​Tsinghua News – 2023 in Review

Wang Xiqin conducts meetings at WEF in Davos

Wang Xiqin, president of Tsinghua University, took part in a series of bilateral and multilateral talks with his counterparts from worldwide universities, foreign officials, academics, businesspeople and representatives of international organizations during his attendance at the 2023 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from January 16 to 18.

Wang also held a meeting with alumni of Tsinghua University in Switzerland. He urged them to promote the university's traditions, deepen mutual understanding and cooperation between China and the West and make contributions to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Tsinghua launches "International Joint Mission on Climate Change and Carbon Neutrality"

Tsinghua University held the launch ceremony of the "International Joint Mission on Climate Change and Carbon Neutrality" on Mar 14, demonstrating its commitment to environmental protection. During the event, Tsinghua inaugurated a green-style initiative it sponsored together with 11 well-known multinational corporations, including Hitachi, Toyota, MHI, bp, Rio Tinto, Volkswagen, Microsoft, IHI, Daikin, Apple, and Saudi Aramco. Tu Ruihe, head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) China Office, and Qiu Yong, chairman of Tsinghua University Council, attended the event. The ceremony was hosted by Liu Yiqun, dean of Tsinghua's Research & Development Affairs Office.

Youth Global Communication Forum held at Tsinghua University

The Youth Global Communication Forum, held on March 31st at Tsinghua University in Beijing, brought together government officials, scholars, university faculties, students, and media professionals. Participants addressed the role of Generation Z in international communication and public diplomacy.

The forum focused on empowering Gen Zers in global communication and aimed to discuss strategies for building a more interconnected and prosperous international community by harnessing young people's potential.

Malaysian PM delivers speech at Tsinghua University

Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim visited Tsinghua University on March 31. He was warmly welcomed by Qiu Yong, secretary of the CPC Tsinghua University Committee and chairman of Tsinghua University Council. Anwar addressed the Tsinghua audience with a keynote speech themed "The Asian Century: Peace and Prosperity Connecting the Continent and Beyond”.

Tsinghua establishes National Graduate College for Engineers

Tsinghua University held the inaugural meeting of the National Graduate College for Engineers on April 27. The establishment of the college aims to promote the deep integration of enterprises with vocational schools and universities, cultivate high-level engineering talents with solid and broad basic theories, systematic and in-depth expertise, ability to solve complex engineering technical problems and carry out engineering and technological innovation, as well as engineering ethics and broad international vision.

Tsinghua's largest indoor sports facility unveiled

The inauguration ceremony of the North Gymnasium of Tsinghua University was held in Tsinghua on April 29. The North Gymnasium of Tsinghua University integrates tennis courts, table tennis halls, basketball and volleyball halls, fitness centers, physical training and rehabilitation centers, simulated skiing halls, ice sports centers, fencing halls, squash halls, multi-functional exercise rooms, and climbing walls. It has two floors above ground and two floors underground, with a total indoor area of 38,280 square meters, equivalent to six standard football fields. It is the sum of all indoor sports venues on campus.

Tsinghua celebrates 112th anniversary

Tsinghua University celebrated its 112th anniversary on April 30, hosting alumni from around the world for a weekend of reunions and many festivities. The event featured various exhibitions, performances, and activities organized by different departments of the University. They included concerts, track and field events, and the technological innovation exhibition held in honor of the returning alumni.

Additionally, the 66th "Ma Yuehan Cup" Students Track and Field Sports Meeting took place as part of the anniversary event. Throughout the weekend, Tsinghua's Specimen Museum, Schwarzman College, Laboratories, and Teaching Buildings were open to the public.

The mobile machining robot developed by Tsinghua revolutionizes high-efficiency and high-quality manufacturing of Tianzhou-6

Professor Xin-Jun Liu's Laboratory from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University has been inspired by the working behaviors of creatures. They have proposed a novel in-situ machining mode of “wide-range positioning + local high-accuracy milling” for large-scale complex structures. On the basis, a five-axis parallel machining functional module was invented, and a mobile hybrid machining robot was designed and developed.

