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SpeechtoFreshmanStudentsontheOpeningCeremonyofthe

NewAcademicYear(Unabridged)

byProfessorDeanGan



DeanofGengdanInstituteofBeijingUniversityofTechnology?

Mydearstudents:

Today,youcomeheretobeginwithafour-yearjourneytostudy,withexcitementandexpectation,withhopeanddream。

Firstofall,onbehalfofallstaffandfaculty,Icongratulateallofyou。

WelcometoGengdan!

Iwouldliketakethisopportunity,toexpressmycordialgreetingstoallofyou,andfromthebottomofmyhearttothankyourteachersandyourparents。

BeforeyouchoosingGengdan,youmaysurfourwebsite,skimthroughtheenrolmentbrochures。

Youmayalsovisitourcampuspersonallywithyourfamilyandlistentoourfaculty?

scourseintroduction,orparticipateourintensivemilitarytraining。

Allofthesearehelpful。

AsDean,IfeelnecessarytointroduceGengdantoyou,andgiveyouabriefsketchoflearning,livingandmakingfriendsoncampusforfouryearstocome。

HowtodescribeGengdan?

IthinkGengdanisacollegewithfivesignificantcharacteristics。

Firstofall,Gengdanhasanadvancedphilosophyofrunningaschool。

Thereareover1000universitiesinChina。

Butthereisapersistenttendencythatmostofpublicuniversitiesbecomemoreandmorebureaucraticandadministrative,andmeantimeprivateuniversitiesbecomemoreprofit-seeking。

Allofthesephenomenaactuallydeviatefromspiritsofthemodernuniversity。

Fortunately,Gengdanhasinheritedthespiritofmartyrs,notforprofitbutforpublicinterests。

ThefounderoftheInstitutenotonlypoursallofherownwealthintotheschool,butalsoexpendsalloftuitionfeesinthepastnightyearsonschoolcapacitybuilding。

ProfessorRichardLevin,PresidentofYaleUniversityoncesaid,noambition,nofirst-classuniversity。

Gengdan?

smotto?

loyalty,forthestateandthepeople?

isexactlysameasHarvard?

s?

Letyourfriendbetruth?

andPrinceton?

s?

IntheNationsServiceandintheServiceofAllNations?

Ourmottoembodiesourdream,ourpassionandourambition。

Ihopeallofyoucouldembrace?

Loyalty,forthestateandthepeople?

infouryearstocome,andbecomepersonswithholisticview,andpersonswithsensesofresponsibility,missionandcommitment。

Gengdanmissionistoprovidestudentswithexcellentservicefortheirdevelopment,successandachievement。

Universitiescannotbeutilitarian。

Makingmoneyandofficialsrankingarenotourgoalsandvalue。

TheUniversityisaplacewhereyoungpeoplewithpassionateandexperiencedprofessionalsjointlyexplore。

Allofusdeeplyknowfaultsofthetraditionalexamination-orientededucationsystem,whichconstraintsourfreedomtogrow,curbourcreativity,affectourphysicalandmentaldevelopment。

Thesystemmakesusbecomepassivepersons,lackofinnovativespiritsandpassion,andaunidirectionalpeople。

Oureducationaltargetistomakeyoumorecreativewithcombinationofcompositeandappliedtypeofhigh-leveltalent。

Wethinkthecorevalueofuniversityistofosteryouup,itshouldbehuman-orientedembodiment,followingupitisatalentandachievement。

Nomatterdevelopment,ortalentandachievement,allofthemliesinourexcellentservice,includingeffectivecurriculum,aptitude-basedteaching,andsuccessfulcommunicationwithvariousstudentclubsoncampus。

Wehope,infuturefouryears,allofyouexcelsinpersonalitydevelopmentoveradegreeobtaining,abilityoverknowledge,andthequalityoverthequantityofaging。

Inaword,Gengdanwilldoitsownbestforstudentstocompletetheirstudies,toprovideourstudentswithsupervalueserviceofbothspiritualandmaterialwhenthemsteppingintosociety。

