On the morning of September 15, the opening ceremony of the ZJUI Class of 2022 was held at the Haining International Campus of Zhejiang University. Prof. He Lianzhen, Vice President of ZJU, Dean of International Campus, Prof. Fu Qiang, Assistant President of ZJU, Secretary of Party Working Committee and Vice Dean of International Campus, ZJU, Prof. K.C. Ting, Vice Dean of the International Campus, Prof. Li Erping, Dean of ZJUI, Prof. Philip Krein, Executive Dean of ZJUI, Prof. Ma Hao, Vice Dean of ZJUI and the heads of relevant departments, members of the University of Illinois Urbana Champagne Campus (UIUC) delegation and teachers, teachers from Zhejiang University, all teachers of ZJUI, all undergraduate and doctoral students of the class of 2018, and parents of students, adding up to a total of more than 300 people, attended the opening ceremony.
On behalf of Zhejiang University and International campus, Vice President He Lianzhen first extended a warm welcome to the 2018 freshmen and expressed high hopes for them.President He pointed out that Zhejiang University and UIUC are two of the world's top universities with strong faculty. They will continue to provide strong teaching and research support for students, and encourage freshmen to find fun in study and life, and spend the wonderful four years with passion and enthusiasm.
On behalf of the joint institution of the Zhejiang University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dean Li Erping warmly welcomes the Class of 2018, their parents and all guests attending the ceremony.President Li briefly introduced the development, current situation and school-running characteristics of United College, and hoped that the new students could live up to the four years' time, climb the scientific peak, and become the leaders and experts in the future engineering field.
Professor Umberto Ravaioli, representative of UIUC, said the arrival of the Class of 2018 has made joint institution even bigger and more vibrant.In the future, UIUC will continue to promote the cooperation with Zhejiang University, ensure UIUC's input from all aspects, and make ZJUI bigger and stronger, so as to make it a model of Sino-foreign cooperation in running schools.
The whole opening ceremony is a mixture of joy, passion and warmth.Students from United College directed and performed the whole activity, including solo singing to show individual talents, erhu, pipa and other solos, as well as dynamic hip-hop dance, band performance and other collective performances.The audience broke into warm applause.
In the meantime, the freshmen wear commemorative MEDALS for their parents and send letters to each other between parents and students, which are very warm and touching.
In the second half of the activity, ZJUI teacher Mark Butala spoke on behalf of the teachers. He encouraged the students to study hard, focus on exploring the unknown and give full play to their potential.
Zhang Yu, a student from the class of 2017, gave a speech as the representative of senior students. She shared her thoughts on student life in the international campus in the past year.She said that joining ZJUI International Campus was one of the most important choices in her life, and she found the motivation to pursue her dreams here.
Lin Lan, a freshman of the class of 2018, spoke on behalf of all the freshmen. She was very proud to be a ZJUI student. She said that she would practice the school motto of seeking truth and innovating, expand her international vision, and pursue dreams together with her classmates.
The first class of the 2018 freshmen will end up in a happy music. The freshmen will begin to enter the nervous course learning phase next week, and the freshmen will officially sail and chase their dreams!