The Knowledge Transfer (KT) Project as operated by the Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS) and the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) of Lingnan University has successfully reached its third year of implementation. Over the past three years Knowledge Transfer has established a unique position in Lingnan’s teaching and research, as well as building of institutional capacity. As a liberal arts university, Lingnan takes pride in its humanistic approach to knowledge transfer on campus as well as off campus in building community capacity.
Since 2009, we have made significant advances in the implementation of Knowledge Transfer with guidance and comments from Lingnan University and the University Grants Committee (UGC) and expanded our KT projects from small scale programmes which focused on unilateral transfer of knowledge from professionals to students with minimal stakeholder involvement, to thematic foci with a life course perspective involving more than 40 stakeholders ranging from faculty members, Government units, NGOs, schools and other professions through the Train-the-Trainer approach (Appendix 1). The marked increase in the number of beneficiaries through KT serves as an objective indicator of KT’s impact to the wider community.
This year, in response to UGC’s concerns in 2010/2011 for faculty collaboration and institutional development, our implementation of KT looked to facilitate teaching and learning through a new model of knowledge transfer, rooted in the conceptualization of a student’s learning journey, from acquisition of information to ultimate transformation of information into practical learnt knowledge for their future careers and lifelong learning.
At the heart of our liberal arts education, Lingnan University aims to instill 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. It is envisaged that Lingnan graduates will have breadth and depth of vision through their tertiary education, the desire and capacity for public service and maturity of judgment through innovative curriculums and experiential learning. It is based on this belief in nurturing “Ideal Lingnan Graduates” that our new Knowledge Transfer model and collaborative curriculums were designed and piloted.
Behind the rationale for constructing our new KT model, four essential branches were identified which are indivisibly linked and intertwined in all experienced processes of knowledge transfer, both within the university and the wider communities. The four elements or “4Ps” are: Philosophy, Process, Practice and Product as illustrated in page Ⅱ.
Consultant Team Member(s)
Principal Investigator: Prof. Alfred CHAN Cheung-ming
Co-Investigators: Dr. Emily LIANG Jr-shiuan, Ms. Pelletier HO Pui-man, Ms. Phoebe TANG Pui-yee
Research Associates: Ms. Amber CHUNG Nga-man, Ms. Fanny CHAN Hiu-yan, Ms. Helen LAU Wing-no, Ms. Winky CHEUNG Wing-Yu
Research Supports: Mr. Jeff KWAN Chi-kit, Mr. Tony LAI Chun-kiu, Mr. David CHAN Wing-chung, Ms. LI Wing-yin
Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, Lingnan University, & Office of Service-Learning, Lingnan University (2011). Knowledge transfer project annual report 2011/2012. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/apias_research/7/