On June 7, Harbin Institute of Technology ushered in its centennial founding anniversary. Xi Jinping, president of China, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, sent a congratulatory letter to Harbin Institute of Technology on its 100th founding anniversary. Meanwhile, President Xi extended greetings to faculty staff, students and alumni of HIT.
In his congratulatory letter, President Xi pointed out that Harbin Institute of Technology is a university with a long history. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, HIT has taken root in the Northeast China, made patriotic contributions, and worked hard to develop a large number of national instruments, trained a large number of outstanding talents, and made important contributions to the CPC and the people.
On the eve of the centennial anniversary, Sun Chunlan and Liu He, members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice premiers of the State Council, respectively expressed their concern to HIT. Zhang Chunxian and Ji Bingxuan, vice chairmans of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress, and Wang Yong, State Councilor, sent letters and phone calls to congratulate the centennial anniversary. Li Changchun, Zhang Gaoli, Wang Zhaoguo, Song Jian and Li Jinnai have also sent letters and phone calls to congratulate the 100th anniversary.
On June 7, the campus of HIT was full of festival atmosphere. Overlooking the square of the main building of HIT, the overall shape of the emblem of HIT was presented. The banners of HIT, of all schools, and of all alumni associations on both sides of the venue were fluttering in the wind. At 9 a.m., the 100th anniversary of HIT was held in the main building square. Teachers and students, alumni at home and abroad and people from all walks of life who are concerned about the development of HIT gathered on the internet to participate in the grand event and witness the centennial glory of HIT. The ceremony was broadcasted live through the People’s Daily client, , Xuexi.cn, CCTV video, Zaker client, official Bilibili account and official Tik Tok account.
Xiong Sihao, Chairman of University Council, presided over the ceremony. Zhou Yu, Vice Chairman of University Council and President of HIT, delivered speech.
The site of theceremony
Miao Wei, Secretary of the Party Committee and Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, read a congratulatory letter
Leaders and guests at the ceremony
Zhang Qingwei, Secretary of The CPC Heilongjiang Provincial Committee and director of the Standing Committee of the Provincial People’s Congress, delivered speech
Xiong Sihao presided the ceremony
Zhou Yu delivered speech
Qiu Yong, a representative of brother universities and President of Tsinghua University, said in his speech that Harbin Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University are both important universities for the development of higher education and the cultivation of top-notch innovative talents in China, with the spirit of continuous struggle as the core cultural connotation. Tsinghua University and Harbin Institute of Technology always shoulder the national mission and serve the national needs. Facing the major challenges related to the fate of mankind and the great changes that have never been met before, universities must shoulder their due responsibilities, keep in mind their original mission, and make the world a better place with sincere cooperation and outstanding work. Facing the new century of HIT, we believe that the Harbin Institute of Technology, which is always striving, will surely emerge “800 heroes” of the new era. According to the requirements of the general secretary, Harbin Institute of Technology and universities across the country will continue to reform, innovate, work hard and pursue excellence, and strive to make new and greater contributions to the realization of the Two Centenary Goals and the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Qiu Yong, President of Tsinghua University, delivered speech
Carol T. Christ, a representative of foreign friendly universities, President of the University of California, Berkeley, and academician of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, said HIT and Berkeley are so very alike.They are both committed to discovery and creation of new knowledge. They inspire adaptive and creative leaders who could work across boundaries and disciplines，and they rise to the challenge in times of turmoil. In this challenging time for instructors and learners, HIT has also invested in its core academic enterprise and has been recognized by the province’s bureau of education affairs for providing students with outstanding online learning structures. Through these actions, HIT has shown how much higher education institutions can contribute to societal and human well being,and those were just the latest examples for the university’s 100 year history. On behalf of all of Berkeley. I sincerely wish HIT and this community continuous success and look forward to even greater collaboration between our two universities.
Congratulations on your first 100 years.And here's to a very bright future.
Carol T. Christ, President of the University of California, Berkeley and academician of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, delivered speech
President Zhou Yu awarded the award of “One hundred years of hard work with meritorious achievements” to Academician Liu Yongtan.
In his speech, Academician Liu Yongtan recalled the unforgettable years when he came to Harbin Institute of Technology in 1953, witnessed the earth shaking changes of the university, and grew with HIT together.
Liu Yongtan delivered speech
Yun Xiaochun, the alumni representative and Deputy Director of National Internet Emergency Center, said in his speech that HIT let him understand that only by doing a good job as a man can we make achievements.
Yun Xiaochun delivered speech
In her speech, Miao Yue, a student representative, a member of Lilac Micro Nano Satellite Team and a 2016 doctoral student of the School of Astronautics, shared the story of “making the dream fly to the sky” from coming to HIT with a dream of aerospace 10 years ago, to joining the Lilac Micro Nano Satellite Team, and then becoming the head of Lilac-1 and Lilac-2 orbital subsystem.
Miao Yue delivered speech
When presiding over the ceremony, Xiong Sihao said that we were extremely excited and and felt the great responsibility and mission when we received the congratulatory letter from President Xi. The congratulatory letter fully embodies President Xi and the Party Central Committee’s high attention and cordial concern for Harbin Institute of Technology, which is a high affirmation for HIT, a great encouragement for teachers, students and staff of HIT, and a deep expectation and entrustment for the future development of HIT. The congratulatory letter points out the way forward for us to run a world-class university rooted in China.