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First Doctoral Dissertation Defense Convened Online

Release time:March 18, 2020 / Ren Chenjie

On March 14 at 10:00 am, Prof. Cao Xianbin, Dean of the School of Electronic and Information Engineering, officially kicked off the doctoral dissertation defense as the chairman of the defense committee at the New Main Building of Xueyuan Road Campus of Beihang University. The other four participating specialists are Prof. Wang Jianqiang from Tsinghua University, Prof. Li Jinglin from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Prof. Wang Jian from Beijing Jiaotong University and Prof. Yu Bin from Beihang University.

At this critical juncture in the prevention and control of COVID-19, the Graduate School of Beihang University resolutely implements the work plans arranged by the Party Central Committee, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Beijing Municipal Government and the Party committee of Beihang University, giving priority to teachers and students’ life and health and making all-out efforts to guarantee the regular educational activities for graduate students. At the beginning of  February, the Graduate School designed pre-arranged planning for the online education to minimize disruption to teaching and learning, and the Office of Academic Degree initiated the relative work of online video postgraduate dissertation defense at the same time.

After being approved by the council of the Graduate School, the online dissertation defense plan, based on the advice of related schools, was officially published on the website of the Graduate School on March 7.

On March 11, a practice defense jointly participated by defenders, defense secretaries, representatives of various schools and staff members of the Office of Academic Degree was rehearsed to ensure the quality and effect of the following official defense.

Conducted in an orderly manner, the online defense is a brand new experience for specialists and students at Beihang University. Breaking through the limitation of space, the defender and five defense committee members  realized the “zero distance” communication on video meeting platforms. The dissertation defense was conducted on “TenCent Meeting” platform and the related secret ballot was achieved by “SO JUMP”, an online questionnaire platform.


“I was really excited at the moment when I was officially informed that I have passed the defense. The successful practice well reflects the painstaking efforts of my two mentors, the hard work of staff members, as well as the humanistic care and targeted measures of Beihang University. This special “cloud” defense leaves a profound impression on me, and I have deeply realized the high cohesion and steady working style of Beihangers who are always ready to shoulder their responsibilities,” said Zhou Jianshan, who has studied at Beihang for ten consecutive years to pursue his Bachelor's, Master's and Doctor's degrees.

 

Reported by Zhou Jinglin, Song Cong and Li Yan

Photographed by Ren Yilong and Chen Qianfang

Reviewed by Xiao Zhisong and Tian Daxin

Edited by Jia Aiping and Ren Chenjie

Translated by Ren Chenjie