Turning Risks to Opportunities: Lingnan University’s Efforts in Enhancing Students’ International Experiences amid the Pandemic

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lingnan University, as a liberal arts university in Hong Kong, has taken various efforts in research, education, and community service to fight this global health crisis. The pandemic has particularly brought about significant international learning challenges due to travel bans, visa restrictions, and campus lockdowns. To enhance students’ international learning experiences amid the pandemic, Lingnan University has fully applied its institutional connections worldwide, and the information and communication technologies (ICTs) to keep its endeavors in turning the challenging situation into opportunities for enriching students’ learning experiences. This presentation will first demonstrate Lingnan University’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic through research, education, and community service. The presenter will then focus on introducing Lingnan’s efforts in enhancing students’ international learning experiences through institutional collaboration and technologies and discuss the takeaways on international higher education during the pandemic derived from Lingnan’s efforts.

Weiyan Xiong is a Research Assistant Professor at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He is also serving as the Program Director of the Master of Arts in International Higher Education and Management (IHEM). His research interests include comparative and international education, indigenous education, liberal arts education, sustainability and higher education, and faculty professional development. He received his PhD in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He used to work as a Program Coordinator of the Institute for International Studies in Education at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Visiting Student Researcher at Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues of UC Berkeley. His new book, Ethnic Minority-Serving Institutions: Higher Education Case Studies from the United States and China, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2020.