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President Li Yanrong’s Speech at 2013 Opening Ceremony of UESTC

published: 2013-09-04 09:26:58       hits: 

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Good morning, everyone!

Today we gather here to hold the opening ceremony for receiving more than 9,000 new students to become members of UESTC. Here, on behalf of UESTC, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all of you, and say “thank you” to your parents and teachers all along supporting you for your growth.

For students, the opening ceremony is a fresh start. You’ll begin to face a new environment, embark on a new journey, and grasp a new learning pattern. In the years to come, without the company of your parents to take care of everything, you have to meet all challenges alone.

More choices stay in your own hands as the College Entrance Examination has become the goal of the past. At this critical stage of life, how can freshmen adapt to college life as soon as possible?

Firstly, I think, you need to know what a university is. Broadly speaking, a university is the cradle of developing talents. To be specific:

A university isthe place for youth to seek truth.Over the years since its founding, the university has existed as a base for the preservation, dissemination, and creative development of knowledge.

As a university admitted into the State’s “Project 985,” UESTC has the distinctive and leading disciplines, national key laboratories and teaching bases, and an extensive modern library, which jointly construct an immense “knowledge field.”

In this field, the students who have passion for creation and the scholars who are consistently in pursuit of science and teaching, gather together to seek, practice and introspect knowledge.

In the process of mutual learning, young students are able to gain new knowledge, interests and capabilities of rational thinking and scientific creation.

A university is the gateway for youth to contact the society.In a university, social elite and celebrities usually take the floor to give lectures on the latest development, the hardship of starting a business, and their own life experiences.

Here, nurtured by the concept of serving the society, students shoulder the responsibilities to repay the society with scientific knowledge, and concern for the welfare of people with humanistic spirit.

Such practices help them appreciate truth, virtue and beauty in the world. In a place where the exchange and collision of ideas happen each day, students are encouraged to develop friendships and interpersonal skills, and cultivate the ability to analyze and appreciate modern society and diverse cultures, preparing themselves to be good modern citizens.

A university is the land for youth to enjoy cultural influence. Just as the saying goes, no two single leaves are exactly the same. There are no identical universities in the world. The major difference among universities is the unique cultural genes.

Originated from the history and aspiration of each university, such “genes” form the philosophy of running a university, educational thoughts, academic tradition, and humanistic spirit.

As the essence of UESTC spirit, “In Sought of Facts and Truth, In Spirit of Ambition and Accomplishments,” infiltrates every corner of the campus in a subtle way, leaving its brand on every UESTC student.

My fellow students, the university not only provides you with an important stage for learning and growth, but also is a place full of intense competitions.

Today, you are standing on the same starting line, but years later, not all of you can graduate with the joy of achievement. What brings you to a success in college life?

I think, the keys are dream and motivation. If you think your success ends in entering into a university, and no longer keep your goals, dreams and motivations, then you are doomed to be a loser.

Here at the time when you are about to begin your college life, I’d like to take this opportunity to propose three suggestions, hoping they are helpful for you.

1. Learn to learn.In the network era, we are getting easier access to all kinds of information. But the Internet also shortens our time to think. In the university, except the systematic study, you must also learn the cognitive methods.

You can do very well in high school by memorizing and understanding facts, but in the university you must spare no efforts to ask, to question, and to practice.

The solution to many problems is not unique. Instead of copying former experience or keeping one thinking pattern, however, you have to approach the problem with a new perspective. Only in this way can the potentiality to think and create be stimulated.

Besides going further in your own field and major, you are also encouraged to have a wide range of knowledge in other fields, especially the blending of science and humanism, which serves to broaden your horizon and improve your personality.

Meanwhile, the periphery subjects or the overlapping inter-disciplinary areas leave a lot of unknown spaces for you to explore.

2. Learn to choose. From the target-oriented high school to the more independence-stressed and opportunity-provided university, you must learn to make choice as soon as possible to take full use of the resources available to you.

More specifically, in the consideration of your own condition and ambition, you need to set the goals at different phases of your college life, and accordingly choose the resources and take advantage of them.

For instance, for those students who resolve to further study in the future, spend more time in library and laboratory; for those students who intend to train organization and coordination abilities, participate in more extracurricular activities as well as widen the scope of knowledge.

Once your choice has been settled, you must concentrate on your practice and get rid of impetuousness and utilitarianism. In college life, study is the priority. When an extracurricular activity affects your academic performance, no matter how colorful it is, you should learn to give it up.

3. Learn to be. All UESTC students used to be the best in high school. But on this new competitive campus, you may turn out to be an ordinary one whose sense of superiority gradually fades away.

To overcome the frustration, you must recognize the strengths of yourself and others, develop a positive attitude, cultivate your interests, and build up confidence in study and life.

In communicating with students from different families, different social backgrounds, or even different countries, you should be open-minded to tolerate and respect different views and behaviors, and understand diverse cultures.

Actually, independent personality and public life are not in conflict. If you are efficient enough in handling their relationships, you will win more trusts and chances.

My dear fellow students, I want to congratulate you again on your surviving from over-ten-year hard studying and numerous challenges. Thank you for selecting UESTC!

We sincerely wish that all of you can fulfill your dreams with intelligence and diligence, return your families with constant progress, and make UESTC more wonderful with your excellent performance and healthy growth!

Thank you very much!

 

 

——Translated by Zhu Guo