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“Celebrating 20 Years of Glory & Starting A New Journey”

Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School Holds 20th Anniversary Ceremony & Review Meeting

With the theme of "Celebrating 20 Years of Glory & Starting A New Journey", the 20th Anniversary Ceremony & Review Meeting of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School (PKUSZ)was held at Shenzhen University Town Stadium on the morning of December 4, 2021. Participants of this meeting include representatives of PKU and its General Office, Graduate School and Office of International Relations as well as heads and officials of municipal governments, committees and bureaus, including QIU Shuiping, Secretary of the Party Committee of Peking University, GONG Qihuang, Executive Vice President of Peking University and Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, SUN Qingwei, Assistant to the President and Secretary-General, ZHANG Ling, Member of the Standing Committee of Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPPCC and Director General of Publicity Department of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, and ZHENG Hongbo, Vice-mayor and Member of Party Leadership Group of Shenzhen.

The event was also graced by the presence of PKU former presidents  and professors represented by LIN Jianhua, former President of Peking University and former Chancellor of PKUSZ, CHEN Zhangliang, former Vice President of Peking University and former Chancellor of PKUSZ; ZHAN Qimin, Executive Vice President of Peking University and former Chancellor of PKUSZ, and LIU Zhongfan, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Vice Chairman of Central Committee of Jiu San Society, Vice Chairman of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, President of Beijing Graphene Institute, and Director of the Center for Nanoscience and Technology of Peking University; representatives of more than twenty academicians, including GAO Song, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and President of Sun Yat-sen University, ZHOU Yu, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, former President of Harbin Institute of Technology and President of Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), XUE Qikun, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and President of Southern University of Science and Technology, CHEN Shiyi, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, former President of Southern University of Science and Technology and former Chancellor of PKUSZ, TIAN Gang, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and former Vice President of Peking University, and WU Yundong, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and former Chancellor of PKUSZ; leaders of Shenzhen universities, including LI Hezhang, President of Shenzhen MSU-BIT University; GAO Hong, Executive Dean of Shenzhen International Graduate School of Tsinghua University, XU Jianling, President and Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Shenzhen Polytechnic, LI Zheng, Vice President of South China University of Technology, and GU Yang, Associate Vice President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen; as well as LI Wei,Chairman of Green Pine Capital Partners, representatives of donating enterprises and partner institutions, PKUSZ faculty and students, and friends from all walks of life who have long supported the development of PKUSZ. The meeting was hosted by TAN Wenchang, Secretary of the Party Committee of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School.

Group photo of leaders and guests


A glimpse of the meeting

All up to sing the national anthem


The event started with a special video on the 20th anniversary, allowing audience to get a deep understanding at the development history of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School and its initial intention of cultivating talents and forging ahead for the country under the national development strategy. The past twenty years have witnessed the genes of PKU and Shenzhen intermingling to build up a distinctive method of higher education facing the world. As an important part of PKU's efforts to create a world-class university, PKUSZhas been well established as an integrated platform for the university to develop cutting-edge  interdisciplinary studies, innovate high-level talent training models, and serve the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Speech by QIU Shuiping, Secretary of the Party Committee of Peking University


