to changes in the epidemic’s impact on public health. While replicating the essential elements of regular classroom learning with online classes and offering hybrid learning when public health conditions permit are central to our effort, we face an even bigger challenge in providing required or highly recommended learning experiences outside the classroom. The latter include a) our co-curricular Integrated Learning Program (including hostel education) whose intended learning goal is whole-person development, b) community services, c) internships, and d) global experience. I look forward to learning about how other universities address these or other learning needs of their students under threat of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Biography of speaker
Prof. Leonard Cheng
Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Professor Leonard K Cheng has been President of Lingnan University (LU) of Hong Kong since September 2013. Prior to joining LU, he served as Dean of the School of Business and Management of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST Business School) from 2009 to 2013. Professor Cheng graduated with a first-class honours Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in economics from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1975, and was awarded an MA and a PhD in economics by the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977 and 1980, respectively. His research interests include applied game theory, market structure, currency crisis, international trade and investment, technological innovation and imitation, and China’s inward and outward foreign direct investment. He has published papers in many leading academic journals in economics, and has served as an associate editor of the Journal of International Economics and Pacific Economic Review.