In November 2021, the developed technology was applied to Tianzhou-6 cargo spacecraft. The final assembly accuracy of 0.1 mm was achieved without manual repair, and a remarkable efficiency improvement was achieved. In this way, a robot with 10-ton level weight is successfully applied to replace the conventional machining method of “machine tool with 100-ton level weight + manual repair”. The developed robot has become the main equipment for machining of Tianzhou-series cargo spacecraft.

Direct imaging on the galaxy gas recycling 11 billion years ago

A Tsinghua-led team has generated the first complete picture to show how a massive galaxy feeds on its own expelled gases to create new stars.

Using the most powerful optical telescopes on the ground and in space, researchers from China, the United States, Europe, and Japan observed a huge nebula known as MAMMOTH-1, and found that one of its galaxies was drawing in “inspiraling streams” of surrounding gas, as if drinking through spiral-shaped straws.

The team reported in the journal Science on Friday that materials with a mass of up to 800 suns – all of which were blown out of the galaxy through supernova explosions, solar winds and other violent activities – were sucked back into the galaxy every year.

Tsinghua’s Storage Research Group takes honors on World Top 500 List

The Pengcheng Cloudbrain-II storage system, developed jointly by the Department of Computer Science and Technology of Tsinghua University and Pengcheng Laboratory, has secured the top spot on the latest IO500 world ranking announced on May 24 at ISC’23.

The storage system is based on the Pengcheng Cloudbrain-II infrastructure and fully powered by SuperFS, a high-performance file system independently developed by the Storage Research Group of the Department of Computer Science and Technology. It set a new world record in the full-node test with an overall score of over 210,000 points, surpassing the current second place by over 70,000 points.

2023 Carbon Neutrality & Design Innovation Forum Held

The “2023 Carbon Neutrality and Design Innovation Forum” co-hosted by Tsinghua University and Politecnico di Milano (Polimi), co-sponsored by China-Italy Design Innovation Hub, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Institute and Future Laboratory of Tsinghua University, was held on May 26 in Milan. Yang Bin, Vice President of Tsinghua University; Giuliano Noci, Vice-Rector for China, Politecnico di Milano; Corrado Clini, Former Minister, the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea; Yao Liangjun, Science and Education Counselor, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Milano; Arianna Censi, Mobility Councilor, Municipality of Milan; Maria Rosa Azzolina, President of the Italian Institute of Chinese, and other distinguished guests attended the forum. More than 100 students and teachers from Tsinghua University and Polimi participated in the event.

11th World Peace Forum opens in Beijing

The 11th World Peace Forum, organized by Tsinghua University and co-organized by the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, opened in Beijing on Sunday, July 2, 2023. China's Vice President Han Zheng delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony.

The forum took on the theme of "Stabilizing an Unstable World through Consensus and Cooperation." Liu Jianchao, minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), delivered a speech at the lunch meeting.

The forum comprises four major plenary sessions and 20 panel discussions and will touch on topics such as a new world order in the making, the evolution of multilateralism, major-power roles in international security, and regional cooperation in reform.

Tsinghua University wins grand prize in the National Teaching Achievement Award for Higher Education

On July 24, the Ministry of Education announced the list of projects for the 2022 National Teaching Achievement Award. Tsinghua University, as the only independently reporting unit, was honored with the grand prize in the National Teaching Achievement Award for higher education (undergraduate) for its teaching achievement in "Implementing the 'Three-Pronged Approach', Cultivating Mission-Driven and Excellence-Pursuing Innovative Talents”.

Tsinghua won a total of 26 awards in the National Teaching Achievement Award for higher education. These include one grand prize, three first prizes, and 15 second prizes at the undergraduate level, as well as two first prizes and five second prizes at the graduate level. Tsinghua also won two second prizes in basic and vocational education sectors.

Inaugural "Tsinghua Global Youth Dialogue" concludes

On the afternoon of August 30, the inaugural "Tsinghua Global Youth Dialogue" successfully concluded amidst a chorus of Auld Lang Syne. Under the theme of "United Youth, Shared Future," the Dialogue attracted over 60 youth representatives from more than 30 countries and regions worldwide.

The "Tsinghua Global Youth Dialogue" aims to create a platform for global youth to engage in interactions and discussions and to provide them with an opportunity to explore China and discuss global issues together. Parallel dialogues are also held at Astana International University in Kazakhstan and Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia.

