At 8 a.m., September 20, the opening ceremony for 2020 fresh students was simultaneously held at both Xueyuan Road Campus and Shahe Campus, marking the new journey of 10,572 incoming students at Beihang University.
It is the first ceremony jointly attended by both undergraduates and postgraduates, with a combination of online live-stream and offline experience at the two campuses in a synchronous way.
Among attendees were Cao Shumin, Secretary of the Party Committee of Beihang University, President Xu Huibin, Chi Jun, Commander-in-Chief of the “Beidou-3” satellite, He Xinzhou, Vice Secretary of the Party Committee and Secretary of the Commission for Discipline Inspection, Vice President Liu Shuchun, Vice President Huang Haijun, Vice President Wang Yunpeng, Zhao Gang, Vice Secretary of the Party Committee, as well as student, teacher and alumni representatives. The ceremony was hosted by Huang Haijun.
After all the participating students and staff watched a video named "Chasing Your Dreams—A Journey Begins at Beihang", the ceremony officially kicked off in the solemn national anthem.
On behalf of all faculty members and students in Beihang, President Xu Huibin extended warm welcome and sincere congratulations to 10,572 fresh students from nationwide. He then reviewed the past 68-year development of Beihang, encouraging the incoming students to be as diligent and resilient as the seniors, and devote themselves to the nation by fulfilling their missions.
President Xu encouraged all the students to stick to their original aspirations and shoulder more responsibilities amid changing times. Students are expected to inherit the Beihang spirit manifested in “devoting to the nation and daring to be the pioneers”, striving for their dreams in the deeds of national rejuvenation.
Cao Shumin read out the prize winners of the 2020 “Scholarship for Undergraduate Freshmen” and “Scholarship for New Graduate Students”, and the honorary certificates were presented to the winners onstage by leaders.
Su Qile, a 2020 freshman from Shou’e College, delivered a speech as an undergraduate representative. As a Wuhan citizen, Su’s parents are policemen working on the front line against COVID-19. He shared his expectations for college life and his determination to contribute to the aerospace industry of motherland.
As a representative of new postgraduate students, Yao Zhuo’er from the School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering expressed his will to devote to the nation by fulfilling his missions and his dertermination to embrace more challenges to be more qualified as a contributor of national rejuvenation.
Li Sai, a PhD studentfrom the School of Microelectronics, shared what she had gained in the past seven years at Beihang. She called on everyone to explore unknown fields, develop an international vision and shoulder grave responsibilities.
Wang Jingyuan from the School of Computer Science and Engineering spoke as a representative of teachers. He shared the stories of his two students who joined the battle against the novel coronavirus, hoping that students could tailor their talents for the strategic needs of the nation.
Chi Jun, Commander-in-Chief of the “Beidou-3” satellite, who obtained his Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees from the School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering and the School of Astronautics in 1990 and 2016 respectively, gave a speech as the alumni representative. He shared his own experience to inspire the juniors, hoping them to excel the seniors and make further contribution to the aerospace industry.
At the ceremony, the university leaders presented letters of appointment to counselor representatives. Cao Shumin and Xu Huibin presented school badges to the freshmen representatives. All the 2020 fresh students wore their badges on their clothes.
The opening ceremony came to an end with all the faculty members and students chorusing the university anthem “Looking up to the Starry Sky”.
The ceremony was live-streamed on platforms including Weibo, Tik Tok, Kuaishou, Bilibili, Yangshipin.cn and so on. Various news media, such as People's Daily New Media, CCTV News, People's Video, Xuexi Qiangguo and Beijing Daily, made live coverage of the event. It is estimated that 2 million audiences watched the event online.
Reported by Wang Qing
Photographed by Di Bailu, Liu Yaoze, Tian Wenhao, Wang Zhen, Zhang Kan and Wu Shaofei
Reviewed by Li Jianwei
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Wen Peiyu and Xiong Ting
Designed by Wu Haojing