International Advisory Board Meeting 2017

On the morning of November 11, 2017, the Lingnan (University) College International Advisory Board held its annual meeting in Shenzhen. The Lingnan International Advisory Board was established in 2012 and consists of prominent international and Chinese business leaders and academic leaders from leading global business schools. The Board meets once a year, and 2017 marks its sixth annual meeting.



Carl P. Zeithaml, Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, chaired the meeting. Professor Sun Dongbai, Executive Vice President of Sun Yat-sen University, extended his warmest welcome and gratitude to all attendees on behalf of Sun Yat-sen University. He briefly reviewed new developments at the university from the past five years, with particular attention to five areas: the conclusion of overall strategic planning, the enhancement of liberal education, the development of disciplines, scientific research breakthroughs, and talent development.



Prof. Liu Mingkang, Honorary Dean of Lingnan, gave a presentation entitled “A New Era? High Education of Our College.” He said that The 19th Congress reaffirmed the important status and value of entrepreneurs, which was a clear sign that government authorities would be increasing their efforts in service, training, and education for quality entrepreneurs. Prof. Liu believed that in such a climate, Lingnan’s EMBA training could be better positioned in the international marketplace with the help of the International Advisory Board. In addition, Prof. Liu pointed out that Big Bay Area construction had become a part of national strategy. “The development strategy is the key. We do not think the development of the Big Bay Area itself is the key metric for evaluating its significance. The value of this strategy is in testing new ideas and new technologies in order to expand the the methods for and kinds of development across the whole area and the whole country. Therefore in our view, the experience of new reforms and opening up is a more relevant metric than anything else.”



Prof Lu Jun, Executive Dean of Lingnan, gave a presentation titled “Technology and its Challenge to Business Education,” giving an overview of Faculty Recruitment and Development, Research and Publication, and Program Quality and Internationalization from the past year. He also pointed out some new key challenges in the development of big data, cloud computing, mobile Internet, VR, and AI technology. Prof. Lu welcomed insights and suggestions from the board members and called for their support in creating internship and placement opportunities, company visits, lectures, etc.



Following the presentations, the other members of Lingnan’s International Advisory Board asked questions and offered comments and suggestions. Benjamin Hung was concerned about the diversity of the student population.  To what extent, he was wondering that Lingnan recruited students with diverse backgrounds to help them learn and innovate. Peter Wong stressed the importance of utilizing the latest technology to analyze and use data around the globe. Annie Wu noted the emergence of Latin America and Africa in terms of political, economic and academic relevance and encouraged Lingnan to seize opportunities in these regions to enhance its international status.


IAB members and representatives who attended:

(in alphabetical order by surname)


Jack Chan (on behalf of Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, EY)

Greater China Financial Services Leader, Ernst & Young


Philip Chen

Managing Director, Hang Lung Group and Hang Lung Properties Limited


Raymond K.F. Ch'ien

Chairman, Hang Seng Bank Limited


Benjamin Hung (on behalf of Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered)

CEO, Greater China, Standard Chartered


Michael Lau (on behalf of Koh Beng Seng, Chief Executive Officer, Octagon Advisors (Shanghai) Co Ltd)

Managing Director, Octagon Advisors (Shanghai) Co Ltd


Neville Power

Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd


Peter Wong (on behalf of Stuart T Gulliver, Group Chief Executive, HSBC Holdings plc)

Deputy Chairman, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, HSBC Holdings plc.


Annie Wu

Standing Committee Member, the National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

Honorary Chairman, Beijing Air Catering Company Limited


Carl P. Zeithaml

Dean, F.S. Cornell Professor in Free Enterprise, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

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