Formerly known as Lingnan College, Lingnan University has positioned itself as a liberal arts institution based on an ancient concept which aims to develop students' all-round talents. Like many other liberal arts institutions, Lingnan keeps the student population small enough to allow closer interaction between teachers and students, and among fellow students. It had about 2,000 students last year. The subjects offered are mainly in the arts and social sciences. Living in hostels is regarded as an integral part of a liberal arts education and an opportunity to develop personally. Students are required to spend at least a year in a hostel. There are six hostels on campus providing 1,500 places. About 99 per cent of last year's graduates were either employed or continued to study further.
STUDENT'S VIEW ...
Jimmy Cheung, who next semester begins his third year majoring in philosophy at Lingnan University, was afraid the small university would cause him to become easily bored. He has been proved wrong. 'I would say that Lingnan has exceeded my expectations,' he said. In fact, its size is the main reason he likes this college. 'I treasure the friends that I have made here. Lingnan's small size has allowed me to form very strong bonds with the people around me, especially those in my major,' he said. And, because of its size, the professors were able to pay more attention to students' academic needs, Mr Leung said. 'You can tell the professors put tremendous effort and care into their teaching. The quality of teaching at Lingnan is pretty high.'