ThisisalsothereasonofwhysomanyoutstandingalumniofHarvardandStanfordcontributetotheiralmamater。

Becauseoftheiralmamaterprovidesthemwithlifetimevaluefarbeyondtheirexpectation。

Gengdanwillprovidethiskindofserviceandvaluetoourstudents。

Secondly,Gengdanhasastrongcouncil。

Intheworldwide,acommonpointofalloutstandingorganizationsisthattheyalwayshaveabrilliantleadership,nomatterworld-classmulti-nationalcorporationsuchasIntel,AppleandGoogle。

orprestigiousuniversitiessuchaswar-timesouthwestuniteduniversityinChina。

Fortunately,Gengdanhasanexcellentleadership。

Forexample,onGengdanInstituteSchoolCouncil,thehighestdecision-makingbodyoftheInstitute,thereisanacademicianofAcademyofSciencesofChina,ProfessorZhihongXu,whowasalsoformerpresidentofPekingUniversity。

TherearealsotwopassionateentrepreneurswithstrongsenseofmissionontheCouncil。

OneisfounderoftheNewOriental,MrMinhongYu,theotherisfounderofGengdanInstitute,Ms。

XiaowenWang。

MrYu,withextremelyhighsocialvisibility,extensivenetworkofresourcesanddreamofbuildingmodernuniversitydream,isalsoamodelofpracticingChinadream。

CurrentlyMrYuisChairmanoftheCouncil。

HewilldefinitelyinjectGengdanwithnewvitalityandbringGengdantoanewera。

TwoeducationalexpertsandemeritusleaderswithnoblecharacterarealsoontheCouncil,includingMrBoyuanFan,formervicemayorofBeijing;MrYanzhLin,formerdeputysecretaryofJilinProvincialPartyCommittee,andfourpresidentsofBeijingUniversityofTechnology。

ThestructureandexpertiseoftheCouncildeterminesscientificandforward-lookingstrategicdecision-makingandimplementation,andguaranteeGengdanonthepathofsustainabledevelopmentinthefuture。

Thirdly,Gengdanhasabeautifulcampus。

Whenyouareoncampus,youmaynotfeelrepressedbroughtbycrowdedandmany-storiedbuildings,nofakeantiquebuildinghere。

Insteadyoucanseealotofoldbigtressfullofthecampus,youmayfeelthespiritsofMartyrGengDanpervadingonthecampus。

Thecampusisfulloftree-linedroadsandpaths,andneatandorderedbuildingwithbrightwindowsandcleantables。

Ourcherryisparticularlywell-knowninthetown。

Thecampushaspleasantsceneryallfourseasons。

Thecampusemanatesculturalelements,dottedwithninelargeoutdoorartworks,producedbyfourwinnersofthePritzkerArchitectureAward,andbythedeanoftheschoolofSpaceArtDesignatHarvardUniversity。

TheInstitutecombinesserenityofbothOxfordandCambridgewitheleganceoftheIvyLeagueUniversity。

Beautifulcampus,abundantcollectionofbooksplusstateofartfacilitiesexcellentprovideexcellentsupporttoourstudents。

AsancientChinesesageXunzi?

ssayingsgoes,whenoneissurroundedbythevirtuous,hellbecomeuprighthimself。

Allinall,Gengdanisaperfectplaceforstudyknowledge,leeringaskillandcompeting,Thelibraryisagoodplace,notonlyforreading,makingfriendsandreviewingforgraduateentranceexaminations,butalsoencounteringMrMinhongYu?

sdonatedbooks。

Fourthly,wehaveanexcellentfacultyandstaff。

JamesBryantConant,23irdpresidentofHarvardUniversity,onceprofoundlypointedout:thattheuniversityshonordoesnotlieinitsbuildingsandquantity,butgenerationsofanothergenerationofexcellentqualityofthefaculty。

Theschoolistostandfirmlyifandonlyifthefacultybeexcellent。

Notonlyhasthecampusbigtrees,butalsoinhabitmasters。

AlldeansoffacultiesgraduatedfromPekingUniversity,TsinghuaUniversityandtheChineseAcademyofSocialSciencesandotherinstitutions。

