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2020 New Year's Greetings

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Party Secretary Li Jiajun                     President Jin Donghan

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Chinese New Year’s Greetings.

As we ring out the old and usher in the new, we are embracing a new start for the year ahead. At this moment of welcoming the New year, we, and on behalf of the university, would like to extend new year’s greetings and best wishes to the faculty, students, staff, including those who have retired, to TJU alumni around the globe, and to people from all walks of life who are concerned with and constantly support the development of TJU.

In the past year, Tianjin University people have made great efforts. New progress and new results have been achieved in the development of the University.

In the past year, we worked together to thoroughly implement the fundamental task of cultivating talents with high moral standards. A conference on Comprehensive Reform of Talent Cultivation was held. The conference released Tianjin University’s new plan for talent cultivation that advocates the concepts of “Five Excellences” (moral, intellectual, physical, aesthetic and labor education) and “Three involvements” (all faculty and staff, the whole period of students’ college life, and the education environment). Cut-through talent cultivation program for undergraduates and postgraduates was launched and connotative reform on talent training mode was promoted. The course "Introduction to Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, a doctoral program of Marxist Theory (level 1 discipline) and an undergraduate major in Marxist Theory were set up.

In the past year, we have steadily promoted the development of the "Emerging Engineering Education (E3)". We organized the conference of launching the "six excellences and one top" plan 2.0 (a teaching plan to cultivate excellent engineers, doctors, agricultural and forestry talents, teachers, rule of law talents, news and communication talents and top students in basic disciplines) which was jointly sponsored by 14 ministries and units including the Ministry of Education. The “Emerging Engineering Education International Alliance” and “National Emerging Engineering Education Innovation Center” settled in Tianjin University. The Coherent-Collaborative-Interdisciplinary-Innovation (CCII) was released. E3 programs such as artificial intelligence, data science and big data, intelligent manufacturing, smart grid and information engineering were established. The first E3 talent training school-level platform "Future Intelligent Machines and System Platform" opened to new students.

In the past year, we continued to build top-notch faculty teams. The reform of the personnel system was deepened, a contract-based employment system was established, the mechanism for professional and technical posts was optimized, the classification and evaluation of disciplines was strengthened, an inter-disciplinary appointment system on a trial basis was implemented, and the establishment of a college-level classification and evaluation system was promoted. Nineteen seminars for overseas high-level talents and two "Peiyang Forums for Young Scholars" were held, newly appointing 56 national-level talents. The construction of the "Peiyang Faculty Career Development System" was further promoted. The number of distinguished professors increased to 15, the number of chair professors was 64, and the number of permanent professors was 182. The "Ethics Convention for Staff" was released. One teacher was awarded the National Model Teacher in 2019.

Over the past year, we continued to strengthen the competitiveness of our disciplines. Disciplinary layout of “consolidating engineering, strengthening science, revitalizing humanities and developing medicine” was deepened. Disciplines of environmental ecology, social sciences, and clinical medicine entered the top 1% of ESI for the first time. The Journal "Nature" introduced the Institute of Molecular Aggregation Science at Tianjin University. Clinical medicine was established and its first batch of undergraduate students were recruited. The Ministry of Education's Engineering Research Center for Intelligent Medical Engineering, and the National Institute of Big Data in Healthcare were established at Tianjin University. The world's first brain-computer interface chip "Brain Talker" developed by Tianjin University was unveiled at the 3rd World Intelligence Conference.

Over the past year, we improved our scientific and technological innovation capabilities.The reform of the scientific research system and mechanism was deepened, the vitality of innovation was stimulated, and the scientific research funding exceeded 3.5 billion yuan. Twenty-two national key R & D projects were led by Tianjin University, eight of which were international cooperation projects. 361 projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China were approved, including two projects of innovative research groups, five projects of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, and eight projects of National Excellent Youth Foundation of China, ranking among the top universities in the country. Three major humanities and social science projects were approved, and three think tanks were selected into the Chinese think tank index. A national-level rare earth catalytic research institute and Tianjin University-Zhejiang Research Institute were established. Numerous strategic cooperation agreements were signed with renowned enterprises including China Shipping Group and Zhenhua Port Machinery Company.

In 2019, we further expanded international exchanges and cooperation. We have established cooperative relationships with 242 universities, research institutions and companies in 50 countries and regions. Nobel laureate Professor Frances Arnold was conferred as an honorary professor at Tianjin University. International cooperation programs steadily progressed. The transition campus of Georgia Tech Tianjin University Shenzhen Institute was officially launched. The construction of Tianjin University-National University of Singapore Joint Institute was initiated with first batch of 60 doctoral students being enrolled. With the promotion of the "studying at TJU" project, over 2000 overseas degree students were admitted to Tianjin University.

Over the past year, we created a more civilized and harmonious cultural environment on campus. Construction of a civilized campus across the country was deepened. A series of activities were held including “Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of PRC”, and “A Special Exhibition of Chinese Wood-Block New Year Pictures and Culture”. An Education Fund and a supermarket for Students with Financial Difficulties were established. Intelligent services such as express delivery driverless cars entered the campus, further improving the intelligent level of campus. The Peiyang Crabapple Venture Capital Fund was established, and the first "Peiyang Crabapple Cup" Alumni Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition was held. Peiyang Chorus won the championship in the ninth International Choir Festival.

Year 2020 is a crucial year for Tianjin University to implement the new "three steps" strategy. In 2020, we will welcome our celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of Tianjin University. In the new year, we will continue to write a new grand chapter and create a brilliant future for Tianjin University!

We sincerely wish you and your families a happy and smooth New Year, good health and every happiness!

Party Secretary Li Jiajun, President Zhong Denghua

By: Sun Xiaofang