Support Lingnan

Over the years, the Lingnan Foundation has provided significant support towards program development, enhancement, and professional development of faculty and staff at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) and Lingnan University, Hong Kong (LUHK) through collaborations with U.S. institutions of higher education.  Such support has had profound impact on the participating institutions and the personal and professional lives of the individuals involved.

Lingnan has also had a history of fostering great leaders whose dedication over many generations to the Lingnan Universities and the Lingnan Foundation has led to their institutional excellence and reputation.  Two endowment funds have been established to honor those leaders:  the Szutu Leadership Endowment or the Frederic Chewming Chang Endowment.  We invite you to donate to these endowments, or to the general Lingnan Fund.

Here's how to donate.

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Szutu Leadership Endowment

Frederic Chewming Chang Endowment


One opportunity for further support is in the development and training of university administrators as part of China’s continuous effort to build its universities into some of the best in the world. To achieve this, China needs to refine its administrative leadership. In the modern global community, such administrative leaders require exposure to innovation, connections to broader professional networks, and opportunities to sharpen their leadership skills. Leaders are nurtured through a process of mindful selection, training, mentoring, and experiential learning.

The Szutu Fellowship is intended to commemorate and extend the families’ devotion, leadership, and service to Lingnan. Grants through the Szutu Fellowship will extend the Szutu legacy.

Based on the knowledge that leadership is key to institutional success and that quality leaders are needed to further enhance higher education in China, the purpose of the Szutu Fellowship is to underwrite opportunities, programs, and other initiatives for the growth and development of leadership competencies and capacities of members of China’s higher education institutions.

Grants will be awarded to colleges and universities with proposals that meet the criteria for the Fellowship. Leaders who are most promising and deserving of professional development opportunities will be chosen to participate.


Lingnan has a history of fostering great leaders whose dedication over many decades and generations to the Lingnan Universities and the Lingnan Foundation has led to their institutional excellence and reputation. Among those leaders, the Szutu name has shone bright.

Dr. Gene Chan Szutu, an alumnus of Lingnan elementary and middle school and the Lingnan University, became a leading surgeon in China. He pioneered the use of local anesthesia for selected surgeries, now a universal practice. He returned to Lingnan Medical College in Guangzhou to serve as the head of the surgery department from 1948-51, modeling not only surgical techniques but bedside manner in assuring and comforting patients and families. He earned the respect of his colleagues and students as an outstanding surgeon, professor, and leader, lifting the Lingnan Medical College to new heights. His devotion to Lingnan continued with his service as a trustee of the American Lingnan University from 1973 to 1988, helping with the transition of the board from overseeing assets of the university to governing a grant-making organization, now known as the Lingnan Foundation, In turn, Mrs. Florence Chiang Szutu served as the head of nursing at the Lingnan Medical School, joining her husband in serving Lingnan University.

The Szutu impact on Lingnan has been felt over several generations. Their daughter, Dr. Jane Szutu Permaul is an outstanding leader in her own right. She followed her parents’ footsteps into higher education and served as senior leader of University of Claifornia, Los Angeles during an era when Asian women rarely rose to be top-ranking officers in United States universities. An exemplar of the Lingnan spirit of Education for Service, Dr. Permaul has also devoted over a quarter of a century to the advancement of Lingnan University, now Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou, and Lingnan University of Hong Kong (LUHK). She shared her professional expertise, volunteered her time, mentored hundreds of colleagues and students, contributed financially, and gave her unconditional love to those institutions.

Dr. Permaul has served on the Board of the Lingnan Foundation for 25 years, eight of which as Board Chair and three as President. In recent years, while the Foundation conducted a search for a new Executive Director, Dr. Permaul supervised the daily operations of the Foundation without any compensation and continued as President during the staff transition. A true champion of service! She has been described as the walking encyclopedia of the Lingnan Foundation.

The priceless collection of watercolors that captures the images of the Lingnan University of yesteryear also bears the Szutu name. The Lingnan Foundation is proud to use those iconic images in almost all of our publications. The artist of many of the paintings, Mr. Sz-to Wai, uncle to Dr. Permaul, was graduated from Lingnan University in 1908 and taught art on the campus to anyone who was interested, especially to middle school students. He was instrumental in opening several Lingnan Elementary and Middle Schools, establishing branches in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao, and Vietnam. These schools sent their students to Lingnan University, and the careers of these graduates spread the reputation of Lingnan throughout Asia and North America.

Szeto Tsing, Dr. Permaul’s aunt, along with her husband, Dr. Yu-kwang Chu, were also extraordinarily devoted to Lingnan. Dr. Chu served as Dean of the Lingnan University under President Y.L. Lee and reorganized the university to bring about collaboration between the academic and business divisions of the University. He led the adoption of new curricula in 1937-38 for arts and sciences, agriculture, and engineering. He continued to serve the University after immigrating to the United States, serving on the Board of Trustees of Lingnan University. Mrs. Chu, a librarian, was custodian to the paintings sent by Lingnan Administration to the US for purpose of raising funds. She kept them in pristine condition in her many homes. Their daughter, Irene Y.P. Hsu, knowing of the passion her parents had for Lingnan University, transferred possession of the collection to the Lingnan Foundation so that the paintings can be enjoyed by many and continue to be an educational resource for LUHK and SYSU students.