 In his speech, QIU Shuiping, Secretary of the Party Committee of Peking University, highlighted five remarkable achievements made by PKUSZ in the past two decades in implementing the Party's education policy and its fundamental task of cultivating people with virtue. He said, "First of all, the discipline construction has reached a new level. Evidence of this is the inclusion of PKUSZ's four dominant disciplines in the list of key disciplines confirmed by Guangdong province for its new round of high-level university construction. Second, PKUSZ has emerged as a new engine of economic and social development. Over the past two decades, PKUSZ has trained more than 12,000 students and built several high-level research platforms to drive research output and regional breakthroughs in basic research as well as science and technology. Third, PKUSZ has taken a new path of education internationalization, which is manifested in the internationalization of faculty, students, and curriculum. Fourth, it has become a new model for comprehensive reform of higher education in China, with a brand-new and all-around education system that is in line with international standards. Fifth, PKUSZ has opened up a new realm of Party building and ideological and political development. This is demonstrated by its continuous optimization of the campus cultural atmosphere and enrichment of spiritual connotation in the process of inheriting the ‘red gene' of the Party." In review, Qiu compared the twenty years of PKUSZ to a journey of pioneering, innovation and progress, and praised its contribution to building PKU as a world-class university with Chinese characteristics. At present, there is an urgent need for outstanding talents for the development of the Party and the country. In this regard, Qiu encouraged PKUSZ to carry forward the glorious tradition of Peking University while nesting the innovation gene of Shenzhen, and made several suggestions: a) closely collaborate with Peng Cheng laboratory; b) optimize discipline design (e.g. shaping new types of engineering and liberal arts subjects), deepen interdisciplinary integration, and innovate international education models; c) promote the coordinated development of basic research and applied research, increase efforts to tackle key core technologies, and facilitate the deep integration of innovation and industrial chains, and ; d) recruit top talents from around the world to serve the economic and social construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Looking ahead, Peking University will keep in mind the guidance of General Secretary Xi Jinping and maintain the original intention of "cultivating talents for the Party and the country". On this basis, the University will further integrate into the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, continue to deepen the cooperation between the University and the community, contribute to the development of Shenzhen in the new era with stronger higher education, and help the city fulfill its new mission of building a Pilot Demonstration Area of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics.

Speech by Municipal Publicity Head ZHANG Ling


ZHANG Ling, Member of the Standing Committee of Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPPCC and Director General of Publicity Department of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, delivered a congratulatory speech on behalf of the municipal government on the 20th anniversary of PKUSZ. She said that over the past two decades, the University and Shenzhen have achieved mutual success and common growth, which is a vivid epitome of the fruitful education achievements in practicing Xi Jinping's thought of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, and a relevant example of building Shenzhen into a Pilot Demonstration Area of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. "The Party Committee and Municipal Government of Shenzhen will support the development of PKUSZ with greater investment, with an aim to shaping a global cluster of outstanding talents, and facilitating our higher education with quality and distinction," added the publicity leader.

Speech by PKUSZ Chancellor ZHANG Jin


During the event, Academician ZHANG Jin, Chancellor of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, reported on PKUSZ’s achievements in Shenzhen over the past two decades. The speech began with his heartfelt thanks to the Shenzhen Municipal Government, former and current leaders of Peking University and its Shenzhen Graduate School, as well as PKUSZ faculty members and pioneers who cared for and supported the development of the School. This was followed by a review of PKU's "southward migration", which in his eyes was a journey that began from scratch and grew fruitful with the selfless efforts of the pioneers. As he said, over the past twenty years, PKUSZ has yielded a plethora of results regarding faculty, students, disciplines and research, and has contributed its rich experience to the country's exploration on higher education reform. Facing the future, the Chancellor raised new expectations for PKUSZ at the 20-year turning point: to respond to the major development strategies of the country, deepen the cultivation of innovative talents, and cooperate with enterprises and communities to serve the society; to update the School's missions and strategies, including building "a highland for the cultivation of international, multi-faceted, innovative and leading talents"; to build up innovative platforms for solving bottleneck conundrums in building Shenzhen as a Pilot Demonstration Area of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and a core engine of the Greater Bay Area; to become an experimental field for the construction of new engineering disciplines rooted in the Greater Bay Area and facing the world, and to make unremitting efforts for a new paradigm of linkage development in frontier fields and interdisciplinary disciplines.

Speech by SUSTech President XUE Qikun


Academician XUE Qikun, President of Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), also congratulated the twentieth anniversary on behalf of our partner universities. As per Xue's remarks, PKUSZ has carried out comprehensive and in-depth cooperation with SUSTech in disciplines, postgraduate training and scientific research, jointly driving the establishment of a new system and landscape for higher education in Shenzhen. During its 20 years of operation in Shenzhen, PKUSZ has demonstrated its excellence in cultivating talents, building disciplines, conducting scientific research, and serving society in multiple dimensions. Against this backdrop, Xue expectedthe Schoolto inherit the excellent research and teaching genes of Peking Universityand leverage the opportunities of the "Greater Bay Area" and "Pilot Demonstration Area" tocreate a high-level talent highland for the Greater Bay Area. In addition, Xue expressed his expectation that SUSTech and PKUSZ would further join hands to implement the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping on higher education and talent cultivation, and thus cultivate more new-era talents who will take up the responsibility of national rejuvenation and make greater contributions to the construction of a world-class university system in China.

