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Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attributes

With our multi-dimensional approach to learning, Lingnan graduates will have breadth and depth of vision and knowledge.

Liberal arts education at Lingnan University aims to instil a sense of civic duty in our students and to cultivate skills, competences and sensibilities that enable graduates to pursue their goals in a rapidly changing social, cultural and economic environment. Lingnan graduates will have breadth and depth of vision, the desire and capacity for public service, an awareness of the complexities that characterise enduring human dilemmas, and, accordingly, maturity of judgement. Excellent as leaders and employees, Lingnan graduates will be the beneficiaries of a multi-dimensional approach to learning.  

Graduate Attributes

For undergraduate programmes, the ideal Lingnan graduate will possess the following attributes in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes:

Knowledge:

  • strong oral and written language competence in both English and Chinese (Putonghua as well as Cantonese)
  • a secure grounding in his or her chosen academic field(s) and an awareness of possible cross-disciplinary applications
  • proficiency in information technology      

Skills:

  • excellent interpersonal communication ability     
  • strong analytic competence and a capacity for independent critical thinking
  • creative and sound problem-solving and planning capabilities     

Attitudes:

  • commitment to involvement in and service to the community
  • an international outlook and an ability to understand problems from various cultural perspectives
  • tolerance, integrity, civility and a sense of personal responsibility when interacting with others
  • a desire for life-long learning

 

For research postgraduate programmes, Lingnan graduates are expected to possess the following attributes in terms of knowledge, skills and attitude:

Knowledge:

  • systematic understanding of a field or fields of scholarship
  • original contributions to the field     

Skills:

  • competence in research and analysis   
  • ability to critically assess intellectual claims, theories and arguments
  • capacity to produce a thesis that contributes to the knowledge and understanding of the field of learning within which the subject of the thesis falls*    

Attitudes:

  • commitment to applying the knowledge acquired in the chosen field and conducitng further research in an ethical and socially responsible manner


* the MPhil thesis shall represent a worthwhile contribution while the PhD thesis shall represent a substantial original contribution

 

For taught postgraduate programmes, Lingnan graduates are expected to possess the following attributes in terms of knowledge, skills and attitude:

Knowledge:

  • current, in-depth theoretical and practical comprehension of a specific discipline area, as well as of a broad range of general and related area

Skills:

  • ability to apply knowledge at an advanced level in professional contexts especially for the purpose of solving problems 
  • competence in critical and creative thinking 
  • capacity to articulate ideas clearly and coherently both in written and oral forms 

Attitudes:

  • commitment to applying the knowledge acquired in the chosen field or conducting research in an ethical and socially responsible manner