Vision, Mission & Core Values

The University has adopted the following vision, mission and core values since 2015 while its motto remains unchanged.


To excel as a leading Asian liberal arts university with international recognition, distinguished by outstanding teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement.


Lingnan University is committed to

  • providing quality whole-person education by combining the best of the Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions
  • nurturing students to achieve all-round excellence and imbuing them with its core values
  • encouraging faculty and students to contribute to society through original research and knowledge transfer


Education for service

Core Values

A collegial community of learning and discovery for students and scholar-teachers

Lingnan aims to build a community of learning and discovery with collegial students and scholar-teachers who respect each other, keep an open mind, embrace diversity, appreciate different views, uphold academic freedom and freedom of expression, and accept responsibility for their words and deeds.

Whole-person cultivation and all-round development

Lingnan endeavours to cultivate students’ whole-person and all-round growth. It encourages students to pursue independent and critical thinking, creativity and innovation, excellent communication skills including a high level of literacy, social responsibility, personal virtue, cultural accomplishment and a passion for lifelong learning.

Community engagement and social responsibility

Lingnan encourages its members to care for others, to be responsible for their own actions, to serve the local community and beyond, and to make a positive impact for the betterment of humanity.

The Lingnan spirit

The Lingnan spirit, which has flourished since Lingnan’s founding in Canton (Guangzhou) in 1888 as Christian College in China, has served over the years to bond all Lingnanians together, and continues to inspire the University today. The Lingnan spirit is marked by passion, loyalty, perseverance, openness to different ideas and cultures, and a readiness to serve.

Profile of the Ideal Lingnan Graduate

Liberal arts education at Lingnan University aims to instil a sense of civic duty in our students and to cultivate skills, competences and sensibilities that enable graduates to pursue their goals in a rapidly changing social, cultural and economic environment. Lingnan graduates will have breadth and depth of vision, the desire and capacity for public service, an awareness of the complexities that characterise enduring human dilemmas, and, accordingly, maturity of judgement. Excellent as leaders and employees, Lingnan graduates will be the beneficiaries of a multi-dimensional approach to learning.