The 20th Anniversary of the University Merger and High-quality Development with Strategic Cooperation in the Post-COVID-19 Era were Held


On the morning of October 7, 2020, The 20th Anniversary of the University Merger and High-quality Development with Strategic Cooperation in the Post-COVID-19 Era was held in the South Lake Gymnasium. All the guests, including alumni, students and staff , participated in the ceremony to review WUT’s process of school-running in the past 122 years, especially in the past 20 years after its merger, and mapped out the blueprint for "Double First-Class" construction in the next de.

The conference has attracted more than 700 attendees, such as leaders of the Ministry of Education, Hubei Province, Wuhan municipality and related districts, academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, leaders of some central government-owned enterprises and Fortune 500 enterprises, leaders of sister colleges, leaders of industry enterprises and institutions, leaders of local governments, local alumni directors and alumni representatives of WUT.

The conference has also attracted more than 2,500 attendees, such as some of outgoing leaders since the merger of WUT, the current leaders, teachers and student representatives. Xin Sijin, Secretary of the Party Committee of WUT, hosted the meeting.

The conference opened ceremoniously with grand national anthem.

Academician Zhang Qingjie, Deputy Secretary and President of WUT, delivered a speech at the meeting. With the title of "always adhering to the path of creating advantages with characteristics and making unremitting efforts to build an excellent university to win a worldwide recognition and admiration", he comprehensively summed up the historical evolution and school-running features of WUT in the past 122 years. He pointed out that WUT started from the dream of saving the nation with industry in modern times. With the great historical process of building New China with industry, WUT provides talents, scientific and technological support for the development process of China's three major industries (building materials construction industry, transportation industry, automobile industry) growing out of nothing and going from weak to strength.

At the turn of the century, WUT, merged from the former Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan Transportation University and Wuhan Automotive Polytechnic University, stood at a new historical starting point and deeply integrated into China’s magnificent historical journey of strengthening the country with industry.

President Zhang Qingjie comprehensively summarized WUT’s historical achievements of the two stages of deep integration and rapid development, connotation promotion and leap development since the merger of WUT. It has achieved a significant improvement in the ability of training innovative talents, in team level and the ability of original innovation, in the ability of serving national strategy and regional development, in the ability of international cooperation and international influence, and in the governance capability of the modern university.

Facing to coming 30 years, President Zhang outlined the blueprint for the development of WUT, and pointed out its construction and development will enter a new period in an all-round way. WUT will achieve the medium and long-term strategic development goal of building an excellent university to win a worldwide recognition and admiration in an all-round way by the "three steps": enhancing basis, all-round developing and transcending.

At the end of his speech, President Zhang said, after a century of vicissitudes, WUT’s lofty pursuit and distinct school-running characteristics run through China’s historical process of saving the country with industry, building the country with industry and strengthening the country with industry, which deeply integrated into the Chinese Dream, a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

He expressed his deep gratitude to the fighters and devotees who promoted the development of WUT, and the leaders at all levels, all sectors of society, international friends and alumni at home and abroad for their concern and support to WUT, and looked forward to joining hands and advancing win-win cooperation together, thus creating a more brilliant future.

Liu Changya, Director of the Development Planning Department of the Ministry of Education, and Wang Zhonglin, Standing Committee Member of CPC Hubei Provincial Committee and Secretary of CPC Wuhan Municipal Committee, spoke at the meeting.


Li Yuanyuan, President of Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Peng Shou, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Chairman of China Triumph International Engineering Company, spoke on behalf of sister colleges and alumni respectively.

At the meeting, on behalf of WUT, President Zhang signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Wu Xiaoguang, chief-engineer of CSSC(China State Shipbuilding Corporation), Yang Qing, Deputy Party Secretary of Dongfeng Motor Group, Zhou Song, Chief Accountant of China Merchants Group, Peng Yi, General Manager of China National Coal Group Corp., Zhou Yuxian, Chairman of China National Building Materials Group Corp., Pei Minshan ,Vice President of China Communications Construction Company Ltd., Ma Jie, Party Secretary of the Second Research Institute of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, Cai Suping, Deputy General Manager of Beijing Automobile Group, as well as He Chengfa, Deputy General Manager of Conch group Co.

Signed agreements on major cooperative construction project with China Highway Engineering Consultants Corporation, Wuhan Economic &Technological Development Zone Committee, Foshan Municipal Government, Hubei Branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Hubei Branch of Bank of China, Wuhan Branch of China Everbright Bank, Rongcheng Municipal Government and Wuhan Xingang working committee,Signed comprehensive cooperation agreements with Shaoguan, Wuchang District Government, China Railway 11 Bureau Group Co., Ltd., BBMG Corporation, Tianjin Port (Group) Co., Ltd., Fujian Provincial Communication Transportation Group Co., Ltd., Xiamen Tungsten Corporation, Ltd., Dangdai Group,and cooperation agreements on important scientific and educational project with China Construction Seventh Engineering Division. Corp. Ltd., CITIC Engineering Design and Construction Co., Ltd., Chambroad Holding Group, Huawei, Hubei Provincial Communications Investment Group, SGMW, Guangxi Automobile Group, WINGTECH and TKD.

The on-site contract amount reached 10.567 billion yuan. On behalf of WUT, President Zhang also accepted donations from relevant units and alumni, such as Dangdai Group, Wuzhou Technology, alumni Zhang Guoliang, Yu Faming and his wife Dang Jingyun, Cai Jian as well as Professor Liu Yongjian.

Zhou Yuxian, Party Secretary and Chairman of China National Building Materials Group Corp., and Zhao Yuerang, general manager of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd.(CACC), successively delivered keynotes on strategic cooperation.

At the meeting, Secretary Xin Sijin pointed out that this morning, we together witnessed the theme event of WUT’s high-quality development of strategic cooperation in the post-COVID-19 era and the20th anniversary of WUT’s merger. Our sparkling wisdom pointed the way for the construction and development of WUT in the post-COVID-19 era, and our strong support poured into infinite power for WUT.

All teachers and students of WUT will live up to expectation, go all out to strengthen cooperation with all sectors of society, and make new and greater contributions in the journey of building a world-class university with distinctive characteristics, building a power of higher education, and realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

The anniversary was held in the main venue and the sub-venue, both online and offline synchronously. The sub-venue was set up in the Main Hall of the West Campus of Mafangshan Campus and the Student Activity Center in Yujiatou Campus. Also, it was broadcast live on network.

It is reported that on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the merging of WUT, many local alumni associations, social units, and alumni donated through various channels both online and offline to express their deep feelings for the university.

During the event, WUT will also hold an art performance of education achievements to celebrate the20th anniversary of its merger, a consultation meeting on the strategic planning of the 14th five-year plan, the second meeting of the second session of Alumni Association Council, and set up main forum and sub-forum of industry forums and a series of development forums. Furthermore, revolving around the "Double First-Class" construction and the future development of building materials industry, automobile industry and transportation industry, more than 100 high-level academic and cultural exchange will be held.

Since early May, on the theme of "20 Years Hard work After Merger Pursuing Excellence for New Chapter", and through organizing a series of activities, WUT has comprehensively summed up its achievements and experiences of school-running in past122 years, especially in the past 20 years of after its merger. We work together to seek ways of WUT’s "double-first-class" construction and strategic cooperation in the post-COVID-19 era, strive to promote WUT to advance bravely, pioneer and innovate in the world’s changes unseen in a century, and continue the glory of "passing the torch, nurturing excellent talents and rejuvenating the country".