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2019 New Year Greetings - Continually Striving for New Accomplishments as We Set Sail into a New Year

 

Party Secretary Li Jiajun of Tianjin University

President Zhong Denghua of Tianjin University

As we ring out the old and usher in the new, we are embracing a new start for the year ahead. At this special time, on behalf of Tianjin University, I would like to extend my warmest greetings and best wishes to the faculty, students, and staff, including retirees and TJU alumni around the globe, and to all those who are concerned with and constantly support the development of TJU.  

2018 was a fruitful year. It was the first year for Tianjin University to fully implement President Xi Jinping's new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress. It was the key to realizing the first goal of the “new three-step” strategy and the key to the “13th Five-Year Plan”. The teachers and students of the university have gathered together, reformed, innovated, and dependably fulfilled various tasks. New progress and new achievements have been made in the development of various university undertakings.  

In 2018, we adhered to the primary intent of educating people and focused on cultivating first-class talents. We expanded our comprehensive reform of undergraduate education across-the-board, actively promoted the comprehensive reform of large-scale enrollment and accurately advocated the “Double 800” plan; we continued to advance the development of Emerging Engineering Education (E3), successfully held the international E3 forum and established the world's first E3 center; we established the Office of International Affairs for the Washington Accord Higher Education Evaluation Center of the Ministry of Education. Students of Tianjin University have made great achievements and highlights in the 4th China Internet + Competition and the VELUX International Architecture Student Design Competition. In 2018, the university received an evaluation of undergraduate teaching program by an assessment team from the Ministry of Education. The assessment team agreed that “Tianjin University presented a spirit and atmosphere of pioneering and enterprising, pursuing first-class, and seeking truth from facts”. 

In 2018, the university furthered personnel system reforms and built a high-caliber faculty team. We systematically expanded the reform of the personnel system and adhered to the principle of simultaneous talent introduction and cultivation. In the past year, the university has added 92 high-level talents, including 3 scholars of national Ten Thousand Talent Program, 10 scholars of the “Changjiang Scholars Program”, 9 national “Distinguished Young Scholars” and 6 national “Excellent Young Scholars”. Holding firm to the ideal of selecting teachers with excellent moral character, Academician Wang Jingkang’s team was selected as the first batch of “Huang Danian Faculty Team among National Colleges and Universities”; 6 teachers won the first teaching model award of Tianjin University. Professor Kim Baldridge became the third foreign professor of Tianjin University to receive the Chinese Government Friendship Award. 

In 2018, the university continued to optimize the layout of comprehensive disciplines and further strengthen the crossing and integration of disciplines. We adhered to the disciplinary development layout of "consolidating engineering, strengthening science, revitalizing humanities and developing medicine". With the establishment of the Medical College, the first program of Intelligent Medical Engineering in China began to recruit students. We signed comprehensive cooperation agreements with six hospitals in Tianjin which are officially listed as hospitals affiliated to Tianjin University, and expanded the “friend circle” of university-hospital collaboration. We have jointly established the School of Artificial Intelligence with Tianjin and established the College of Intelligence and Computing to serve the construction of an Intelligent Port in Tianjin. The Institute of Molecular Aggregation Science was established to promote the crossing and integration of disciplines. Four major humanities and social science projects were approved, and 225 papers were published on Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). Two think tanks were recently selected for inclusion in the list of CTTI (Chinese Think Tank Index) source think tanks and two think tanks were included in the top 100 think tanks of Chinese universities. Thus, TJU’s humanities and social sciences programs have been growing steadily. 

In 2018, the university furthered the reform of scientific research systems and mechanisms and effectively enhanced the ability for scientific and technological innovation. The Third Conference on Science and Technology of the university was a success. Research funding reached a record high of over 3 billion yuan; the number of published Science Citation Index (SCI) papers exceeded 4,000; the University applied for 3,614 domestic patents, and one won the gold medal of China Patent Award. Taking the lead of 8 national key R&D projects, we ranked the forefront among the national universities; and 342 projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China were approved. China’s first major scientific and technological facility in earthquake engineering simulation - the large earthquake engineering simulation research facility was settled in Tianjin University; the "Petrel” underwater glider set the working depth world record for a deep sea glider; Tianjin University contributed to the building of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge; and a frontier scientific research center for synthetic biology has been approved for establishment as one of the seven frontier science centers instituted by the Ministry of Education. 

In 2018, the university expanded international exchanges and cooperation and further strengthened international cooperative education projects. We accelerated the improvement of the Georgia Tech Tianjin University Shenzhen Institute, and established the first joint management committee; we signed cooperation agreements with the National University of Singapore, the People's Government of Fuzhou, and the Education Department of Fujian Province. The Tianjin University-National University of Singapore Joint Institute was agreed upon as the first project in the International Campus to cultivate global top-notch talents. We established the China-ASEAN Capacity Building Center as well as the China-Indonesia Smart Ocean Center, and Tianjin University was approved to establish the China-ASEAN Smart Ocean Education Center. 

In 2018, the university strengthened the development of its campus culture and created a positive humanistic environment. The Yangliuqing Painting Art Heritage Base of Tianjin University was completed and won one of the ten demonstration projects of the Ministry of Education's “Respect for Chinese Excellent Traditional Culture”. We successfully held the first university culture summit forum, the commemoration of the 120th anniversary of Zhang Tailei’s birth, and the series of activities to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up. We held the Tianjin University Alumni Association member representative assembly and completed the seventh session of the board of directors. 

The bell of the New Year has already sounded. In 2019, we will continue to strive for a new journey of building a world-class university with Chinese characteristics and Tianjin University style, and continue to write a new grand chapter for Tianjin University and create a brilliant future. 

I 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: Wang Xiaona
Editors: Sun Xiaofang and Keith Harrington