There are many other Szutus who, over the years, contributed one way or another to Lingnan University and the Lingnan Foundation, not to mention many of their students and colleagues. All are exemplars of the LIngnan Spirit.

The strong foundation of Sun Yat-sen University was built on the shoulders of many early excellent leaders of the yesteryears. One of those leaders was Dr. Frederic Chewming Chang, who started as a professor of Chemistry and later served as the Department Chairman of the then Lingnan University during a tumultuous time of China’s history.

In order to maintain the tradition of excellence and to become a world-class institution, the Sun Yat-sen University and Lingnan University Hong Kong require continued and consistent support for further enhancement and improvement in curriculum, research, teaching, and leadership development of faculty and staff. The Frederic Chewming Chang Endowment Fund is established with this vision and goals to commemorate Dr. Chang’s significant contributions in Chemistry through his research and leadership as well as his sacrifices made in building a Chemistry department that withstood the test of time.

The purpose of the Frederic Chewming Chang Fund is to underwrite opportunities, programs, and other initiatives for the growth and development of the School of Chemistry in China’s higher education institutions. Grants will be awarded to colleges and universities with proposals that meet the criteria for the Fund. Faculty, administrators, and staff who are most promising and deserving of professional development opportunities will be chosen to participate in Frederic Chewming Chang Fellowships.

Preference will be given to applicants from SunYat-sen University and Lingnan College in Hong Kong. These programs and/or fellowship opportunities may vary depending on available funding and the proposed leadership development opportunities ranging from professional development abroad in National and/or U.S. university chemistry laboratories.

Pending on available funding, the Frederic Chewming Chang Endowment Fund may grant the following opportunities but not limited to:

1. Chang Research Fellowship– innovative research projects related to field of chemistry.
2. Chang Fellowships for Scholars –semester or short-term study abroad professional development experience for promising young faculty members.
3. Chang Fellowship for Graduate Students or Post-Doctoral fellows– Semester for research/academic opportunities related to the field of Chemistry.


Lingnan has a history of fostering great leaders whose dedication over many decades and generations to the Lingnan Universities and the Lingnan Foundation has led to their institutional excellence and reputation. One of such great leaders is Dr. Frederic Chewming Chang.

Born in San Francisco, Dr. Chang completed his undergraduate and graduate study in Chemistry from Columbia University. At age 25, he was assigned by his father to take his three younger brothers from San Francisco to the Waku School (school for overseas Chinese) in Lingnan to further their studies in Chinese. Enroute to Canton, he met a friend, W.T. Chan, who was then a Dean at Lingnan. W. T. Chan recruited him to join the faculty in the Dept. of Chemistry and he agreed to do so for a “short time”.

He stayed longer than planned. He married May Leung in 1932 at the home of W.T. Chan and several years later son Fred Jr. and then daughter Laura were born.

Following the Japanese invasion, Dr. Chang returned to the US in 1938 to study organic chemistry at Harvard University and earned his Ph.D. in 1942. His work on an anti-malarial drug was instrumental in saving many lives during the WWII. His third child Kara Chang was born in 1943.

Determined to sacrifice a promising future in the United States and to help China, Dr. Chang returned to China in 1946 immediately after the end of World War II. Under Provost Dr. Henry Frank’s leadership, Dr. Chang served as professor and later as department chair for the Chemistry department until 1949 when the Communist revolution occurred. Dr. Chang and his family were fortunate to escape and returned to the U.S in 1950. It is evident and undeniable that Dr. Chang’s leadership in the 1930’s and 1940’s served a solid foundation and spring board for Sun Yet-sen University’s Chemistry Department of today.

Dr. Chang continued his accomplished academic career at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine with outstanding research in organic chemistry as well as receiving multiple NIH grants. His work was centered on detecting and treating cancer by modifiying organic compounds (some derived from Oriental herbs which he had read about in the Chinese literature). He later continued his work at the University of South Alabama, Mobile and Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California where he and May retired. He was the author of several books and many publications in national and international peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Chang’s amazing long and outstanding career in chemistry continued well into his 80’s and he passed away on his 90th birthday on August 5, 1995.

Central to Dr. Chang’s legacy was his initial start at the Lingnan University where he was exposed to the “Lingnan Spirit” of education for service, which transcends generations. Under different circumstances, Dr. Chang may have stayed and continued his desire to build a world class chemistry department in China. He continued his devotion to Lingnan by serving on the Board of Trustees of the Lingnan Foundation for over 20 years. His son Dr. Fred Chang continued that Lingnan spirit and also served on that same Board until 2010.

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