ShanghaiTech Holds 2015 Inaugural Opening Ceremony
Author:Office of International Affairs            Date:2015-09-18            Browse:922

ShanghaiTech held its inaugural Opening Ceremony at its Zhangjiang campus on September 18th, 2015. University leaders, faculty and representatives from CAS Shanghai and its affiliated research institutes attended the ceremony, welcoming 680 new undergraduates and graduate students.

The ceremony kicked off with the showing of a recent video clip of the thriving campus. The new campus has been put into use progressively and the constructionwill finishby the end of this year.

In 2015, ShanghaiTech enrolled 302 undergraduates from 12 provinces and municipalities through an all-round selection. 386 graduates were admitted to ShanghaiTech under the joint mentorship of university tenure-track professors and adjunct professors from institutes. Founding Dean of School of Physical Science and Technology (SPST) Professor Yang Peidong, Lab Director of Photonics and Physics of Condensed Matter Professor Liu Zhi, Founding Dean of Life Science and Technology (SLST) Professor Lin Haifan, Executive Dean of SLST Professor Wu Jiarui, Executive Dean of School of Information Science and Technology (SIST) Professor Ma Yi, and Vice Dean of SIST Professor Ding Zhi inducted students by welcoming each student by name and a brief introduction.

Zhang Yao spoke on behalf of the undergraduates and called on students to practice self-discipline, self-support and self-improvement. Graduate student representative Meng Caimin proposed that all students commit themselves to serving national development strategy.

Assistant Professor of School of Life Science and Technology Huang Pengyu shared his stories of growing up, from his childhood in a mountainous region to becoming a young scientist whose work has been selected as Ten Major Scientific and Technological Progress of China. He encouraged students to make full use of resources and compete with their counterparts in leading institutions.

ShanghaiTech also has a School of Entrepreneurship and Management that emphasizes the integration of education, research and innovation. Dean May Lee expressed her hope that every student would be an explorer, do new things, and take some risks to take advantage of the opportunities available to them at ShanghaiTech. 

Zhu Zhiyuan, Chairman of the University Council, asked students to integrate industriousness with lofty goals and build a sense of social responsibility. He also urged faculty to better themselves and cultivate talents of academic and moral excellence.

The ceremony closed with an inspiring speech by President Jiang Mianheng. He analyzed the opportunities and challenges that ShanghaiTech is facing in an era of information technology development. Jiang started by discussing human social progress from agricultural civilization to informationization, mentioning social media tools Wechat, Taobao, Baidu and MOOC and well-known tech companies Tencent, Alibaba Group, Google and Youku. He compared IT industry policies at home and abroad, and pointed out that the development of the information industry, especially in the fields of Internet Plus, Cloud Computing and Big Data, has become an integral part of innovation-driven restructuring and transformation.

This year is the 70thanniversary of the Von Neumann model and the 50thanniversary of Moore's Law.The Von Neumann model and large-scale integration have laid the foundation of information technology, while the famous Moore's law states the speed of processors. However, these two cornerstones of IT are currently confronted by unprecedented challenges. Under the circumstances, governments, institutions and universities of vision are dedicated to groundbreaking research that could spur new developments. Jiang indicated that China has become the world's largest on-line nation and mobile phone market. One of the goals of ShanghaiTech University is to take the initiative to develop information technologies.

The Internet has significantly changed the way people obtain knowledge and information. Online education has not only surpassed the limits of time and space, but also helps to maximize the use of educational resources. Given the fact that educational resources are unevenly distributed in China, it is essential to promote digital learning to transform pedagogy and advance the education of every student. Jiang stated that ShanghaiTech would open its courses to the public at the right time and the university should make its own contribution to the establishment of new disciplines and systems.

Nowadays, Shanghai is working onthe construction of an international technology innovation center with Zhangjiang national scientific center as its core. ShanghaiTech is located at the center of Pudong Science and Technology Park of CAS in Zhangjiang InnoPark. The university is in the vicinity of several national research institutes and large scientific facilities, such as CAS Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, National Center for Protein Science·Shanghai and Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility. In the near future, Freedom Electron Laser Facility and Extreme Light Infrastructure will be established as well. Jiang stressed that ShanghaiTech aims to form an innovation ecosystem and strives to be a research university of academic excellence by encouraging an interdisciplinary approach and the integration of university and national research facilities.

“I believe that for young faculty the key to career success lies in strong social responsibility and indifference to fame and fortune,” he said. Jiang requested that every faculty member regard teaching as their primary task and he asked every student to work hard.