The scene of the 70th anniversary development conference of the establishment of Huagong. Photo courtesy of Hua Xuan
Seven-rank Fanghua cultivated peach and plum, and the heart was first-class at the beginning of a century. On December 17th, the Development Conference to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of South China University of Technology (hereinafter referred to as Huagong) (the second global alumni representative conference) was held in the gymnasium of Huagong Guangzhou International Campus. On the same day, leaders at all levels, all walks of life, a number of academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, representatives of domestic and foreign universities and alumni at home and abroad gathered online and offline to participate in the grand event. According to statistics, since the establishment of the school, Huagong has cultivated 570,000 alumni.
“More than 100 years of spring and autumn, 70 years of hard work.” Zhang Xichun, secretary of the Party Committee of the Chinese Labor Party, said that the Guangdong Provincial No. 1A Industrial School, which was established in January 1918, has become one of the pathfinders of higher engineering education in China. In November 1952, the South China Institute of Technology was established as the essence of engineering in the southern region, and “a banner of the South China University of Technology” was planted. The brilliant achievements of Chinese workers today are the result of the continuous struggle of generations of Chinese workers, especially the old leaders in different periods who have worked hard for the cause of the school day and night, laying a solid foundation for the development of the school.
According to him, in recent years, the Chinese industry’s school-running undertaking has made many breakthroughs and climbed strongly – it has fully entered the four global university rankings, and the overall school-running level ranks among the top 200 of the “World University Academic Ranking” of soft sciences, among the top 50 of the Times Higher Education Asia University Ranking (ranked 15th among Chinese mainland universities), and has been rated by Reuters as the top 10 most innovative universities in Asia for four consecutive years, and two disciplines of polymer science and food science and technology are in US News Ranked first in the world in the 2023 World University Rankings by Subject.
Zhang Liqun, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and president of Chinese engineering, said in his speech entitled “Seven Ranks Inherit Dreams, Initial Intention to the Future” that with the original intention of educating and strengthening the country and inheriting the dream of creating a first-class class, in the 70th anniversary of its founding and the 105 years since the founding of the school, generations of Chinese workers have adhered to the school motto of “erudition and careful thinking, discernment and dedication”, and carried forward the spirit of “learning morally, self-improvement, pragmatic innovation, and pursuing excellence”. It has embarked on a unique path rooted in China to run a world-class university, and painted a magnificent historical picture in the land of southern Guangdong.
Zhang Liqun pointed out that every achievement of the school is deeply engraved with the immortal mark of every Chinese worker who loves the school and prospers. He emphasized that as a “double first-class” construction university with the deep integration of science and technology as the first productive force, talent first resource and innovation first driving force, and as a vanguard force leading the era and social development, Huagong will vigorously promote the construction of “academic Chinese workers”, “open Chinese workers”, “good governance Chinese workers”, “happy Chinese workers” and “great American Chinese workers”, bravely become the vanguard of higher education in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and continue to write a better future and a more magnificent chapter in the construction of world-class universities with Chinese characteristics.
Gao Song, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, former president of Huagong and current president of Sun Yat-sen University, delivered a speech as a representative of sister universities. He said that Huagong is a university with a strong sense of innovation, dares to be the first, bravely stands at the forefront of the tide, insists on serving the society, always pursues excellence, and has formed a very unique model in the cultivation of top-notch innovative talents and serving economic and social development. “Cradle of engineers”, “Cradle of entrepreneurs”, “Saturday Engineer”, “Engine of Guangdong’s economic and social development” and “Huangpu Military Academy in the new energy vehicle industry”, these social titles highlight the school-running philosophy of “integration into development and development” from different angles.
Gao Song said that both Huagong and CUHK are important members of the national first-class university group and the vanguard of Guangdong’s higher education development, and have the same mission. He hopes to work with brother universities to earnestly shoulder the important tasks entrusted by the country, the nation and the times, and strive to cultivate more leading talents for the country who are worthy of the task of national rejuvenation and lead future development; Give better play to the role of the main force of basic research and the source of major scientific and technological breakthroughs, promote more scientific and technological achievements to serve the Bay Area and the country, and help the country win the battle for key core technologies.
It is understood that the 70th anniversary development conference held by Huagong is not only a comprehensive summary of the school’s achievements and experience, but also an ideological and political course that encourages teachers and students to move forward and climb to higher goals for the future. The school continuously strengthens the “Chinese Labor Path” of scientific and technological innovation of “integrating into development and promoting development”, deepens pragmatic cooperation with leading enterprises in the industry, actively serves and supports the major strategic needs of the country, and helps Guangdong build a strong manufacturing province. At the conference, a strategic cooperation signing ceremony and an innovation development unveiling ceremony were also held.