On November 20, ShanghaiTech received a special group of visitors. Ms. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier and Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, accompanied by Mr. Han Zheng, the Communist Party Secretary of Shanghai; Mr. Lin Nianxiu, Deputy Director of National Development and Reform Commission, Mr. Huang Wei, Vice Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology and leaders from ShanghaiTech University toured the campus.
Ms. Liu Yandong visited university library, residential college student apartments and the School of Information Science and Technology’s visual computing laboratory. She listened to a report by ShanghaiTech President Jiang Mianheng on the university’s progress and communicated with students. Liu told them that the standard of a good higher education lies in talent cultivation. For a qualified talent, she said, intelligence and emotional intelligence both play critical roles. She urged students to develop moral integrity, cultural awareness and comprehensive skills and take advantage of resources to contribute to the rejuvenation of the nation.
Liu affirmed the efforts made by ShanghaiTech in educational innovation which is in line with the trends of national education reform. She said she expected ShanghaiTech would continue to serve national strategic interests and explore a new mechanism in talent training to realize an overall development with education as the foundation, morality as a top priority and capability as a goal.
Later, Liu presided over the working conference and made instructions for the construction of the first four large-scale scientific facilities initiated by the Zhangjiang Comprehensive National Science Center, namely the Ultra-Intense and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Facility, Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility Line Station, Soft X-Ray Free Electron Laser Facility and Live Cell Imaging Facility.
She also inspected the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai Ultra-Intense and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Facility jointly established by ShanghaiTech and SIOM, accompanied by Ms. Jiang Xiaojuan, Deputy Secretary-General of the State Council; Mr. Yang Xiong, Major of Shanghai Municipal Government and Mr. Xiangli Bin, Vice President of CAS.