Remarks by LI Wei, Alumni Graduate


LI Wei, a class-of-1981 alumnus, praised PKUSZ students in their search for truth, service to society, and the passing on of the fine academic ethos and spirit. "People who are determined to pursue goals that are not easy to achieve can succeed, and people who do not avoid hardships and dangers can keep moving forward. In this great era, as PKUers, we can surely continue to carry forward the ‘spirit of PKU', take up the responsibility and mission given to PKU people by history, share the fate of the country and move forward with the times. I hope that PKUSZ will carry on in the forefront of the times, contribute deeper ideas to mankind, cultivate more talents for society and create greater glory!" said the alumnus sentimentally.

Yanyuan Building 6 Opening Ceremony


Yanyuan Building 6 Opening Ceremony was held at the meeting, with Comrade YAO Liang, Party Group Secretary and Director of Shenzhen Public Works Bureau delivering the key for the building to ZHANG Jin, Chancellor of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School.

"A Tribute to the Trailblazers"


The event also featured a special programme, poetry recitation"Salute to the Pioneer", which told the story of PKUSZ's 20-year footprint in the south while celebrating the efforts of our trailblazers and builders in their journey of exploration, development and innovation. Afterwards, a floral tribute was offered by the children of faculty members to the CHEN Zhangliang, SHI Shouxu, LIN Jianhua, CHEN Shiyi, WU Yundong and ZHAN Qimin - "pioneering"representatives of previous PKUSZ leaders. A plaque of appreciation was then presented to the representatives by GONG Qihuang, Executive Vice President of Peking University.

In the rousing chorus of "Singing the Motherland", the 20thAnniversary Ceremony & Review Meeting of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School was successfully concluded, marking a new chapter for the University to "break the waves" after 20 years of pioneering and glory.

Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School was founded in 2001 by Peking University in cooperation with Shenzhen Municipality, with the mission of exploring the reform of Chinese higher education. Aspiring to be a gateway to this reform, PKUSZ has been committed to exploring international standards in frontier fields, interdisciplinary, and applied researchsince its inception, with an aim to evolving into a world-class institution that inherits the strengths of PKU and incorporates the characteristics of Shenzhen.To this end, PKUSZ has been constantly enriching and innovating its discipline design, stimulating interdisciplinary and emerging disciplines, in an attempt to cultivate creative and future-ready research leaders that further connect scientific research with the industries of Shenzhen and Guangdong.

Over the past two decades, PKUSZ has nurtured a high-level, international faculty with 270 full-time faculty members. Among them, there are 2 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 12 national high-level overseas talents, and 5 "Changjiang Scholars". A number of faculty members were named to the list of “World's Top 2% Scientists” (2020) as well as “Highly Cited Chinese Researchers” (2020) by Elsevier. In addition, PKUSZ has enrolled a total of 17,226 students, and about 30% of its graduates have chosen to stay and work in Shenzhen in recent years.

With 20 years of dedication, PKUSZ has made great strides and achieved fruitful results. Looking ahead, PKUSZ will continue to move forward and shine on the world stage relying on the advantages of PKU and the Greater Bay Area. It will strive to build into a frontier interdisciplinary pillar for "New Engineering", an important talent driving force for the Double First-Class University Plan, and a core high-end intellectual engine for the Greater Bay Area blueprint. It is believed that with firm determination, PKUSZ will become a constant contributor to the national strategies of education innovation and reform and opening up, and narrate more "spring stories" in this entrepreneurial city!


ReporterNanyan News Agency

Editor: International Affairs Office






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