Wealsohavewell-knownprofessorswhoeverstudiedabroad。

Withthehelpofseniorprofessors,ourmajorhasmorecorrectdirectionwithprofessionalcharacteristics,andcurriculumbecomesmoreflexible。

Wealsorecruitalotofyounggiftedlecturers,theInstituteiffullofFullofvigor,vitality,passionanddream。

Withthesupportofreturnedtalentsfromabroad,wehaveevenmorewideinternationalvision,buildourinternationalnetworksandpavethewayforourcommunicatingandlearningwithworldprestigiousuniversities。

Finally,inthepastnineyears,theInstitutehasestablisheditselfaquality-warranteemodelofrunningschoolwithspecificcharacteristics。

TheInstitutehasaimedat?

openness,internationalizationandapplication?

positionedintrainingstudentswithinter-disciplinaryandappliedtalentswithcreativespirits,andcharacterwithengineeringbackground,crossdiscipline,schoolbusinessunionandinternationalperspective,ThroughtheseweinitiallybuildupGengdanModeofability-orientedtalentstrainingsystem。

Werealizestratifiededucationthroughinnovativeteemexperimentalclass;fosterupinnovationspiritthroughdeliveringentrepreneurshipandinnovationlectures,andexploreinter-disciplinarytalentstrainingprogramthroughthecombinationofmajorandminor,anddouble-degreemodules,focusonhigh-endappliedtalentstrainingthroughpracticepriority,ability-orientedandlaboratoryconstructionandflexiblecurriculum。

Gengdantakesinternationalizationasstrategicpriority,advocatethe?

choosingGengdan,goingglobalasthephilosophyofrunningschool。

TheInstitutehasdispatcheddozenoflecturerstoHarvardUniversity,StanfordUniversity,DublinInstituteofTechnology,TowsonUniversity,anFranciscoStateUniversityforstudyandvisiting。

Moreimportantly,Gengdaniseagertopushjointlytrainingandinternshipprogramwithoverseascounterparts,expandstudents?

internationalvision,andenhancetheirabilityofcross-culturalcommunication。

TheInstituteadherestothestudentsautonomousruleadvocatedbyMr。

XingzhiTao,aneducationalpioneerinmodernChina。

Wefocusonstudents?

habitcultivatingandcapacity-buildingofreading,thinking,criticizingandabilityofexpression。

Wetakestudentsautonomousrulesasthemosteffectivewaytofacilitatesocializationofstudentsoncampus。

Wehopetocultivateourstudentswithsenseofsocialcitizenswithindependentpersonalityandhespiritoffreedomthroughvariouslecturesdeliveredbywell-knownmastersandstudyingabroadprogram。

Inthiseraofopportunity,onthisbeautifulcampus,Ihavetwoexpectationsofyou:

Firstly,learningtolearn。

TheAmericanfamousfuturistsAlvinToffleroncesaid,inthefuture,illiteracynolongerreferstotheilliteratepeople,butthosewholacksofabilitytolearn

Learningtolearnistolearnhowtothinklogically。

ThereisanoldChinesefableaboutself-contradiction。

AsearlyasSpringandAutumnandWarringStatesperiods,Chinesenoticedtheconsistencyoflogicalthinking。

However,intheworldwide,Chinesenationisstillalackoflogicalthinkingthoughover2000yearshaspassed。

Inthehistoryofthenation,wehavenotcreatedscientificandrigorouslogicalsystem,stilllackofscientificspirit,nottomentiontolearnLiarParadox,PrisonersDilemmaandGodelsIncompletenessTheoremandotherissuesrelatedwitphilosophy,economicsandphysicsfrommetaphysicssuchasself-contradiction。

Wecansaynologicalthinking,noscience,andnodemocracy。

Thecurrentexamination-orientededucationstillignoreslogicalthinking。

Gengdanwilltransfertheexamination-orientededucationtoappliededucation,toinnovativeeducation,wemustfirstlearnhowtothinklogically。

