The 80th Anniversary Conference of BIT’s Founding
Spare no efforts to contribute to the motherland in the past eight decades
Lead the trend and create the future in the new era
Beijing Institute of Technology 80th Anniversary
Saturday (September 19, 2020) was marked as the 80th anniversary of the founding of Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT). The anniversary conference was grandly held in the East Stadium on Zhongguancun Campus to celebrate this big occasion.
On this day, BIT was burst with joy and full of vigour and vitality. Before the celebration, many VIPs have visited BIT. Chinese vice-premier Sun Chunlan, also member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee (CPCCC), has praised the education achievements of BIT in the past 8 decades, expressed her earnest expectation for BIT and issued corresponding instructions; Secretary of Beijing Municipal Committee Cai Qi, also member of Political Bureau of CPCCC, has inspected BIT, paid a visit to faculty representatives and offered his instructions; Alumnus Zeng Qinghong, former member of Political Bureau of CPCCC and vice-president, and his wife, Alumna Wang Fengqing, have sent a letter of congratulation in which they first looked back at the past days with affection, and then encouraged faculty and students to forge ahead; Xiao Yaqing, Minister and Secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), has taken a special trip to visit the students and faculty and congratulate the 80th anniversary of BIT.
At 9 a.m., the anniversary conference began with the solemn national anthem. The conference was live streamed on more than 10 platforms, such as CCTV News client, People Daily client and BIT official website.
Zhao Changlu, Party Secretary of BIT, hosted the conference. On behalf of BIT, he extended a warm welcome to all leaders and guests present at the conference, kind regards to all alumni across the globe as well as all students and faculty, and also gratitude to people of all social sectors who provide support to the development of the university.
Officials and guests present at the conference included Wang Qinmin, vice-chairperson of the 12th National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Director of National Committee of Experts on E-Government; Zhong Denghua, vice-minister of Ministry of Education (MOE) and member of the Party Leadership Group; Wang Jiangping, vice-minister of MIIT and also member of the Party Leadership Group; Wang Ning, member of the Standing Committee and Secretary of Education Working Committee of Beijing Municipal Committee; Meng Qinghai, vice-president and executive secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST); Du Yubo, member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) and vice-chairperson of the Education, Science, Culture and Public Health Committee; Zhang Jianhua, Deputy Director and member of the Party Leadership Group of State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense; Lv Hong, Major General in Equipment Development Department of Central Military Commission (CMC); Long Tao, Senior Captain in Science and Technology Commission of CMC, etc..
Leaders from over 40 enterprises and cooperation units participated in the conference, including Wu Yansheng, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Chairman of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation; Yang Jincheng, Deputy Secretary of the Party Leadership Group, General Manager as well as a board member of China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited; Jiao Kaihe, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Chairman, Shi Yan, Deputy Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Zhi Yulin, Deputy General Manger of China North Industries Group Corporation Limited; Gong Yande, Deputy Secretary of the Party Leadership Group, General Manager and Chairman and Jia Hongqian, Deputy Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of China South Industries Group Corporation; Chen Zhaoxiong, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Chairman of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation; Cao Jianguo, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Chairman of Aero Engine Corporation of China; Wen Gang, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Chairman of China Rong Tong Asset Management Group Corporation; Li Xiaopeng, Chairman and Party Secretary of China Everbright Group; Chen Guoying, member of the Party Leadership Group and Deputy General Manager of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation; Li Benzheng, Deputy Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and a board member of Aviation Industry Corporation of China; Li Qing, Deputy Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and a board member of Sinochem Group Co. Ltd.; Li Hua, Director of Science and Technology Committee of China Academy of Engineering Physics; Chen Yuhong, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Chinasoft International; Tan Xuguang, Chairman and Party Secretary of Shandong Heavy Industry Group; Du Jiangtao, Chairman of the Board of Junzheng Group; Jing Xiaoyong, Chairman and Party Secretary of China Oriental Performing Arts Group Co. Ltd., etc..
Presidents and Party Secretaries from over 50 universities attended the conference, including Hao Ping, President of Peking University; Dong Qi, President of Beijing Normal University; Cao Shumin, Party Secretary of Beihang University; Sun Qixin, President of China Agricultural University; Xiong Sihao, Party Secretary of Harbin Institute of Technology; Zhang Wei, Party Secretary of Northwestern Polytechnical University; Jin Donghan, President of Tianjin University; Guo Dongming, President of Dalian University of Technology; Chenjie, President of Tongji University; Zhang Guangjun, President of Southeast University; Gao Song, President of South China University of Technology; Zhang Zongyi, President of Chongqing University, etc..
The conference was also attended by many academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering. They are Wang Yue, Wang Xiaomo, Mao Erke, Wang Shunting, Duo Yingxian, ZhouLiwei, Wang Zherong, Zhang Yukui, Bao Weimin, Su Zhezi, Hu Haiyan, Mei Hong, Fang Daining, Hou Xiao, Jiang Huilin, Qiu Zhiming, Wu Jianping, He Hong, Sun Fengchun, Huang Qingxue, Li Jinghong, Mao Ming, Cao Xibin, Shan Zhongde, and Yang Shuxing.
