A meeting for the 2020 Homecoming Day of Beihang was held on the morning of October 24. Attended by about 400 alumni and live-streamed online, the meeting brought faculty, students, staff, alumni at home and abroad as well as people from all walks of life who care about Beihang’s development together to celebrate Beihang’s 68th birthday and look ahead into its future.
Attendees stood up and sang the national anthem together at the beginning of the meeting
“Welcome home!” said Cao Shumin, Secretary of the Party Committee of Beihang University. She warmly welcomed the alumni and extended her sincere greetings to them. According to her, the homecoming this year featured the most participants and the longest duration in Beihang’s history.
Secretary Cao delivered a speech
October 25th is both the anniversary of the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea and the birthday of Beihang University, which reflects that Beihang is born for and grows with China. Beihang values patriotism, devotion and pioneering spirit, and generations of Beihangers have been serving their motherland by contributing to the development of China’s aerospace industry. Reviewing this connection, Secretary Cao summarized the features of Beihangers as love for both their family and their country, integrity, sincerity, innovation, responsibility and being a doer with achievements.
Secretary Cao introduced to the alumni the accomplishments and measures of Beihang in aspects of discipline development, talent training, faculty team, research innovation, management and service, etc. She observed that Beihang and its alumni have been supporting each other and stressed that by working together, Beihangers will definitely make greater contributions in the future.
Another speech was delivered by Shen Jianjun, representative of alumni graduating from the School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering 40 years ago and former director of the Science and Technology Commission of the Beijing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). “Beihang will definitely have greater achievements and a boundlessly wonderful future. I wish Beihang a better tomorrow!” said Mr. Shen, who praised Beihang’s excellent traditions and spirit and was very proud of the rapid development of Beihang.
Mr. Shen gave a speech
Zhang Di, representative of alumni graduating from the School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation 30 years ago and President of Rocket Technology Co., Ltd of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, thanked his teachers and recollected his college years in his speech. On behalf of the alumni, he showed the determination to make unremitting efforts to realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation and wished Beihang a brighter future.
Mr. Zhang addressed the audience
Academician Xu Huibin, President of Beihang University and Beihang General Alumni Association, presented the letters of appointment to 12 representatives of Beihang alumni working as enterprise mentors, inviting entrepreneurs to cooperate with the university in talent training.
President Xu presented the letters of appointment to 12 representatives
At the meeting, Beihang Student Chinese Traditional Orchestra performed a piece of folk music, and Beihang Alumni Chorus as well as some alumni representatives performed a creative dance, a chorus, a cheongsam show and a poetry reading, extending their best wishes to Beihang University.
Performances at the meeting
Attendees sang My Motherland together at the end of the meeting
Other activities on October 24 included a birthday carnival on both Shahe Campus and Xueyuan Road Campus, an online exhibition titled “Today’s Beihang”, a lunch for alumni to recall the past and a live-streaming shopping event for poverty alleviation in Zhongyang County. All the activities were live-streamed on several platforms, and statistics suggested that the live-stream was viewed almost one million times at least.
Moments of the homecoming
Reported by Wang Qing
Photographed by Di Bailu, Liu Yaoze, Wang Zhen, Shen Yanzhe, Zhang Keli and Chen Shuo
Reviewed by Li Jianwei
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Li Mingzhu
Designed by Wu Haojing