Lingnan College's relatively small size and closely integrated set-up have been praised by the University Grants Committee. The committee has published the results of the college's Teaching and Learning Quality Process Review. Professor Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, president of Lingnan College, said the review panel was impressed by its quality assurance systems, tight-knit academic community and close student-staff relationships. 'We are proud of our achievements in these key aspects of the college and will continue to nurture them in all of our activities.' Professor Chen said. He said that college staff had to spend at least half their time teaching but they still tried to develop a research culture. The panel's report also commends the college's students for their support of the college mission and the concept of liberal education, and for their understanding of the value and purpose of general education studies. The college is also planning to introduce a credit-based system within three years. Meanwhile, more than 100 students received awards for their outstanding performances. The college's 1997 awards ceremony was at Tuen Mun Town Hall. Thirty-three scholarships were presented. J. K. Lee Memorial Gold Medals were also given to the best student from each faculty. Lau Ho-yan, a third-year student, was named best student of the Faculty of Arts; third-year Jacqueline Kwan Wai-man was best business student and Fok Chi-yuen, a second-year, was best at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Most Outstanding Student was third-year business student Elsa Ma Wing-sze. Students must demonstrate social awareness, make a good contribution to the college or community, and perform outstandingly in their studies. Ms Ma said: 'I think both studying and extracurricular activity should be balanced. 'I attach great importance to the extracurricular activity as it enables me to learn how to conduct myself in society and how to deal with affairs in a more mature way.' Ms Kwan said: 'I think the curriculum at secondary school is too theoretical, and post-secondary education provides more opportunity for students to participate in activities which widen our horizons.' The college has set up a Community Development Committee to strengthen communication with the community.