Alumni represent General Liu Zhenqi, former deputy director of the General Political Department (GPD); Lieutenant General Han Yanlin, former vice minister of the General Armament Department (GAD) and deputy director of the GAD Science and Technology Committee; Zhang Junjiu, former Party Group Secretary, vice chairman and First Secretary of the Secretariat of the All-China Federation of Trade unions; Hong Hu, former vice chairman of the Law Committee of the National people's Congress and former governor of Jilin Province; Zhao Fengtong, member of the party group of the Ministry of Natural Resources; Chen Qiang, vice chairman of the Shaanxi Provincial Committee of CPPCC; and Major General Zhang Hong of the Beijing Garrison attended the meeting. Fang Xin, former deputy secretary of the Party Group of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xu Ming, former deputy director of the State Administration of Grain , Fan Boyuan, former vice mayor of Beijing, Xiong Daxin, former vice chairman of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the CPPCC, and representatives of alumni of the military system, Major Generals Qiu Ming, Shangguan Hui, Zhang Chi, Jiang Jiaoping, Chen Yutian, Lv Yishan, Xu Kejun, Zhang Zeming, Zhu Heping, Ren Enhua, Wang Yongzhong, and Chief Engineer Zhang Deqiang, etc. participated in the conference. Veteran school leaders Tian Yun, Tan Tianmin, Jiao Wenjun and Kuang Jingming took part in the meeting. Representatives of the government of university and local cooperation, heads of higher-level units, responsible personnel of enterprise groups, sister colleges and universities, and cooperative units, as well as people from all walks of life who care about and support the construction and development of BIT, representatives of retired teachers and staff of the school, representatives of teachers and students, etc. attended the conference.
BIT received congratulatory messages from more than 130 local governments and units, including the provincial party committee and provincial government of Yunnan, the provincial people's governments of Hebei, Jilin, Shandong, Hunan, Guangxi, the Xinjiang production and Construction Corps, and the Equipment Development Department of CMC, as well as blessing videos from more than 60 universities at home and abroad. During the celebration, Chinasoft International, Kingfa Sci. and Tech. Co., Ltd., Chongqing Qin'an M & E Plc., Suzhou TZTEK Technology Co., Ltd., Shanghai I2finance Technology Co.,Ltd., Shanghai Tongmin, Anhui Ensan Foundation, Sichuan Qianyi Composite Materials Co., Ltd. and other enterprises; the people's government of Danyang City, Jiangsu Province, Putian City, Fujian Province and other local governments; the couples of Du Jiangtao and Hao Hong, Bing Yangao and Tang Xie, and Su Gang and Fan Gangjuan, Fei Zhenyong and other alumni contributed to the donation. In addition, team of Academician Mao Erke, who implemented the transformation of scientific and technological achievements through Beijing Science and Technology Leike, and team of Academician Sun Fengchun, who implemented the transformation of scientific and technological achievements through BIT Huachuang, and other school teachers actively supported the construction and development of BIT, donated to the university. The donation totaled 1.36 billion yuan.
Zhang Jun, President of BIT, delivered a speech entitled "leading the trend and creating the future" on behalf of the school. He said that in the course of running a school over the past 80 years, BIT has persisted in following the instructions and guidance of the Party, inherited the red gene of "Yan'an root and the soul of military industry," and formed a unique spiritual temperament and cultural core. It has walked out of a "red road of educating people" in which the Communist Party of China founded and led higher education with Chinese characteristics, the "road of strengthening the army and serving the country" that is committed to national defense and service strategy, and the "road of innovation and development" that is open, inclusive and cross-integrated. He said that on the new starting point and new journey, BIT will, in accordance with the "three steps" strategic goal of building a world-class university with Chinese characteristics, carefully cultivate first-class talents, sincerely make first-class contributions, and strive to build a first-class university. It will also stride forward towards the goal of building a world-class university with Chinese characteristics and continue to make achievements.
Wang Xiaomo, who graduated from the Department of Radio Engineering in 1961 and won the Highest Science and Technology Award, spoke on behalf of the alumni. He suggested that under the influence and cultivation of the red gene of "Yan'an Root and the Soul of military Industry" of his alma mater, the "Red National Defense engineer" has become a portrayal of his life. He expects the younger generation of BIT to cherish their time at school, study hard, achieve all-round development of morality, intelligence, physique, aesthetics and labor, and wish his alma mater to build a world-class university with Chinese characteristics as soon as possible.
Jiang Lan, a professor from School of Mechanical Engineering, BIT, spoke as a teacher representative. He fondly recalled his study and work experience at BIT and expressed his pride as a teacher of BIT.
He hoped that his alma mater would continue to write legends and compose magnificent chapters in the new journey of building the world-class university with Chinese characteristics.
