New Year speech for 2020

From Xin Sijin, Secretary of the Party Committee of WUT and Zhang Qingjie, President of WUT

In a blink of an eye, the year 2020 is arriving. On this special occasion, on behalf of the WUT’s party committee and administration, we would like to extend our New Year wishes to all the faculty, retired teachers, students, 580,000 alumni around the world, and friends from all walks of life.

In 2019, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, with more than 1,500 teacher and student representatives gathering on the Feima Square to raise the national flag and sing the national anthem on first day of the school. In addition, an art performance was held for the anniversary, attracting tens of thousands of audiences. Patriotic feelings can be felt at every corner of the campus. We also successfully hosted the Judo Competition of the 7th World Military Games. With the highest quality managements, the most professional services and the most beautiful smiles, 132 key members of the competition committee, more than 1,200 volunteers, 269 security personnel, and countless backstage workers are praised by and the CISM and the athletes. In 2019, WUT has continued to contribute its wisdom and strength to finish building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects. A group of comrades has devoted themselves in the social development. They worked for the poverty alleviation in the villages, provided volunteer education in the west, offered assistance to Tibet and to Xinjiang. Every county, village, school and family WUT supported has undergone substantial changes. All these were achieved through concert efforts.

In 2019, we have also enhanced the party's overall leadership over the university. We have implemented Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and his important addresses on education. We adhere to educational philosophy of building a socialist university with people as its core. A theme education of remaining true to the original aspiration has been carried out. Through the theme education, teachers have been greatly motivated to complete their original mission of cultivating talents for both the party and the country. As for students, they have been more determined to realize the national rejuvenation. We have lunched reforms in the university, carried out political inspections over 17 units, solved the problem of nepotism. As a result, a full and rigorous governance over the Party in WUT has been improved. Moreover, we have issued a series of documents for enhancing teachers' morality and ethics, and initiated an education system for teachers in the new era. The ability of cadre officers has been improved via a number of training programs. Taking moral education as the fundamental task, teachers of the selective course of “Knowing Wuhan · Industrial Center of China" and of "University Physics" are popular among students. The first "Science and Technology Story" exhibition was held in 2019 to convey the strength and spirit of WUT. It has been known by more people via mainstream media such as "Guangming Daily" and "Hubei Daily". This year, the number of academicians in our university has increased to 10. The material science and engineering of WUT still ranks among the top 1‰ of the global ESI, and World University Forum on Materials Science and Engineering(MSE) Leadership hosted by WUT was a great success. Furthermore, breakthroughs have been made in chemistry and engineering, as the two disciplines have also been listed in the top 2‰ of the global ESI. It, now, has 16 students awarded as The Stars of Self-improvement of Chinese College Students, students who won the The Best College Students of China, and those who won a prize in the Challenge Cup. In addition, WUT also won the Best Popularity Award. This year, our scientific income exceeded 1 billion yuan for the first time, with 3 national scientific and technological awards. We also signed strategic cooperation agreements with some local governments, such as the People’s Government of Hainan Province, to jointly build a group of innovation parks, laboratories, and reform demonstration zones. As for the cooperation with the overseas universities, Institut WUT-AMU opened to the students this year and the Confucius Institute at University of Lorraine was awarded Confucius Institute of the Year. WUT has 4 international cooperation training programs for innovative talents, ranking the first in China. In 2019, WUT has made various but also significant achievements. These results were yielded through concert efforts. Thus, we would like to give all of you a thumb-up.

In 2019, we have strengthened our relationship with the alumni. Over the past year, we visited 341 alumni companies, and held the first alumni conference as well as the second congress of the association of alumni. The plans for cooperation in all round have been formed and a strong connection has been generated. In addition, 270 alumni representatives from 65 local alumni organizations across the country, the Netherlands and other 3 overseas alumni organizations, as well as 6 preparatory alumni organizations gathered in the Mafang Shan and Lake Waterway to for a new development. We are extremely proud that our alumni have succeed in their career!

In 2019, we also received a comprehensive inspection from the audit team of the Ministry of Education and the fifth inspection team of its Party Group. The Minister of Education and heads of departments visited WUT for investigation. Also, our leadership has been expanded with new members. Now, WUT has a clearer direction and stronger strength in pursuit of high-quality development!

Time never stops for anyone, and the seasons keep changing. In the upcoming 2020, we will continue to implement the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the CPC and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Plenary Sessions of the 19th Central Committee of the CPC, enhance the awareness of the system and its executive power, consolidate and improve the theme education, and rectify of problems found in inspections and economic responsibility audits. As "Thirteenth Five-Year Plan" comes to an end, we will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the merger and collaboration of WUT. In 2020, we will enter in a more prosperous society with all the Chinese people. Through hard works, we believe there will be a promising future ahead of us!

Let’s greet the arrival of the year 2020 together. We wish you all a happy new year!