Withlogicalthinking,learningtolearnistolearntothinkcritically。

Ourbrainsbelongtoourselves,nottoothers。

OurthoughtsshouldnotberuledbyothersOurbrainsshouldnotrelyonotherpeople。

Wewanttothinkindependently,whilekeepingthecuriosityoftheworld。

Withoutcarefullythinking,fullyacceptingandcompletelyrejectingtheideasofothersarefaultofthinking。

Weshouldcriticallyacceptedtheviewsofothers,cantacceptargumentsandviewswithoutanydatasupport;nomattertheseviewsarefrombooks,fromlecturers,orfromparents。

Exercisingcriticalthinkingisindispensableforexcellingourselves。

TheInstituteiscommittedtocultivatehigh-endappliedstudents,whileoneelementof?

high-end?

istocultivatecriticalthinkingstudents。

Learningtolearnistolovereading。

GermangreatthinkerJohannWolfgangvonGoethesaid,readingagoodbookisjustliketalkingwithnoblepeople。

Greatbookstouchourheart,guideustofindthemselves,andthewayoflife。

Readingmakesusprogress,givesuswise。

Morereading,morehappiness。

Learningtolearnistolearnhowtoexpressourselves。

Today,afundamentalrequirementfromsocietyandemployeristhatthegraduates?

abilityofexpressionbecomesmoreimportant。

Thefirstaimoflearningtolearnistolearnhowtowrite。

Reading,thinkingandwritingareallinstrumentalinnotonlyteasingoutourstrandsofthinking,stimulatingandactivatingourthinking,butalsodevelopingourintelligence,cultivatingthehabitofthinkingcriticallyandcreativelyaswell。

Learningtoexpressincludesbothofwritingandspeaking。

Itcanbesaidthattheabilitytoexpressverballyisatleastasimportantaswrittenskills,ifnotevenmoreimportant。

BecauseInterpersonalcommunication,groupcommunicationandpublicspeakingareallinneedoforalexpression。

Itmayseemeasytothinkandspeakclearly,butitishardbecausebothofthinkingandspeakinginvolverichimplicationwithstrongapplication。

ThesecondexpectationisthatIhopeyoutolearnhowtogetalongwithotherpersons。

Peoplerepresenttotalsocialrelations。

Forallofyou,theuniversityisakeynodefromanaturalpersontosocialperson。

Learningtohowtolivetogetherwithdifferentpeopleisakindofknowledge,anability,andanartaswell。

ForthoseheroesofITera,oneofkeystosuccessiseffectivecoexistencewithclassmates。

Forinstance,JerryYangandDavidFilo,co-founderofYahoo?

LeonardBosackandSandyLerner,co-founderofCiscoSystems,andGordonMooreandRobertNoyceofIntel,eachcoupleareeitherclassmatesorcolleagues。

Infactmanyofentrepreneurialheroesofourtimesaresimilarwiththesecouples。

WeallknowthattheestablishmentofGooglebenefitedfromthesupportoftheAlumniAssociationofStanfordUniversityevenbeforenopeopleknowthepatternofprofit-seekingofGoogle。

Then100thousanddollarfromtheAssociationbroughtGooglethegreatestsuccessoftoday。

Fromthisperspective,weshouldtakeourclassmatesasourpotentialstrategicpartnerinthefutureentrepreneurialventure。

Therefore,learningtoco-existwithotherpeopleandtoenhancethisabilitywouldbenefityourselfforever。

TheChinesefamouswriterLiuQingoncesaid,thereareseveralcrucialstepsinourlife。

Thisisparticularlytrueforourstudents。

Ithinkthatforthcomingfour-yearstudyattheInstituteisespeciallycrucialforyou。

Ihopeallofyoulearningtolearn,learningtothink,learningtoexpress,learningtogetalongwithothers,andkeepinggoingahead,youwillbecomeoutstandinggraduateswithexcellentskillsoutofcountlessordinarystudents。

Withallthebestwishesforyou?