Li Fumeng, an undergraduate of the class of 2018 from Qiushi College, spoke as a student representative. She said that as a student of BIT, she should strengthen her ideals and beliefs, develop excellent skills, have the courage to innovate and create, and be determined to work hard, so as to contribute to a better future for the university and to the development of the cause of the party and the country.
Hao Ping delivered a speech as a representative of domestic colleges and universities. He reviewed the history of BIT sharing a common destiny with the motherland and the people, advancing with the times and society, and forging ahead with Peking University. He expects that the two universities will establish closer partnerships in various fields and make new contributions to China's higher education and scientific and technological innovation.
Sadovnichii, President of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Russia, delivered a video address on behalf of global cooperation universities. He mentioned that BIT is a steady partner of MSU. Shenzhen MSU-BIT University, the first Russian-Chinese cooperative university founded by the two universities, has made important achievements in personnel training and platform construction. Sadovnichii expected the two universities could deepen their cooperation and make new contributions to the in-depth development of educational cooperation between the two countries.
Wang Ning said in his speech that BIT is a university with a glorious history of hard-working and education. In its 80 years of schooling, it has overcome great difficulties and devoted in cultivating talents for the Party and the country. It has made outstanding contributions to the cause of national defense, the development of national economy and the economic and social development of the capital. Wang said that Beijing will, as always, support the reform and development of BIT. He hoped that BIT would adhere to socialist orientation in university administration while persisting in the Party's leadership throughout the whole process; practice the fundamental task of establishing moral integrity in cultivation and fulfill its personnel training task under the highest standard; serve the "four centers" function construction of Beijing based on the strategic positioning of capital city and to make new and greater contributions to the realization of the "two centenary" goals and the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Zhong Denghua said in his speech that since it was set up in Yan’an in 1940, BIT has always adhered to the correct direction of teaching and management, educating talents for the Party and country, inheriting the red gene, carrying forward the fine traditions, and making remarkable contributions to the construction of the New China, especially to China’s scientific and technological innovation and national defense modernization. At present, in face of the development of the Party and country, the need for developing higher education and scientific knowledge as well as cultivating excellent talents is more urgent than ever before. He hoped that BIT would firmly grasp the socialist orientation in university administration, fully implement the fundamental task of establishing moral integrity in cultivation, comprehensively enhance the ability to serve and strengthen the country. He hoped that these would accelerate the construction of BIT into a global tier-1 university with Chinese characteristics so as to make new and greater contributions to the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and to realizing the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Wang Jiangping emphasized in his speech that the instructions of vice-premier Sun Chunlan fully recognized the education achievements of BIT in the past 8 decades and gave explicit requirements for the following developments. These requirements, then, needed to be studied and carried out carefully as soon as possible. Since the world is witnessing major changes unseen in a century, he also said, accelerating sci-tech innovation is more urgent for turning China into a modern socialist country as well as realizing the national rejuvenation. In this context, BIT should be dedicated to the Party and the country, spare no efforts to strive forward, seek truth and perfect practice, cultivate talents with education on the history of revolution, pursue excellence and stay committed to innovation. Besides, BIT should stay committed to the guideline of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, remain royal to the full leadership of the Party, and then stride ahead towards the aim of being the first-class university by insisting on fostering integrity and promoting rounded development of people as the fundamental task, serving the urgent needs of national strategies and deepening revolution and innovation rooted in the motherland.
Zhao Changlu said, facing the major changes unseen in a century and standing at the period in which the timeframes of the two centenary goals converge, the students and faculty of BIT, with the overall strategy in mind, will be committed to the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, develop greater consciousness of the need to maintain political integrity, think in big-picture terms, follow the leadership core, and keep in alignment, and foster stronger confidence in the path, theory, system, and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and resolutely uphold General Secretary Xi Jinping’s core position on the Party Central Committee and in the Party as a whole, and resolutely uphold the Party Central Committee’s authority and its centralized, unified leadership. Also, they will adhere to the socialist direction of schools, implement the fundamental task of fostering integrity and promoting rounded development of people, inherit the revolution spirits that are devoted to the military development with their origin in Yan’an. Based on these, more contribution can be made to comprehensively drive the development of BIT in the aspects of cause and connotation, features and quality, to accelerate the pace for bringing BIT among the world first-class universities and to build a moderately prosperous society in all aspects and realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.
Hold the phone sideways to enjoy the conference.
The achievements of BIT reflect the prosperous era
There is sitll a new journey ahead with 80 years’ heritage
Different generations shoulder their own missions and responsibilities
Standing in the period in which the timeframes of two centenary goals converge,
All students and faculty of BIT will resolutely uphold the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era
And leading the trend and creating the future
So as to develop the cause of BIT in a scientific, connotative and high-quality way
Advance the construction of world first-class university with Chinese characteristics
And make bigger contribution to the building of a moderately prosperous society in all aspects and the realization of Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.