LINGNAN College will double its first-year first-degree places in the next academic year, following validation of two new degree programmes in Business Administration and Chinese. According to the institute secretary Dr Katherine Yao York-bing, the accrediting exercise was conducted by the Hongkong Council for Academic Accreditation (HKCAA) last month. With the validation, Lingnan College will now offer a new degree programme in Business Administration, with a projected intake of 160 students in September, while the Faculty of Arts will offer 75 places for a Chinese degree programme. Last year, Lingnan could offer only 248 first-year first-degree places, and these were for the Social Sciences and Translation degree course. The Business Administration programme will be in four main streams - Accounting, Information Systems, Human Resources Management and Marketing - and the intake will be increased to 385 next year. Four additional streams - Finance, Entrepreneurship, Purchasing and Supply Management, and International Business - will be introduced by 1994. Lingnan College became a government-funded tertiary institute in 1991 when it started offering degree programmes in Translation and Social Sciences, for which about 150 students were accepted. Dr Yao told Young Post that all study programmes in the arts, business and social sciences faculties would be at degree level from next year. To meet the Government target for tertiary education expansion, Lingnan will increase its student population to about 2,000 in 1994-95. Meanwhile, the college is creating conversion courses so that honours diploma graduates can upgrade their qualifications to degree level. ''The conversion programme will be a part-time course,'' she said, ''This will be convenient for prospective students who are already employed.'' According to information from the institute secretariat, the Faculty of Social Sciences will offer 85 places in its conversion programmes this year. At the same time, the Faculty of Arts will offer translation conversion programmes that will create 50 honours degree and 25 general degree places. By 1994-95, Lingnan will have 65 places for its conversion programme in Chinese. Following further approval from the HKCAA, Business Administration conversion programmes will be introduced next year. To cope with its expansion, Lingnan College, one of the seven government-funded tertiary institutes, will move to Tuen Mun in 1995. The new campus will accommodate about 2,000 students.