Message from President

2022 New Year Address

Walk with a Firm Step and Welcome a New Start for Excellence

Dear faculty and staff members, students, alumni at home and abroad:

Time flies. In the warm atmosphere of all teachers and students working together to strive to be first-class and preparing for the celebration of the 120th anniversary of Shanxi University, we are about to bid farewell to the extraordinary year of 2021 and usher in the hopeful year of 2022.

At this wonderful moment, on behalf of the university, I would like to extend my best wishes for the new year to all the teachers, students and staff members. I would like to extend cordial greetings to all the retired senior comrades of the school. I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks and best wishes to all the alumni and people from all walks of life at home and abroad who have shown concern and support for the development of Shanxi University.

In the past year, we advanced with the times in carrying out in-depth study and education of the Party history, and solemnly celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the great Communist Party of China. Lin Wu, Secretary of Shanxi Provincial Party Committee, visited our school twice to give ideological and political lectures. He revisited the century-old history of the Party with the teachers and students, studied the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important speech on July 1st and the spirit of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and encouraged young students to strengthen their historical initiative, bravely shoulder the important responsibilities of the times, and write a glorious chapter of youth. In the past year, more than 50 teachers and students of Shanxi University participated in the performance of the large-scale situational epic “Great Journey”, 188 comrades were awarded the memorial medals for “50-year Party Membership”, and academician Peng Kunchi was awarded the honorable title of “National Outstanding Communist Party Member”. The great Party-founding spirit has greatly inspired the whole university along with the whole nation to forge ahead in the new era.

Over the past year, all our teachers and students have worked hard and striven forward with firmness, promoting the school to a new level of development. We convened the fifth session of the Congress of Party Representatives of the university and completed the 14th Five-Year Plan, thus drawing up the blueprint for the development of Shanxi University in the next five years. Philosophy and physics continued to take the lead, and the construction of preponderant and characteristic disciplines including computer science, environmental science and engineering, archaeology etc. scored notable achievements. Four disciplines, namely physics, computer science, botany and zoology, and agricultural science, stepped into the top 1% of ESI worldwide, which brought the number of the university’s disciplines included in ESI to 8. Talent team construction was further strengthened, with 10 new national-level talents selected and 13 new high-level talents introduced. We also adhered to the basic mission of fostering virtuous talents through education. 13 new national first-class specialty construction sites were added. Physics was approved as the first 2.0 base of the Ministry of Education for training top-notch students for basic disciplines in Shanxi Province and selected into the 2021 “Talent Program” of the Ministry of Education. The teacher team of philosophy of science and technology was selected into the second batch of National University Teacher Team with Huang Danian’s Qualities. Our university also won nearly 40 national awards such as the first prize of the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge final, and the school supercomputer team broken the world record for computing performance.

Over the past year, adhering to the Four Orientations, that is, orienting towards the frontiers of world science and technology, the main fields of economic development, the major national demand, and people’s health and safety, we have developed large platforms, formed great teams and undertaken major projects. Professor Zhang Jing’s team won the second prize of the National Award for Natural Sciences and Professor Cheng Fangqin’s team won the second prize of the National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology. The ground-based gravitational wave detection large-scale scientific facility project led by our school was put into construction, the project of carbon-based thin film electronic research institute we participated in made key progress, and the National Supercomputing Center (Taiyuan) was put into operation. A number of high-level innovation platforms for science and education were officially launched, including the Yellow River Laboratory, the Shanxi Key Laboratory of Synthetic Biology, the Institute of Rural Revitalization, the Shanxi Finance Research Institute, and the Shanxi Institute of Public Complaints and Proposals and Social Governance. Three major projects of the National Social Science Foundation and four projects of the National Key Research and Development Program were approved. Deepening the university’s cooperation with other units province-wide, we signed contracts with 7 counties to build “12 major bases” and more than a dozen industrial technology research institutes were built jointly with key provincial state-owned enterprises. The Science Park of Shanxi University became a national university-based science and technology park. Shanxi University's initial innovation capability and scientific research transformation capability have been significantly enhanced.

In the past year, the much-anticipated Dongshan Campus was put into operation, and five schools, including the School of Politics and Public Administration, the School of Law, the School of Economics and Management, the School of Life Sciences and the School of Environment and Resources, were relocated there. During the summer vacation, different departments of the university and the students and teachers of those schools sacrificed their holiday breaks, worked overtime and completed the relocation on time. They were not afraid of tiredness and hardships. Their busy figures running about under the lights of late nights were very touching. In the past year, we further pushed forward the maintenance and renovation o the old campus, completed the road renovation of the Wucheng Campus, built the new school history museum, put into use the extensions of the affiliated primary school and kindergarten, basically completed the renovation of the old dependents’ areas of the school, and officially completed the reconstruction project of the south playground whose fresh ocean blue has become a beautiful scenery line of the campus. We have deepened the reform of post setting and performance reform by integrating post setting, employment and performance distribution. We also carried out three mass vaccinations in an orderly manner, and the teachers and students were active in building a solid defense line for regular epidemic prevention and control. We all firmly believe that the haze will be lifted and spring will not be far away.

In the past year, we worked together along the way and witnessed wonderful and unforgettable moments one after another. We achieved remarkable achievements, which have condensed the hard work of the teachers and students of the whole university, and fully demonstrated their epochal spirit in standing firmly on the ground and pursuing excellence.

Looking back on the past is to move forward better. Facing the first dawn of the New Year, we are about to embark on a new journey of high-quality rise. Standing at a new historical starting point, under the strong leadership of the Ministry of Education, the provincial party committee and the provincial government, we will seize every strategic opportunity conducive to development, and follow the “1123” development ideas (namely “one main line”, “one goal”, “two major concepts”, and “three major tasks”) set by the university’s fifth party congress. We will closely focus on the main line of “high-quality rise” and firmly stick to the goal of “building a high-level comprehensive research university among the ranks of China’s outstanding and well-known universities”. We will concentrate our efforts on the two concepts of providing good education and conducting useful academics. We will continue to create a vibrant academic and cultural atmosphere, deeply integrate into the regional innovation system, and improve the trust-based governance system of modern universities, thus writing a new chapter for the high-quality rise of Shanxi University.

After 120 years of nurturing talents, we are now reaping great harvests. On May 8, 2022, our university will celebrate its 120th anniversary. We will hold a series of celebration activities to review the history of 120 years and summarize the development experience so as to carry forward the spirit of Shanxi University, gather the strength of all walks of life, and promote the career of the university to a new level. We sincerely invite all the alumni and people from all walks of life at home and abroad to attend the celebration, share the development blueprint, and join hands to create a better future for Shanxi University!

Walk with a firm step and welcome a new start for excellence. Let all of us in Shanxi University set sail with full enthusiasm and march forward towards the goal of “building a high-level comprehensive research university among the ranks of outstanding and well-known universities in China”. Let all of us in Shanxi University make new and greater contributions to offering good education that can meet the needs of the people and building China into a leading country in higher education. We will celebrate the 120th anniversary of the university with excellent achievements and welcome the convening of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China!

I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!

Huang Guitian

President of Shanxi University

December 31st, 2021