Tsinghua Shines at the 19th Asian Games

The curtain fell on the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on October 8, with athletes from various nations having delivered riveting performances that exemplify the spirit of sport.

Six athletes from Tsinghua University and one alumna yielded an impressive medal haul of 5 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze, across four events.

The participating individuals, stemming from various undergraduate classes, showcased not only their athletic prowess, but also the robust sporting culture cultivated within the institution.

Chinese vice president meets Tsinghua University advisors

Chinese Vice President Han Zheng met with representatives of the advisory board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing on Thursday.

Han expressed appreciation for the advisors' longstanding care and efforts in supporting China's economic and educational development.

The advisors, led by Apple CEO Tim Cook, spoke highly of the Chinese government's commitment to reform and opening up and expressed willingness to enhance communication with China, increase investment in China and cooperation in areas including science, technology and new energy, carry out more academic exchanges, and contribute to Chinese modernization.

Tsinghua Schwarzman College hosts 10th anniversary meeting

Schwarzman College of Tsinghua University hosted its 10th anniversary meeting on October 19.

Tsinghua President Wang Xiqin, and Stephen A. Schwarzman, founder of Schwarzman Scholars and chairman of the Blackstone Group, delivered speeches at the event. Tsinghua Vice Presidents Yang Bin and Wang Hongwei were also in attendance.

Schwarzman Scholars is a significant initiative of Tsinghua University's centennial strategy, aiming to cultivate future leaders with a global perspective who are dedicated to advancing human civilization. To date, Schwarzman College has trained nearly 1,000 students from over 80 countries and regions since its inception in April 2013.

Tsinghua hosts international academic forum on ‘Paleography and Chinese Civilization’

The first International Academic Forum on "Paleography and Chinese Civilization" commenced on the morning of October 21st in Tsinghua University's main building. The opening ceremony attracted more than 120 scholars and experts from over 40 universities and research institutes spanning across 13 countries including China, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, and Germany, among other countries.

The forum thoroughly explored the nature of early Chinese writing systems, including oracle bone inscriptions, bronze inscriptions, bamboo and silk manuscripts, and more, and promote and preserve China's rich traditional culture while fostering exchange and mutual learning between Chinese civilization and global civilizations.

Tsinghua Professor Xue Qikun awarded Oliver E. Buckley Prize

On October 24, the American Physical Society announced that Xue Qikun, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, professor at Tsinghua University, and president of the Southern University of Science and Technology, has been awarded this year's Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize. Since the award was first granted in 1953, this is the first time that the prize has been awarded to a physicist of Chinese nationality.

The prize is recognized as the highest award in condensed matter physics, and is intended to honor scientists who have made outstanding contributions in this field.

Xue and Harvard University Professor Ashvin Vishwanath were awarded for their "groundbreaking theoretical and experimental studies on the collective electronic properties of materials that reflect topological aspects of their band structure."

2023 Tsinghua Higher Education Forum explores higher education for sustainable development

The morning of October 28 saw the 2023 Tsinghua Higher Education Forum initiated by Tsinghua University in Beijing, themed by “Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Global Perspectives and Practices”.

During the two-day Forum, experts and scholars at home and abroad focused on ideas and paradigms of sustainable development in higher education, construction and responsibilities of world-class universities, innovation and development in engineering education, and sustainable development education and practices.

Tsinghua excels in 18th "Challenge Cup"

On Oct 30, the 18th "Challenge Cup" National College Student Extracurricular Academic and Technological Works Competition concluded at Guizhou University. The team from Tsinghua University achieved a remarkable feat with six projects in the finals, winning three top prizes, two first prizes, and one second prize. In the special "Leaderboard Challenge" competition, one project claimed the "Champion" title, two projects secured first prizes, and another project earned third prize. For their outstanding performance, Tsinghua University was honored with the "Excellence Cup".

3rd World Health Forum advances pandemic preparedness

On November 4th, the 3rd World Health Forum commenced in Beijing, organized by Tsinghua University and co-hosted by Tsinghua Vanke School of Public Health (VSPH) and Tsinghua Institute for Healthy China. The Forum, themed "Preparing the World for the Next Pandemic," attracted prominent scholars, international organization leaders, non-governmental organization heads, global experts, and industry leaders from various corners of the world. They gathered to draw lessons from past pandemics, enhance international and domestic public health systems, and provide robust technological support for future global health.

