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The Commencement for Class of 2020 Was Held


On the morning of May 30, Beijing time, the Commencement for Class of 2020, the first cohort students of Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Joint Institute(short for ZJUI)  was held in the International Campus of Zhejiang University.

Prof. WU Zhaohui, President of Zhejiang University, and Prof. Robert J. Jones, Chancellor of UIUC attended the ceremony and gave address to attenders on site and online. Prof. YANG Wei, Chairman of ZJUI International Advisory Board, delivered a keynote speech. Prof. HE Lianzhen, Vice President of Zhejiang University and Dean of International Campus, Prof. Andreas Cangellaris, Vice Chancellor and Provost of UIUC, and Prof. YANG Huayong, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering also attended the ceremony. Prof. Wei Shyy, President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Mr. CHEN Hang, the alumnus of Zhejiang University and UIUC, delivered online speeches. CHEN Haonan, the representative student of class 2020, shared his four-year learning experience and feelings on the spot.

Prof. WU Zhaohui congratulated ZJUI first cohort of students on successfully obtaining UIUC degree. He pointed out that every student here has witnessed the mutual progress of Zhejiang University and UIUC, participated in the start-up and vigorous development of ZJUI, and carried the mission and expectation of the institute. He expressed best wishes for the students with the new identity as UIUC graduate. Students were encouraged to change the world with broad knowledge, present charming demeanor of young generation in the globalization of education, lead the era with outstanding ability, contribute to the globalization of innovation with youth force, serve the society with comprehensive quality, show striving images in the development of globalization, create the future with a sound personality and realize the value of life in the governance of globalization. Graduate students are expected to actively lead a new round evolution of globalization, strive to be the bridge of education cooperation, innovation linkage, mission sharing and cultural interaction, earn a brilliant life in the future world of rapid changes.

Prof. Robert J. Jones congratulated the students successfully completed degree through video connection. He commented that cooperation between two universities is not only a strong combination of higher education and engineering, but also a key to promote technology innovation and social progress. The first cohort of graduates from ZJUI is a remarkable success of joint cultivation from both sides. Students will represent the consistency of glorious tradition and excellence of both schools, become bold innovators, and change the world with their own efforts while keep learning.

Prof. YANG Wei also gave a speech and praised ZJUI for the establishment of highly independent operating system and management framework, and also the integration of first-class engineering education resources from ZJU and UIUC. Unique characteristics of cross convergence have been formed by this cooperation. Students are supposed to keep making groundbreaking efforts, showing their humanistic care and responsibility in future life.

The Commencement was held with the witnesses of guests from two universities. After the announcement of graduate list, the students went to the rostrum in turn. Prof. HE Lianzhen He,together with Prof. FU Qiang, Vice Dean of International Campus,  granted the certificate on behalf of UIUC. Prof. Robert J. Jones broadcasted the recorded video from Prof. Timothy Killen, Chancellor of the University of Illinois, and awarded the UIUC degree to the first cohort of ZJUI students. Prof. LI Erping, Dean of ZJUI, presided over the ceremony.

28  graduates of ZJUI, coming from eight provinces in China,  major in computer engineering and electrical engineering respectively. After receiving degree from UIUC, they will also receive degree from Zhejiang University in June. ZJUI is a non-independent Chinese-foreign cooperative institute established by Zhejiang University and UIUC. It was approved by the Ministry of Education in February, 2016. It introduces the  education system and teaching resources of top programs from UIUC Engineering College, and integrates traditional advantages of corresponding departments of Zhejiang University. There are four undergraduate programs: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering. The undergraduate who meets the degree requirements of both universities will obtain bachelor degrees from Zhejiang University and UIUC.

The Commencement took the form of live broadcast. Department Heads of Zhejiang University and UIUC, ZJUI faculty, staff and parents of students of class 2020 attended the ceremony as well.

Article  |  KE Yinegn

Photo  | LU Shaoqing

Translator | CHANG Long

Editor | ZHU Xinran