STORIES OF TRANSFORMATION
The success of Lingnan graduates is the best evidence of the power of liberal arts education. Inspired by the all-round education at Lingnan University, not only are they valued as creative thinkers and integrative problem-solvers in the workplace, many of them are also change-makers for the society.
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) (Major in Economics) (2008)
Consultant, Lippincott and Head of Brand Strategy (volunteer), Givo
Graduating from Lingnan in 2008, Yenson continued his postgraduate education by completing a full-time MBA programme at the Cambridge Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge in Britain, specialising in marketing and strategy. While Yenson’s responsibilities as a brand consultant cover a number of diverse areas, it is vital that he is able to understand and interpret clients’ often complex requests, and articulate them into clear communication. Yenson explains that the skills and mindset he relies on focus on the ability to think critically and clearly in order to understand what people mean rather than what they say. “I believe my willingness to listen, my ability to empathise and to bond with clients have developed relatively early in my career partly because of my liberal studies background,” says Yenson.
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) (Major in Finance) (2011)
Associate, Nomura International (Hong Kong)
Graduating from Lingnan in 2011, Betty went on to pursue a master’s degree in Oxford University before embarking on a career with Nomura, one of the world’s top global investment banks. Her job involves the ability to perceive the linkage between global, regional and local events or issues, and to communicate them effectively not only to her own team, but also to various stakeholders around the world. “I have been trained at Lingnan to be open to ideas, respectful of different cultures, and appreciative of diversity,” Betty says. “It is extremely useful as I work in such a multicultural setting in a global firm. It enables me to establish a rapport with colleagues and various stakeholders around the world. It makes me a better colleague, and a better team player.”
While majoring in Chinese, Tim did not bury himself in books but instead enjoyed a “colourful” student life which opened up his horizons and cultivated his creativity. “I’ve acquired valuable event management experience outside the classroom, and that’s how I was nurtured to think outside the box and put game-changing ideas into practice. Apart from attending lectures, we also had meaningful exchanges during tutorials. I have obviously improved my interpersonal and communication skills, which are crucial in my work place and in a people-oriented business,” he says.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Translation (2002)
Barrister-at-law, Liberty Chambers
Foster’s legal work is strongly characterised by the humanistic approach and values he absorbed while studying at Lingnan. “Never forget your origins, and always show empathy to others. That is exactly what being a ‘Lingnanian’ entails,” he notes. He cruised along in low gear during his secondary school studies and in his first year at Lingnan. However, things later changed, thanks to an exchange opportunity offered by Lingnan. During his second year at Lingnan, Foster spent a semester as an exchange student at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, which is famous for its liberal arts programmes. “The different study environment in the US taught me the true meaning of perseverance, which I continued with when I returned to Lingnan,” Foster says. After completing his Juris Doctor in 2009 and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws in 2010 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, he began a challenging but rewarding career as a Barrister-at-law.
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) (2005)
Kylie reminisced about the days when she was living in a university dormitory. Given its small campus and overwhelming student residency, Lingnan was a thriving and intimate community conducive to cultivating nimble young minds. “Being part of Lingnan University was like being part of a village. You got to meet people from different walks of life and listen to different ideas. There was a strong community where people were expected to respect and take care of each other. It made you a more sensitive, caring person who was aware of not only yourself but also about what was happening around you.”
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Studies (2010)
Director, James Wong Studio
When James planned to set up his own studio in London, his impeccable work and social skills helped him to gain customers by word of mouth, and he realised how important the skills learnt at Lingnan were in running his business, such as communication, leadership and problem solving skills, as well as teamwork and time management. He also came to appreciate the opportunit Lingnan gave him in the hostel, where he promoted programmes and designed leaflets, and by arranging his internship, where he developed many ideas on advertising and marketing. “To make a living, you have to know marketing. Running a business is mostly about advertising, marketing and finding new clients.”
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