LINGNAN College is to consult the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation in its preparation for a full-scale institutional review to determine its readiness to become a university. Speaking at the first open day of Lingnan's new campus in Tuen Mun, President, Professor Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, who succeeded Dr John Chen Tso-shun in September, said the University Grants Committee had scheduled the review for early or mid-1997 to gauge the college's teaching quality, quality assurance, curriculum development, research and administration. 'Since the council has expertise in this area [assisting tertiary institutes to upgrade academically], we will consult it prior to the institutional review,' he said. 'If the college passes the review, we will draft new constitutions immediately. The drafting will not take long since we have the two former polytechnics and Baptist University as examples. 'If everything goes well, Lingnan will become a university in 1998,' Professor Chen said. He said the college was already doing its best to ensure the review was successful, by improving the teacher assessment system and placing greater emphasis on research. Following the example of other universities, the college's students will be asked to give feedback on lecturers, teaching materials and methods, and the curriculum. On the research front, Professor Chen said the college would bring in overseas researchers to lead groups of three to four teaching staff. 'In line with these plans, two associate vice-presidents [one local and one Australian] will join the college in March, and at this moment, we are advertising for five full professors locally and internationally,' he said. The new 8.27-hectare campus houses four teaching blocks, an auditorium, library, president's lodge, an indoor sports complex, swimming pool, tennis court and other facilities. By February 1997, 1,500 student units will be completed, with another 500 awaiting funding.