On September 9, ShanghaiTech welcomed its new class of students to the new campus and faculty members, staff as well as principals from concerned institutes were invited to witness this memorable moment.
This year ShanghaiTech enrolled 353 undergraduate students from 14 provinces. 424 students chose to continue their graduate studies at ShanghaiTech. Professor Yang Peidong, Dean of School of Physical Science and Technology (SPST), Professor Liu Zhi, Associate Dean of SPST, Professor Wu Jiarui, Executive Dean of School of Life Science and Technology (SLST), Professor Ma Yi, Executive Dean of School of Information Science and Technology (SIST) and Ms. Zhou Yu, Vice Dean of SIST read the name lists, which made everyone present identify with ShanghaiTech’s student-oriented vision.
“As a ShanghaiTech student, we should never overlook what is going on beyond study, instead we should keep up with the times and always be prepared to make our own contribution to social developments and national rejuvenation.” said undergraduate student Chen Xiangning from School of Life Science and Technology. Graduate student Xiang Yukai urged students to have a down-to-earth attitude and stay true to oneself.
“What matters to you is what keeps you awake at night,” said Assistant Professor Liu Zhongkai from School of Physical Science and Technology as he stressed the importance of personal interests. Distinguished Professor-in-Residence Lin Baojun, in his speech, asked students to adjust to campus life and deal with challenges and difficulties in a proper way.
Professor Zhu Zhiyuan, Chairman of the University Council, looked back to three years ago when ShanghaiTech welcomed its very first class of graduate students and two years ago when the university had its first class of undergraduate students. He said he expected today’s students to take full advantage of the resources available to them and make every effort to be future scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs with moral integrity, academic capabilities and innovative spirits.
In the past two years at the opening ceremonies, ShanghaiTech President Jiang Mianheng has shared with students his thoughts on energy and information technologies. This year, he brought new students a lecture about “Scientific Breakthroughs and Human Health” in which he pointed out that with the invention of vaccines and antibiotics, the average life expectancy has been lifted from 30 to 70. He highlighted the discovery of artemisinin, a remedy effective against malaria, by Chinese scientists led by 2015 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine Tu Youyou. Jiang said in face of all the difficulties in health and medicine, economic development laid the foundation and scientific advancement served as the impetus. He mentioned that at its very beginning, ShanghaiTech University set life science as one of its three major research areas and established School of Life Science and Technology, Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies and iHuman Institute to elucidate the most fundamental problems in life science research and boost drug discovery. Located in Zhangjiang InnoPark, ShanghaiTech University is surrounded by a large pool of national research institutes and large scientific facilities, such as National Center for Protein Science Shanghai, New Drug Research Platform of Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica and was recently involved in the construction of Live Cell Imagining Facility, Ultra-Intense and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Facility and Free Electron Laser Facility. Jiang stressed that human health is not only related to life sciences, but is related to information sciences and physical sciences as well. He called on all ShanghaiTech students to study hard with high aspirations and contribute to the restructuring and development of an innovative China.