Strive For the Best and Achieve Your Dreams
-- Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019-2020School Year
Dear parents, teachers, and students,
In this golden autumn day, we’re gathered here for the opening ceremony and commendation conference of the 2019-2020 school year. First of all, on behalf of all faculty members, I’d like to extend my warm welcome to the 2568 undergraduate students and 331 postgraduate students, my congratulations to all groups and students winning awards, and my high respect to all parents and teachers!
General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that “University is a place where virtue builds people and talents are trained. It is also a place where young people learn knowledge and realize their dreams.” The charm of universities in seeking advanced knowledge and truth lies not only in preserving and transferring knowledge, but also in cultivating high-quality and high-level specialized talents. Universities are where you can learn knowledge and skills, cultivate research abilities, pursue scientific methods, and become well-rounded individuals so that you can prepare yourselves for serving the country, society and other people and achieving your own dreams.
As students of Jilin International Studies University, you need to first know JISU’s history, aspirations and values. JISU is an entrepreneurial university and has been the witness and epitome of the rapid development of higher education in China since the reform and opening up. It has been a long journey along which we have made strenuous efforts to make it this far. Now JISU is a university with distinctive features. Adhering to serving the country's Belt and Road Initiative and the local economic as its mission, cultivating talents with applied talents as the core goal, we aspire to train talents with a great sense of patriotism and great competence in language learning. We adopt a student-centered approach in school running and aim to provide the best education. JISU is a non-profit university dedicated to serving the society. The quality of our students remains at the top among all non-public universities and colleges across China. We are the first to be renamed among all non-public universities and colleges across China. We aim to realize our dream of building a century-old world famous private university. The spirit of public welfare and lofty educational philosophy provide inexhaustible driving force for the development of JISU, which has been applauded by the Education Ministry as a beacon for all non-public universities across China.
Dear students, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of New China. The Chinese nation has ushered in a great era, creating one great miracle after another in the history of human development, embarking on a new journey of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. If the young generation has ideals, abilities and responsibilities, the nation will have a bright future. As college students in the new era, college life is the golden period in your whole life. Therefore, you should seize the opportunity, fulfill your responsibilities and demonstrate your value. Here are my hopes for you.
Remain patriotic and shoulder your due responsibilities. Remember that the rise and fall of a country is the concern and responsibility of everyone. Patriotism is an emotion, an idea, a spirit, and a sense of responsibility. More importantly, you should uphold high moral standards and a strong worldview. As the future and hope of our country, you should set up your ambitions, closely link your personal ideals with the future and destiny of our country, and truly shoulder the mission and responsibility entrusted by the times.
Learning is not only the source of strength in life, but also the primary task of students. Be open-minded. Read extensively and enrich yourselves with knowledge about the past and present and serve as a bridge between cultures. You should set up rational learning objectives, study for the national rejuvenation and the country's prosperity, and work hard to bring happiness to people. Make a plan for your study and for your life in college. Bear in mind our school motto and strive to be application-oriented talents with great competence in foreign languages, and lay a solid foundation for your future endeavors.
I hope you have the courage to practice and innovate, and constantly achieve breakthroughs. At present, the world is facing unprecedented changes. China is gradually moving towards the center of the world stage. The new technological revolution, exemplified by the Internet, Artificial Intelligence, and quantum biotechnology is putting higher demands for young people. You should actively engage in academic studies, volunteer activities and scientific research. Through making full use of high-quality practical teaching resources such as the global village, you can improve your abilities in comprehensive language use, intercultural communication, practical innovation and adaptability. While accumulating personal expertise, you should enhance your innovative and creative ability. Human beings have unlimited potential. You should strengthen practical learning, cultivate core skills and realize your dream while contributing to social progress.
Dear students, you have worked hard for over 10 years. And here you are in college, where you should continue to strive for the best and grasp the opportunity to succeed and realize your value because success lies in perseverance and hard work. Every one will have the chance to succeed and excel in what you do. Let’s work together to create a new chapter for you and for JISU.
I am deeply convinced that you will have a bright future.