Jilin University Celebrates its 70th Anniversary and Holds the Opening Ceremony for 2016 Academic Year
On the 16th of September, Jilin University was swarmed with clusters of flowers and fluttering colored flags. Joy and jubilation were all around. Dingxin Plaza on the central campus was filled with people coming from both home and abroad. In total, over 15,000 people composed of guests, alumni, representatives of partner universities, JLU students and faculty gathered here to celebrate the grand event of JLU’s 70th anniversary.
On the eve of the anniversary, Mdm. Liu Yandong, Member of the Political Bureau, Vice Premier of the State Council and alumnus of Jilin University, Wang Gang, Member of the 17th Political Bureau, Vice Chairman of CPPCC and also alumnus of Jilin University, Bayanqolu, Secretary of CPC Jilin Provincial Committee and Director of the Standing Committee of Jilin People’s Congress sent their letters of congratulations for the event.
Wang Jiarui, Vice Chairman of CPPCC, Bayanqolu, Secretary of CPC Jilin Provincial Committee and Director of the Standing Committee of Jilin People’s Congress, Du Zhanyuan, Vice Minister of Education, Li Jinxiu, Vice Governor of Jilin Province, Lin Jianhua, President of Peking University, Sibrandes Poppema, President of University of Groningen, Xu Wu, Chairman of the Council of the University of Science and Technology of China, Guo Dongming, President of Dalian University of Technology, Zhou Yu, President of Harbin Institute of Technology, Yang Quanming, Chairman of the Council of Sichuan University, Zhang Wenxian, Vice Chairperson of China Law Society and former Chairman of the Council of Jilin University, Chen Dewen, former Chairman of the Council of Jilin University, Liu Zhongshu, former President of Jilin University, Zhang Jingying, Executive Vice Mayor of Changchun Municipal Government, and Gui Guangli, Vice Mayor of Changchun, and many other senior executives from Jilin Pronvicial and Changchun Municipal Government attended the celebration.
The event began at 09:16 am, Yang Zhenbin, Chairman of Jilin University Council, hosted the rally.
Li Jinxiu, on behalf of CPC Jilin Provincial Committee and Jilin Provincial Government, extended his warm congratulations to all the faculty, students and alumni of Jilin University from home and abroad. In his speech, he spoke highly of the remarkable efforts by Jilin University in deepening reform, conducting innovation and cultivating talents in the past 70 years. All the efforts have contributed to the economic and social development of Jilin, Northeast China and even the nation as a whole.
On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Du Zhanyuan expressed his warm congratulations and sincere greetings to all students and faculty as well as the alumni of Jilin University, he extended his gratitude to CPC Jilin Provincial Committee and Jilin Provincial Government for their concerns and support, and paid his highest tribute to all who have made contributions to the development of Jilin University. In his remarks, Jilin University, as a prestigious institution of higher education, has had its destiny closely tied with that of the Party and nation in the past 70 years. Its glorious achievements and large number of outstanding talents produced here have provided strong support of manpower, wisdom and technology for the overall rejuvenation of the old industrial bases in Northeast China and national socialist modernization and laid a solid foundation for developing itself into a world-class university.
President Li Yuanyuan delivered a keynote speech. On behalf of all faculty and students, he extended his warm welcome to all the leaders and guests present and his sincere greetings to over 500,000 alumni across the globe and expressed his highest tribute and sincere thanks to all who have paid longstanding concerns and support to the university and generations of members of Jilin University who persistently passed on their faith. Li Yuanyuan reviewed the 70 years of history during which time the university have stayed committed to talents cultivation, scientific and research innovation, social progress and leading cultural development and have achieved impressive results. He mentioned that Jilin University’s spirit and premium tradition of running schools were passed on from generation to generation and renewed during the process. This spirit and tradition remained the source of energy for its people to march into the future and rise up on the world stage.
Li Yuanyuan pointed out that as a national key comprehensive university founded by the CPC and developing in parallel with the Republic, Jilin University is one of the Chinese universities with the greatest potential to become a world-class one. He emphasized that for a first-class university to produce first-class students, Jilin University must be student-centered and always regard talents nurturing as its fundamental task; for a first-class university to create a first-class education team, Jilin University must attract high-caliber talents in the world and unshackle the chains that restrain them from living up to their potential, so as to become a renowned academic hub; for a first-class university to establish a first-class managing system, Jilin University must volunteer to lead the comprehensive reform, break the institutional barriers and guarantee a sound and sustainable development of the university; for a first-class university to gain first-class innovative capability, Jilin University must uphold the spirit of innovation to contribute to the drive of making China powerful through science and technology; for a first-class university to foster first-class spirit and culture, Jilin University must be a pioneer of advanced cultural carrier and innovator and voice its ideas to provide spiritual support for economic and social development of the country. Li Yuanyuan encouraged all Jilin University members to join hands for the same dream of constructing a truly internationalized first-class university of excellence and eveturally achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
On behalf of Peking University and other fellow universities in China, Lin Jianhua, President of Peking University, sent his most sincere and warmest congratulations to Jilin University in his remarks. According to him, Peking University and Jilin University enjoys a long history of friendship and collaboration. Both universities have maintained close cooperation and exchanges in areas of school-running phylosophy, disciplinary development, talent cultivation and scientific research. Peking University stands ready to work unyieldingly with Jilin University and other universities to make even greater contribution to the building of a well-off society and great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation along the path of constructing first class universities with first class disciplines.
Other speakers on the rally included Prof. Sibrandes Poppema, President of University of Groningen of the Netherlands, representing all JLU partners from abroad. Li Kai, Member of the US Academy of Engineering and Professor of Princeton University, the USA and He Manchao, Memeber of Chinese Academy of Sciences representing JLU alumni. Liu Zhongshu, Senior Professor of Philosophy and Social Sciences of Jilin University and Yu Jihong, Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences representing JLU faculty. Lin Cong, a freshman student of Department of Automobile Engineering, and Maria Suina, a freshman of School of International and Public Affairs also gave speeches on behalf of all freshmen and international students respectively.
Besides speeches, such awards were given including “Honorary Award for Fifty Years of Teaching” to 29 senior teachers who have taught for over 50 years; “Lifetime Achievements Award” to Yang Zhenbin, Li Yuanyuan, etc. by Professor Xu Ruren, Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Sun Zhengyu, Senior Professor of Philosophy and Social Sciences; Professor Zhu Hong received “Excellent Disciplinary Construction Award” and Professor Teng Lirong won “Outstanding Educational Contribution Award”; Graduate students Han Dongdong, Zhang Tianyi and undergraduate students Liu Haofan, Hou Yuxin, Chen Yahui, Liu Lihua, Sun Yuhang and Zhou Weifan were granted “Honor Students Award”. Executive Vice President Bing Zheng hosted the award ceremony.
The rally ended with the Anthem of Jilin University.
All the university leadership, JLU members of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, Senior Professors of Philosophy and Social Sciences, representatives of faculty, staff (both in-service and retired) , alumni and students participated in the event.