CUHK-Shenzhen Holds 2018 Inauguration Ceremony
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen 2018 Inauguration Ceremony was held on the morning of September 2nd, marking the beginning of a new academic life for a new cohort of 1146 mainland undergraduates, 55 international students, 598 masters and doctoral students at the University.
The ceremony kicked off with the solemn national anthem, featuring the presence of the Governing Board members, administrators and faculties of the University, and guests from all walks of life, including Professor Rocky S. TUAN, Governing Board Chairman of CUHK-Shenzhen and President of CUHK, Professor Yangsheng XU, President of CUHK-Shenzhen, Professor Aaron CIECHANOVER, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2013 and Nobel Laureate Professor Arieh WARSHEL.
Chairman Rocky S. TUAN: You Can Achieve More Than You Can Imagine
Professor Rocky S. TUAN, Governing Board Chairman and President of CUHK, delivered an opening remark to express his congratulations on the freshmen for embarking on a new journey at CUHK-Shenzhen. Professor Tuan said that university study is no longer for an exam or a certificate, but to contribute to solving social problems and improving people's lives with what we have learned at the University. To this end, he provided three suggestions for all new students: a. Think boldly; b. Respect different opinions: understand and then make comments; and c. keep your enthusiasm and enjoy your interests.
Chairman Rocky S. TUAN made the speech
Nobel Laureate Prof. Aaron CIECHANOVER: Challenge Authority and Love What You Do
Distinguished Professor Aaron CIECHANOVER, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, spoke about the secrets of success in his speech, saying that the first thing the freshmen need to do at CUHK-Shenzhen is to learn how to ask questions and solve problems. To this end, students need to own the ability to challenge authority. In the past, the authority was students' teachers and parents, but from now on, the greatest authority will be their professors.
Another secret shared by Professor Ciechanover is to love what you do, find your own interests, and stick to it.
Nobel Laureate Prof. Aaron CIECHANOVE made the speech
Student Representatives: Broaden Your Horizons and Be the Miracle
Yu Shuhua, a class-2019 student from SSE and Shaw College, on behalf of the senior students of the University, shared his experience at CUHK-Shenzhen and summarized it as two keywords for the freshmen: vision and exploration.
According to Yu, CUHK-Shenzhen provides students with a variety of courses and opportunities for overseas exchanges, which fosters students' ability to learn, gain insights and think critically. Here, the University is preparing students not just for careers but to go on a global stage. There is no specific definition of what a university life should be like. Everyone shall explore a unique path to the future. However, being a responsible global citizen who has a global vision and can contribute to society shall be students’ shared destination.
Senior student representative Yu Shuhua made the speech
Wang Xingpei, a freshman from the Third Experimental Middle School in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, said as a freshman representative: "The University is the beginning of our exploration. What kind of life is ahead of us? Want to see a miracle? Be a miracle."
New Student representative Wang Xingpei made the speech
President Yangsheng XU: Be a Responsible Global Citizen who is Concerned about the World
First of all, university is not only a place to gain in-depth knowledge of the chosen subject, but to develop interest and enhance ability for future study.
Secondly, university not only teaches students how to learn, but, more importantly, how to become a better person who can serve the society with their intelligence.
Thirdly, young people should behave with cultural awareness. It is necessary for them to know about traditional Chinese culture and at the same time hold a global view, so that they can comprehend the great significance and the developing trend of human civilization.
At last, Professor Xu expected that students have the awareness of sharing and serving. To think for others and take responsibility as a member of a group. In this way, they will one day become a responsible citizen.
Professor Xu Yangsheng made the speech
With the exit of the procession, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen Inauguration Ceremony 2018 came to an end. More than 1,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students from around the world officially became a member of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, opening their academic journey in this magical land.
The orientation activities of CUHK-Shenzhen started with the registration of the new students on August 29 and ended at the end of the September 2nd with the Inauguration Ceremony. A series of activities were designed to welcome new students, including freshmen meetings, icebreaking activities offered by schools, afternoon tea parties, parents' meeting, welcome dinner, the Inauguration Ceremony and welcome dance parties. These activities have enhanced the mutual understanding between students and between students and teachers, helping new students to integrate into the big family of CUHK-Shenzhen and adapt to a new environment.