Published: May 25, 2012
Nanjing University celebrated its 110th anniversary on May 20.
Top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao, and other state and Communist Party leaders including Hui Liangyu, Liu Yandong, Li Yuanchao, Han Qide, Chen Zhili and Jiang Shusheng have handwritten inscriptions or sent congratulatory letters to the celebration. Canada`s Governor General David Johnston, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung also sent congratulatory messages.
Chen Zhili, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People`s Congress and President of the All-China Women`s Federation, Luo Zhijun, Secretary of the CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee, Li Xueyong, Governor of Jiangsu Provincial People`s Government, Liang Baohua, Vice Chairman of the Finance and Economics Commission of the National People`s Congress, Zhang Lianzhen, Chairperson of the CPPCC Jiangsu Provincial Committee, and Hao Ping, Vice-Minister of Education attended the celebration held at the University`s Xianlin Campus, together with upwards of 4000 distinguished guests from home and abroad and NJU faculty and students.
The celebration was presided over by Prof. Hong Yinxing, Chancellor of Nanjing University.
The celebration began with the raising of the Five Star Red Flag designed by Zeng Liansong, a former student of Nanjing University, 60 years ago.
Prof. Chen Jun, President of Nanjing University, delivered a speech during the celebration. In his speech, Prof. Chen Jun recalled the historical traditions and educational achievements of Nanjing University and talked about how to build a world-class university.
"The rapid economic growth brings opportunities to the development of higher education as well as some impetuous behaviors and a tendency to desire quick returns. It is time to return to follow the rules of university, hold on to the foundation of university and rebuild the soul of university," President Chen said.
Chancellor Hong Yinxing announced the Decision on Awarding Prizes for Outstanding Contribution to Nanjing University.
Vice Chairperson Chen Zhili presented awards to first prize winners of the State Natural Science Award.
Secretary Luo Zhijun spoke at the convention.
Vice Minister Hao Ping addressed the meeting.
Tsinghua University President Chen Jining and Freiburg University President Hans-Johen Schiewer presented congratulations as representatives from domestic and foreign universities.
NJU alumni of different ages then presented congratulations and extended best wishes to their alma mater.
Governor of Jiangsu Provincial People`s Government Li Xueyong and former President of Nanjing University Qu Qinyue unveiled the stamp to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Nanjing University.
The celebration concluded with the Nanjing University Anthem sung by all the attendees together.