Written by: Shang Yankai，Liu Xiu
Photographed by: Wen Lanrui, Deng Dekuan, Huang Cong
Translated by: Xu Hao
Edited by: William Mosteller
Date: September 14, 2018
In this golden autumn, the beautiful Harbin Institute of Technology campus received more than 3,900 undergraduate freshmen. On the morning of September 1, the 2018 undergraduate military training results show and opening ceremony was held at the Second Campus Stadium. Wang Shuquan, secretary of the school party committee, attended the ceremony and presented books to the representatives of the freshmen. President Zhou Yu also attended the ceremony and delivered a speech.
In his speech, Zhou Yu expressed his congratulations and welcome to the teachers and students of the whole school for the arrival of 2018 undergraduates, and paid tribute and gratitude to the parents who cultivated the students and gave them trust.
Zhou Yu reviewed the brilliant achievements of the school in the the past 100 years. Combining personal growth experience and insights, he puts forward hopes and requirements on how to live a good life in the university. Zhou Yu pointed out that the core task of college students is to learn, to learn better, to become knowledgeable, to better study, bear "ambition", "diligence", "bitter", "expertise", "smart" and "prudent" within in your heart, practicing it in your daily behavior. Firstly, as an outstanding representative and leader of the youth in the new era, we must have a high vision and a lofty goal. We must have the feelings of “Rise and fall of a nation rests with every one of its citizens”, have a better understanding of “why you learn, and what’s your purpose of learning?”. Secondly, we must be diligent. Diligent is the most valuable and reliable capital for every student in college. No scientist or successful person can easily succeed without his own intelligence and hard work. Thirdly，to work hard and comprehend the truth that " April showers bring May flowers." Only by persisting in hard work can you achieve excellent results in the fields and professions.
Fourthly, to be dedicated. We can achieve excellence only through dedication. Liu Yongtan’s, Academicians of the two academies who focus on one thing for 40 years (Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering), We must take a leaf out of Liu Yongtan’s book. Fifthly, to learn the university's curriculum better with the teacher's guidance and help, while making full use of modern information technology to help the learning. Sixthly, we must adhere to the school motto of Harbin Institute of Technology “strictest standards, greatest efforts", not only adhere to strict standards but also to pursue excellence, strictly abide by the school rules and regulations, and study hard. Zhou Yu also asked all the freshmen to handle the relationship between interest and responsibility, and strive to do a job, love a job, expertise in a job, specialize in a job; to transform the learning mode from high school to university, learn to study actively, learn independently, and learn creatively. Zhou Yu said: “in the spring of 40 years ago, I was like all of you, stepped into the campus of HIT with my dream and vision. HIT is like a furnace that has distilled me from a piece of pig iron into alloy steel with a certain strength and toughness. In the next four years or more, a considerable number of students will continue their studies at HIT, and will understand better the education they receive here. I hope that everyone at HIT can cherish the sorrow, study hard, be sensitive to knowledge, and achieve the all-round development of morality, intelligence, physique and aesthetics. After graduation, they will display their talents for the motherland and the people, realizing their own life value.”
Vice President Han Jiecai, Ren Nanqi, Secretary of the Discipline Inspection Commission Cai Jujin, Vice President Guo Bin, An Shi, Xu Dianguo, Standing Committee Member of the School Party Committee, Minister of Propaganda Department Wu Songquan, Assistant Principal Peng Yuankui attended the ceremony. Vice President Ding Xuemei was the host of the ceremony.
After the solemn flag-raising ceremony, the military training results show kicked off. Under the command of the instructor of the training unit, the undergraduate freshmen who participated in the training successively carried out the disaggregation, the military boxing, the arrest boxing, the women’s dagger fighting and the figure-shaped knife display, and simulated the modern war scene to complete the tactical comprehensive drill, showcasing the results of two weeks of military training. On behalf of the school, Han Jiecai read out the “Decision on Recognizing Advanced Individuals and Collectives in Military Training.”
Academician Shen Shizhen of the Chinese Academy of Engineering sent a message to all undergraduates on behalf of all the teachers: not only should you focus on deepening your own knowledge, but also pay attention to raising the ideological level, broadening your minds, cultivate your temperament, and linking your personal future with social responsibility. Starting from little things, achieving accomplishment through down-to-earth honest work and meticulous work style, and striving to be the strugglers of the new era.
Dr. Xiao Xiaotong, a Ph.D. student at the School of Computer Science, shared his personal growth and entrepreneurial experience as a student representative. He hopes that the younger school brothers and sisters will cherish the youthful years, remember the school motto of "strictest standards, greatest efforts", practice the skills, temper the quality, study diligently and cultivate temperament, Distinguish Benedict Line, strive to become the backbone of the society, thus becoming an enterprise in innovation and entrepreneurship.
At the end of the ceremony, all the freshmen took the oath and sang the song of HIT with all teachers.
Colonel Song Xianwei, director of the military department of the Air Force Harbin Flight Academy, the instructor of the training unit, the heads of various functional departments, the heads of the colleges, and some parents of the students participated in the ceremony.