Aim High and Achieve Success
Speech by President Qin He at the Opening Ceremony and Commendation Meeting of 2020-2021 Academic Year
Dear students and teachers,
At this charming autumn season in Changchun, our beautiful JISU welcomes all of these new faces. Today, we are here to hold the opening ceremony for 2020 freshmen. First, on behalf of all the teachers and students, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you all: 3,530 undergraduate and graduate students from all over the country. I would also like to express my congratulations to the advanced groups and outstanding individuals who have been commended!
2020 is bound to be an extraordinary year. The sudden outbreak of COVID19 has not only brought severe impact on our economy and society, but has also profoundly changed the existing international landscape and accelerated the evolution of the world’s great changes over the past century. In the face of the pandemic, we Chinese people united as one and have made major strategic achievements in the fight against COVID 19, demonstrating the Chinese’ spirit, China’s efficiency, and national strength. Tens of thousands of medical workers risked their own lives to save the lives of others. Vast numbers of volunteers made great contributions. And teachers kept giving lectures to students during this hard time. In the face of crisis, everyone tried, and continues to try, to contribute their own strength and abilities while acknowledging their own responsibilities.
In the same way, you worked hard against all odds and withstood the daunting challenge of the college entrance examination and pandemic situation. At this moment, I believe that you, like me, can deeply feel the greatness of our motherland through this pandemic! Let’s pay tribute to our great motherland and to the heroes who have contributed to the fight against the pandemic!
Dear students, entering college means that you have opened a new journey of life and started your most valuable college life. Students, why do we go to college? Because it is the place of nurturing talent and moral education; it is the place where you can expand your horizons, learn knowledge, increase talents, and realize your dreams. In college, you will have enough time and opportunities to seriously think about what kind of life is the most meaningful, so that you can establish correct values, outlook on life, and the world, while also laying a solid foundation for lifelong learning. College can increase your understanding of the world, your ability to understand social culture, and your ability to cope with more changes. Especially in the face of problems and challenges, we can find better solutions to constantly develop and adapt to the society and the world!
Dear students, As you step into the campus of JISU, you have become a happy JISUer. During the past 25 years, JISU has traveled a hard yet fruitful journey and is honored to be the witness and epitome of reform in China’s private education.
Our university always adheres to a not-for-profit concept and strives to be a century-old prestigious university. It adheres to application-oriented education and is committed to becoming a market-oriented and distinctive university. It also adheres to open education and is committed to becoming an international and world-class university with excellent quality. We take it as our responsibility to serve the Belt and Road Initiative and support local socioeconomic development. We are committed to carrying out the most responsible education and cultivating advanced, foreign language talents with an international vision and competence in foreign languages and foreign affairs. After years of unremitting efforts, the university enjoys a good reputation. It has become a key institution of higher learning in Jilin Province, the first private university in China to confer master’s degrees and a doctor’s project construction unit, and the first private institute in China to change its name to a university. At present, the university has been ranked among China’s top private universities. Second to none in China’s private universities for five years in a row, it has ranked first in the list of Chinese private universities in soft subjects in 2020. This year, JISU has been selected as the construction project of a high-level university with characteristics of Jilin Province.
At present, the university is in the key period of reform and development and building of the characteristics of a high-level university. Standing at a new beginning, we are working hand in hand to carry on the past and open up a bright future. Students, you are joining JISU at just the right time, adding new vitality to the school. Now, the baton of building a characteristic high-level university has been passed on to you. Our hope is upon you! I believe that in this picturesque campus, you will be able to set sail and succeed. Your life in JISU will certainly become a fond memory for a lifetime. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my expectations of you.
I hope you will stick to your ideals and beliefs and have lofty aspirations. General Secretary Xi Jinping once noted: “Chinese youth in the new era must establish lofty ideals. The ideals and beliefs of the young are related to the future of the country. Their lofty ideals and firm beliefs serve an invincible driving force for a country and a nation.” Dear students, one will be disoriented without ideals. For they, like a beacon for the future, play a guiding role in one’s life path. They can guide you to determine life goals, form life attitudes, enrich knowledge and skills, and set developmental directions during your university time. Only people with firm ideals and beliefs can be persistent to achieve the set goals. You must aim high and establish ideals and beliefs that are in line with the theme of this era to keep pace with the times and share the future with our motherland. Only in this way can you better realize the value of life, improve the realm of life, pursue the ideal of youth, and contribute to the development of the motherland. Dear students, the meaning of life can only be manifested through serving the country and contributing to the society so that you can steer the wheel of life, find the true meaning of life, attain life values and career direction, and embark on a course of smooth sailing of chasing your dreams!
I hope you will study hard and make a difference. Throughout the ages, all achievements and contributions to mankind have been attributed to a down-to-earth and hard-working attitude. In today’s era, a new round of technological revolution represented by new technologies such as Internet+, artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, etc. is emerging. You will face increasingly fierce international competition for talent. Innovation has become the foremost driving force for development and will profoundly impact people’s learning and lifestyle. Dear students, you are in a great era, full of opportunities and challenges. You only have one single university life, and it is a golden period of sharpening skills and acquiring knowledge. You must cherish your precious youth, plan your life well, study diligently, intensify your practice, dare to innovate, forge ahead, improve your internal quality, hone your skills, understand the truth of the world, and master the law of development of things. You should know that many jobs in society require people with real talents and skills. One will fail to know the length of the path if he or she does not move forward. Likewise, one will fail to understand the truth if he or she does not study. One must be diligent in life. When setting up lofty aspirations, we should conduct ourselves properly. When we study, we should work hard and do our best. I hope you will work hard, acquire true learning, lay a solid foundation in knowledge, prepare for the way ahead, base your action on knowledge, be rigorous and pragmatic, and strive to turn ideals into reality. Those who are weak-willed cannot give full measure to their wisdom. Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. I hope you will race against time, go all out, outdo yourselves, and secure the future!
I hope you will forge your moral character and pursue excellence. Mr. Sun Yat-sen once said: “The most important thing in being a man is to know how to love one’s own country.” Patriotism is the lifeblood of a country. I hope you love our motherland, which is a great virtue. Only those who cultivate great virtue can deliver a great cause. This is the foundation of one's life and success. MartonCsokas, a celebrated New Zealand actor, famously said: “Only moral character can open the door to success and receive the fruit of success.” You must stick to the righteousness of morality and put moral character first because morality is the foundation of one’s life. Talent is the aid of morality; morality is the commander of talent. The first thing to do is to cultivate moral character, for it is the standard to measure a person's comprehensive quality. Character can determine life, so it is more important than talent. I hope you will be a person of diligence, bravery, strong will, optimism, honesty, politeness, public welfare, high aspiration, and excellence. I hope you will learn to be a person of frugality, good skills, gratefulness, humility, tolerance, and self-discipline. I hope you forge your moral character, act upon morality, continue to cultivate moral character in word and deed, pay attention to details, do the best in every small matter, and exercise strict self-discipline. I also hope that you can foster your personality and practice the idea that “little things make big things happen” while acquiring knowledge. You must keep in mind that “the value orientation of youth determines that of the entire society in the future.” Only in this way can you continue on smoother and further on the road of life!
Dear students, university time seems to be quite long, but when people look back, all feel that time flies and is precious. Only people who believe they can go further will go further. The deeper the understanding, the firmer the belief. I hope you will become talented and achieve success! Success relies more on ideals than on talents. What people often lack is not talent, but ambition; they who succeed are not based on one’s capability, but diligence. Success is self-driven. Continuous struggle is what success truly means! As the saying goes: Where there is a will, there is a way!
Dear students, let us work together to create a better future for you!