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Long-term ambitions, time is precious — Shanghai Jiaotong University President Lin Zhongqin's speech at the opening ceremony of the 2018 freshmen

更新时间:2018/9/10 9:43:03 Hits: 1280 Updated: 2018/9/10 9:43:03

The School of Network Education of Shanghai Jiaotong University reprinted Lin Jiaoqin, the president of Jiaotong University, at the opening ceremony of the 2018 freshmen of Shanghai Jiaotong University.


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Aspirational and timeless as gold

---- Keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 2018 freshmen

Lin Zhongqin, President of Shanghai Jiaotong University

September 9, 2018


Dear Class of 2018:

Today, you are about to start a new life journey. On behalf of the school, I extend my warmest welcome to everyone! Welcome everyone to be a Jiaotong University!

Looking at you who are full of energy, I can't help but think of the scene when I started school. Forty years ago, we came to Shanghai Jiaotong University on green leather trains, river ships and sea liners. Nowadays, the high-speed rail extends in all directions, the aircraft is convenient and efficient, and the development of science and technology has shortened the distance between Jiaotong University and your hometown.

The times are developing rapidly. However, young people of any age need to think about "why they read". In response to this question, the Jiaotong adults of all ages used their responsibility and responsibility to save the country and strengthen the country and rejuvenate the nation, and gave a loud answer. To this day, some people may think that the aspirations of Lao Jiaotong adults to "save the country by industry" and "report the country by air" are commonplace. However, we must soberly see that the world today is still in the tide of great change. If we are subject to restraint, we will be bullied, if we are abusive, we will be scolded. Influence, communication power, can not hold the destiny of the country and nation in their own hands. Worrying about the country and the people, and striving for strength are still the responsibilities of the contemporary youth. "Setting first-class aspirations and becoming first-class talents" is always the pursuit of Jiaotong University students.

To be a first-class talent, we cannot live without struggle. College life is extremely valuable. It is a mature period of one's psychology, thinking and values. How to spend college time will directly affect your life. Different methods, the results are very different. I would like to take this opportunity to ask a question to each of the undergraduates, masters and doctoral students present, and I hope to inspire everyone.

First, as freshmen, are you ready for college? University learning is different from high school. It requires independent inquiry-based learning to form a complete knowledge structure and a broad knowledge system. In college, whether you can find a learning method that suits you and establishes good study habits will affect your future development. Some classmates actively expand their horizons, trace the source, and find the key to the temple of knowledge. Learning will be like water, and people will be more confident and calm. Some students study step by step and are satisfied with the successful completion of their studies. Without a strong desire for knowledge, they will lose their motivation to pursue excellence over time. There are also a few classmates who cannot grasp their own time and are addicted to games and play for a while, which can easily cause academic difficulties, and even face the crisis of dropping out of school, ashamed of their parents' expectations, and of their original heart. Ladies and gentlemen, you stand out from your peers to the Jiaotong University. You have the potential to grow into outstanding talents, but after four years, the gap between the students is likely to widen. Diligent learning and passing, active exploration and passive acceptance, the results will be seen after four years. I hope that all of you will set high goals for yourself and take the initiative to learn from the first semester, so that you can steadily grow into outstanding talents with unlimited potential.

Secondly, as graduate students, do you fully understand the significance of graduate study? A master's degree is not a simple extension of an undergraduate. The undergraduate focuses on learning the basics. At the master's level, more emphasis is placed on improving the application of professional knowledge. For academic masters, not only must knowledge be deepened, but also scientific research training and academic literacy must be strengthened, and solid basic skills should be acquired for higher-level research in the future. At the same time, we must also pay attention to cultivating academic interest. The love of majors is the first driving force for learning and research, which will help you to go further and fly higher on the academic road. For professional masters, not only must master professional knowledge, but also have the ability to solve practical problems. Only based on the industry can we make our future career more promising and broader. Of course, some people use the master's degree as a wait-and-see period to avoid choices, and some people use the master's diploma as a stepping stone to respond to job hunting. Abandon short-sighted and utilitarian choices and spend time on developing academic expertise and application skills. I hope that all the graduate students present can truly become a rising academic star and the most popular backbone of the industry through their own efforts.

Third, as PhD students, do you have the courage to overcome difficulties? Everyone may have heard that it is difficult for Jiaotong University to read a Ph.D. As far as my own experience as a doctoral student is concerned, only with the "difficult" tempering can we become a great talent. Doctoral students of Jiaotong University must have the ambition to climb the peak of science, be able to solve the basic frontiers and technical problems, and make influential original results; they must follow the path that others have not gone through, and solve problems that their predecessors cannot solve. To create knowledge that has not yet been created. In the first half of the twentieth century, high-speed flight became a difficult problem to be overcome in aviation engineering. When our senior student Qian Xuesen was studying at the California Institute of Technology, he took aerodynamics as the research direction, proposed and solved the "thermal barrier" problem when the aircraft was flying at high speed, and promoted the development of supersonic aircraft. He and his mentor Feng · Carmen jointly proposed the famous "Carmen-Money formula", which laid the theoretical foundation of thin shell mechanics. Classmates, "The world is amazing, weird, and very extraordinary. It often lies in the distance." Throughout history, many great scientists have begun to challenge huge problems at the doctoral level, laying a good start for their academic careers. I hope that my doctoral students will take a longer-term view, instead of looking for problems on paper, but really explore the frontiers of science and the real problems that the country needs. Aspirations, put forward new academic ideas. Students should cherish the doctoral experience, reborn in the "high temperature furnace", and make important contributions to the country's scientific and technological progress and social development.

Students, the above questions are not only what you need to think about now, but also need long-term experience. "If you ca n’t do what you want, you ca n’t do it." You can only achieve great things if you have high ambitions and perseverance for the cause of the country and the nation. .

With the rotation of the hour hand, university life has slowly unfolded before your eyes. May you open your splendid future in your struggle!

thank you all!


School of Adult Education, Shanghai Jiaotong University

2018-9







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