After nearly 8 weeks of summer quiet, SWJTU awoke again as the Class of 2016 officially arrived on campus this august.
SWJTU President Xu Fei, Vice Chairman Chen Zhijian and Vice President Feng Xiaoyun conducted their traditional walk around the campus to greet the newcomers, along with their parents and the occasional sibling, as students carried cartons, pulled suitcases, and lugged small appliances into dorm rooms. Teams of peer advisers and college staff were quick to provide assistance.
The freshmen welcome ceremony is an annual event specially organized by SWJTU to officially welcome all freshmen. This is an important rite of passage for freshmen to be inducted into the university. A total of 6479 freshmen, CAS and CAE Academicians, university leaderships and administrators attended the grand event on August 26.
President Xu Fei delivered a speech The Third Grow-up, saying that there are three significant stages throughout one’s first half lifetime. The first stage refers to the teenager life, during which we are curious to explore the world; the second one is at the early time of one’s youth, so crucial so that we become increasing sensitive to our emotions while learning to how to hand with them; in the third one, we enable us to think independently and self-motivated to struggle for our goal.
Xu applied several key words to encourage the newcomers to be the Five-with SWJTU students: self-motivated iteration and improvement, and active restraint.
Professor Yi Sirong from the School of Civil Engineering spoke as the teachers’ representative. She introduced the enormous contribution made by SWJTU for China’s rail transit development, and the status quo of rail transit industry across the world. By urging the freshmen to learn more from the outstanding alumni, Yi highlighted the significance of patriotism, the passion for work and the courage of innovation.
Chinese students representative Zhao Chengyong and international students representative Miracle shared their understanding of university life with the participants.
Wang Shunhong, the Chairman of SWJTU, gave the audiences a glimpse into the university’s profound history and its historical responsibility. He stressed that both the students and university staff should make full use of the gold opportunity of development and commit to the “Revival of the University”.