Your Excellencies leaders, distinguished guests and alumni,
Teachers, students and comrades,
Today we gather on the shores of Qizhen Lake to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Zhejiang University. Let me begin by extending, on behalf of Zhejiang University, my warm welcome to all leaders, guests and alumni, my warm congratulations to faculty and students and to all ZJUers around the world, and my sincere gratitude to those who have long nurtured and supported the development of Zhejiang University.
125 years ago, Qiushi Academy, the predecessor of Zhejiang University, was founded against the backdrop of the reform movement at the end of the Qing Dynasty. Since then, Zhejiang University has pioneered the exploration of a new model of higher education and embarked on a march of solidarity with the Chinese nation and motherland. The centenary declaration to reinvigorate the nation with education echoed at the former Puchang Alley site; the difficult years during the westward movement of the University witnessed the heroic struggle against difficulties; the ancient temples and huts of Meitan, Zunyi chronicled the unceasing thirst for truths; the historical merits of “Two Bombs and a Satellite” were inscribed with the true commitment of the wise to the nation; major reform implementation initiatives have demonstrated a sense of responsibility and the courage to innovate; and the great journey of striving to build a world-class university was teeming with a galaxy of talent in innovation and creation. Today, Zhejiang University firmly walks “in the forefront” in accordance with the overall goal and requirements guided by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee. The spirit of “seeking truth” lays the foundation and the spirit of “pursuing innovation” is the soul. The philosophy of “seeking truth” and “pursuing innovation” has been deeply ingrained in the DNA of ZJU faculty and students, and it has become a universal value to sew together all ZJUers, both nationwide than abroad.
Over the past 125 years, each ZJU generation has strived to serve the nation by staying true to its original aspirations and remaining innovative in development.
Keeping the most fundamental interests of the country in mind, ZJU has been tirelessly devoted to the missions of invigorating the country through education, contributing to the nation through science, and strengthening the country with talent in various aspects, from proposing the principles of governance, education and practical learning at the founding of Qiushi Academy to renouncing the pen for the sword during “World War II”, from the resolute written promise to composition of the “Ballard of Malan” in the Gobi Desert, from the whole university’s participation in building the new socialist campaign to dedication to poverty alleviation and rural revitalization campaigns, and victory over SARS in the fight against Covid-19.
Over the past 125 years, each ZJU generation has adhered to the craftsmanship of education persistently and gradually by sticking to moral education and remaining innovative in cultivating talents.
Keeping in mind the mission of cultivating talents for the Party and the State, the ZJU has nurtured a galaxy of elites for national rejuvenation through a series of transformations, ranging from “raising loyal and resolute leaders capable of ‘assuming great responsibilities, navigating through time and changing the national destiny’ to ‘cultivating versatile and high-quality talents and innovative leaders with global competitiveness’, principles of ‘putting students first, cultivating talents in an integrated manner, seeking truth and pursuing innovation, and striving for excellence” to a fusion of “character building, quality improvement, ability cultivation and knowledge transmission”, and from the mixed class to the Chu Kochen Honors College.
Over the past 125 years, each ZJU generation has moved to the forefront of the world in a bold and determined way by staying true to truth and remaining innovative in academics.
By focusing on frontiers and urgent demands, ZJU has contributed to China’s self-sufficiency and self-improvement as a powerful national strategic force behind science and technology, from the eminent school “Chen- Su” in the field of differential geometry to a host of major breakthroughs in a variety of fields, such as shield equipment, high-end control, clean energy, disease prevention and control, and special structures, from creating the pillars of great power, such as science and technology infrastructure, to promoting key projects, such as the digital assembly of airplanes, micro-satellites and computer-like brains, and from the compilation of the ancient Chinese painting series to a pioneering breakthrough in the national high-end think tank.
Over the past 125 years, each ZJU generation has explored a unique educational paradigm in a pragmatic way by staying true to the ideal of building a world-class university and remaining innovative in forming distinctive characteristics.
