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Annual Presidents' Forum 2018
15-16 November 2018

Scholar from Kyung Hee University Visiting Lingnan University in April 2018
23 April 2018

The Launch Conference of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities
20-21 November 2017






Annual Presidents' Forum 2018
15-16 November 2018

The Annual Presidents’ Forum of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities  was held on 15 and 16 November at Lingnan University. 

The two-day forum was attended by 50 participants, including representatives of alliance members, potential new member, the senior management and faculty members of Lingnan University. The forum offered a good opportunity to discuss matters of importance to the Alliance and to shape the forthcoming years’ agenda. It also provided a platform for member institutions to identify major issues and challenges with reference to international best practices in higher education, search for innovative approaches to liberal arts education given the current and future landscape in higher education in Asia and join efforts in addressing the new challenges and opportunities in liberal arts education.

In the welcoming address, Prof Leonard K CHENG, President of Lingnan University expressed his gratitude for having altogether 22 member institutions from Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and India to join the Alliance. President CHENG remarked that “Providing quality liberal arts education is our common mission and passion. We need to share information and insights, in particular best practices of what works and what does not.” He also shared with participants the important achievements of the Alliance made this year in the areas of student mobility, faculty exchange and research collaboration.  

During the Forum, members discussed possible collaborations in the areas of programme development, entrepreneurship, research and civic engagement and developed the AALAU common theme of 2018-19 – “Asian Comparative Studies”. Members will work concertedly on collaborations promoting the theme and engage faculty members and students in related projects and activities.     

The Forum was supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as lead sponsor and the Lingnan Foundation as key partner and sponsor.

For photos of the event, please visit HERE.

Press coverage of the Annual Presidents' Forum 2018

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Scholar from Kyung Hee University Visiting Lingnan University in April 2018
23 April 2018

Supported by the Alliance funds for scholar visits between members of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities, Prof. Stephen Yong-Seung Park, Professor of Human Resource Management and Director of Institute for Peace through Commerce of Kyung Hee University visited Lingnan University in the week of 23 April 2018.

In the workshop delivered by Prof. Park at Lingnan University, the new model of management education in Kyung Hee University was illustrated and shared with the audience. It provided a precious opportunity for participants to have an in-depth exploration on the new paradigm. Followed by reflections from the floor, direct interactions with Prof. Park served as a platform to review the integrated transformational model of Responsible Management Education in the contemporary business education system.

Following the workshop, Prof. Park had a meeting with Prof. Alfred Wong, Head of Department of Management of Lingnan University, and faculty members from the Department to explore further collaboration opportunities.

The visit tightened the connection and partnership between Kyung Hee University and Lingnan University.

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The Launch Conference of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities
20-21 November 2017

The Launch Conference of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities organised by Lingnan University in Hong Kong was held on 20 and 21 November 2017. With the theme of Liberal Arts Education in an Asian Context: Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives, the two-day Conference brought together educators from all over the world to appraise liberal arts education from an Asian perspective.

The Conference also marks the launch of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities and is a major activity organised by Lingnan University in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of its re-establishment in Hong Kong.

The objectives of setting up the Alliance are to enable universities with similar features and missions to learn from each other, through benchmarking, best practices that can collectively enhance their quality of teaching, learning and research. It can also raise the image and profile of the member universities by increasing their international presence, and will help to promote liberal arts education and its benefits and importance in Asia.

Professor Leonard K Cheng, President of Lingnan University suggested it was time to appraise liberal arts education and rethink its positioning in the Asian context in view of the challenges and opportunities for the coming decades. “In recent years, we have witnessed in many Asian countries a significant interest in liberal arts education. Major investment has been made in the development of liberal arts institutions as an alternative to their traditional higher education counterparts where highly specialised, technical or career-oriented undergraduate programmes are offered.”

Apart from the Launch Conference, the Alliance will explore cooperation in different aspects such as student and staff exchange, programme development, as well as academic and research collaborations.

Recap of the Launch Conference of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities:

For video of the event: please visit HERE.

For photos of the event, please visit HERE.

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