Liberal Arts Education at Lingnan University, Hong Kong: Opportunities and Challenges

Mark A. McGINLEY*, Donghui LI

*Corresponding author for this work

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Lingnan University (LU) in Hong Kong provides whole-person education combining the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions. LU recently enhanced its liberal arts education by developing critical skills and attitudes required for long-term success in the rapidly changing world (e.g., critical thinking, entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership), refocusing the balance between disciplinary/vocational training and whole-person development, establishing new programs that meet student and societal needs, encouraging high-impact pedagogies, and expanding residential education. Assessments of student and employer satisfaction indicate appreciation for LU’s liberal arts approach. Other universities in China are likely to face similar opportunities and challenges, so LU’s experiences can provide a roadmap for success and evidence of the ultimate value of liberal arts education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-138
Number of pages24
JournalInnovative Teaching and Learning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Liberal Arts Education
  • General Education
  • Whole-personal Development
  • Higher Education
  • Hong Kong


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