Soochow University Opening Ceremony 2018

On the morning of September 25th, the 2018 Opening Ceremony of Soochow University was held on the lawn in the south of the Bell Tower in Tiancizhuang Campus.

Many honorable guests attended this ceremony, including Ruan Changgeng, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Li Yongfang, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lang Jianping, Academician of European Academy of Sciences, Chen Xiaodong, Academician of both Royal Academy of Sciences in New Zealand and Australian Academy of Engineering, Albert Goldbeter, Chair Professor at Soochow and Academician of Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences. Fan Xiaoqing, 1977-alumna of Soochow and now Chairman of Jiangsu Writers Association and member of the national committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference also presented at the ceremony. Besides, all the leaders of the university and representatives of faculty, senior students as well as outstanding alumni attended the ceremony as well.

The ceremony started with the national anthem. Then, Zhang Jingyu from CW Chu College and Dongwu Business School delivered a speech on behalf of all the new undergraduate students while Ren Chao from Medical College addressed on behalf of the graduate students. After that, four senior students from different schools shared with the new comers about their perceptions of university life and experience of success.

Wang Shu’ao, the faculty representative from School for Radiological and Interdisciplinary Science as well as winner of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars also talked about his own story at the ceremony. Looking back on his learning and working experience, he encouraged the new students to seize the opportunity, set up lofty ideals, and bravely shoulder their responsibilities.

Fan Xiaoqing put forward three key expressions to the students presented: knowledge, epoch and original intention. She suggested that young students should learn to choose, abandon, and even empty their minds in this age of knowledge explosion.

Amid the applause, President Xiong Sidong addressed on the topic of “meeting”. He said that every freshman here must have his or her own narrative yet he also believed that many unexpected people and vast scenery are awaiting their discovery and exploration. Concerning how to eternalize this brief encounter with Soochow University, President Xiong shared with them some of his thoughts.

At the end of the ceremony, Professor Jiang Yong, Secretary of CPC Soochow University and President Xiong, representing all the faculty and the students, extended sincere wishes to 32 freshmen who are going to celebrate their birthday on that day. University programmers have tailor-designed an application based on big data technology for all the freshmen, hoping that the new students, with the help of this application, should live a wonderful life in Soochow University.