At the forefront of higher education, ZJU has strived to become a pioneer of reform and an example of development in various ways, from arts and sciences to engineering and agriculture, from taking the lead in re-establishing science departments in technological universities to carrying out a comprehensive reform, from the reform of the postgraduate program, from the faculty system to the human resource system to the deepening of the evaluation reform from education in the new era, and from the establishment of the first international joint institute, the polytechnic institute and the R&B International School of Medicine to building a global and open education system.
Looking to the past, we look far into the future; learning from the past, we create a bright future. In today’s world, we strive to outdo ourselves.
It is an era of profound changes in which changes not seen for a century and the overall situation of national rejuvenation intersect and the rise of world-class universities will radically reshape the global competitive climate;
It is an era of learning revolution in which disruptive technologies are changing the format of education globally and Education 1.0 is evolving into Learning 2.0;
It is an innovation-driven era in which the central status of innovation is increasingly manifested in the overall situation of China’s modernization, and innovation has become the main driver of development;
It is a talent-driven era in which the global science center and talent hub is changing rapidly, and the key to winning the future lies in talent – the first resource;
This is an era of strategic victory in which achieving bigger dreams involves looking at the bigger picture, drawing a fuller outline, developing a clear strategic vision, accelerating strategic iteration, and seizing strategic opportunities. .
As a 125-year-old institution that has inherited glory and dreams, Zhejiang University will be more determined to build a world-class university with Chinese characteristics and make new achievements on the road to national rejuvenation.
We will lay the foundation for talent cultivation and take root in China’s fertile soil.
We will make the most of the historical opportunity of the intersection of the two centenaries, deepen our understanding of university management in China, inculcate the heritage of a world-class university in the dynamic practice of modernization at the China, transforming the rich cultural endowment of the Chinese nation into an elixir of life to climb to the top, and providing a path based on the ZJU to build a world-class university with Chinese characteristics.
We will open the source of the bases and shape the talents in the new era.
We will return to the cradle of education that nurtures people and respects life, develop an educational philosophy that promotes people’s holistic development, create an inclusive and integrated educational ecology, provide educational experiences that perceive the truth of science, way of engineering, the benevolence of humanity and the beauty of art, stimulate learning characterized by a sense of mission, and cultivate more versatile and high-quality talents and innovative leaders with global competitiveness .
We will respect the path to enlightenment and embrace academic ideals.
We will ride the tides of innovation and transformation, promote interactive integration across disciplines, talent and research at a high level, connect with top academics and innovation networks around the world , make a wealth of major original achievements, achieve a comprehensive leap in improving innovation capability, build a world-class university system marked by Chinese characteristics and ZJU style, and make greater contributions to building of the world’s leading science center, an important talent pool and an exceptional innovation platform.
We will understand the virtue of benevolence and have the interests of humanity at heart.
We will take the initiative to respond to the common challenges facing mankind, extract the essence of ideas from the treasury of human culture, promote dialogues and exchanges between different civilizations, introduce the unique charm of Chinese civilization to panoramic manner, will promote values, morality and justice related to common destiny, play a leading role in the spiritual cultivation of a first-class university, and contribute our wisdom and power to the sustainable development of human civilizations.
We will have lofty aspirations to rise to the forefront of the world.
We will strive for progress, promote systematic development in line with the strategic direction of “better quality, more excellence, more respect and bigger dreams”, make progress in terms of quality, feature, contribution and reputation, create a constellation of first-class product disciplines, and promote the overall strength of the university to rank among the best universities in the world.
Zhejiang University is a majestic institution of higher learning, tinged with both an old charm and a new vibe. Over the past 125 years, the spirit of “seeking truth and pursuing innovation” has shown more and more vigorous vitality. In this ever-changing world, the ZJU community will keep in mind the care and expectations of General Secretary Xi Jinping. We will stay true to our original aspirations, undertake the mission of national rejuvenation, conform to the ideal of pursuing transcendence, commit ourselves to being pioneers, integrate patriotism into the great cause of building a class university world with Chinese characteristics, and strive to write a timeless chapter that will live up to the expectations of the times and people.