Tsinghua Vanke School of Public Health (VSPH) International Advisory Board (IAB) 2023 Meeting was convened at Tsinghua University on November 3rd.

Modern Governance Forum held

The Modern Governance Forum, sponsored by Tsinghua University and the Chinese Public Administration Society and organized by the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University (Tsinghua SPPM), was held at Tsinghua University on the evening of November 11.

The forum is one of the series of events for the 2022 Tsinghua SPPM Global Advisory Board (GAB) Meeting, with the theme "Modernization and Global Public Governance."

China launches ultra-high-speed next-generation Internet backbone

BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- China has launched the world's first ultra-high-speed next-generation Internet backbone with a bandwidth of 1,200G bits per second (1.2T), according to a press conference held at the Tsinghua University in Beijing on Monday.

The ultra-high-speed next-generation Internet backbone, jointly developed by the Tsinghua University, China Mobile, HUAWEI and CERNET.com Corporation, boasts a total transmission network spanning more than 3,000 kilometers linking the three cities of Beijing, Wuhan and Guangzhou.

The FITI backbone is a major technological achievement of the national Future Internet Technology Infrastructure (FITI) project. Since its trial operation on July 31 this year, the FITI backbone has running stably and reliably, successfully passing various tests.

2023 Global Youth Climate Week to advance youth-led climate action

The 2023 Global Youth Climate Week was launched on November 20th, marking the commencement of a five-day spectacular journey led by young people worldwide dedicated to advancing global climate action.

The Global Youth Climate Week Launching Ceremony was organized by the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC) at Tsinghua University. Scheduled a week ahead of each COP, this international mechanism calls on global youth to pool their climate actions to facilitate progress in global climate governance and the success of each UN Climate Change Conference. The ceremony also featured the 2023 Global Youth Summit on Net-zero Future, co-hosted by GAUC and UNESCO.

Uruguayan president visits Tsinghua

On November 21, Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou visited Tsinghua University and delivered a speech. Tsinghua University President Wang Xiqin met with President Lacalle later the same day.

In his speech, President Lacalle expressed his delight in visiting Tsinghua University and interacting with young students. He pointed out that the bilateral relations between Uruguay and China have developed very smoothly, with the relationship founded on solid mutual understanding and trust. President Lacalle remarked that young people carry the significant responsibility of leading humanity towards a better future while also protecting our planet and environment. The concepts of green development and sustainable development are increasingly accepted among young people, and our world requires more cooperation.

Tsinghua Professor Zhang Qiang awarded Young Scientist SDGs Award at 2023 WYSS

Professor Zhang Qiang from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tsinghua University was recently honored with the inaugural Young Scientist SDGs Award. This award recognizes young scientists who have made innovative contributions to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Zhang was selected from 80 nominees across 35 countries and regions for his groundbreaking work in lithium bond chemistry and electrochemical energy storage, contributing significantly to the development and application of advanced energy materials. His research supports clean, safe, and cost-effective energy solutions, promoting sustainable development at both global and local scales. Three young talents from around the world, including Zhang, were awarded.

Tsinghua professors and alumni selected as academicians

As China's two elite science and technology institutes, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) announced their results in the biennial selection of new academicians, with six professors and five alumni of Tsinghua University being granted the highest academic title in the country. Two alumni were enlisted foreign academicians.

Chinese HTR-PM Demo begins commercial operation

Following a 168-hour demonstration run, HTR-PM (High Temperature gas-cooled Reactor Pebble-bed Module) Demo in Shidao Bay, Shandong Province of China, the world’s first modular high temperature gas-cooled reactor nuclear power plant, entered commercial operation on December 6, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has announced.

The HTR-PM Demo project is a collaborative effort of Tsinghua University as a technical leader, responsible for R&D and main components and systems design, China Huaneng Group Co. as the owner and operator of the plant, and China National Nuclear Co. (CNNC) as the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor and the fuel manufacturer. Professor Zhang Zuoyi, the director of Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology (INET), Tsinghua University, is the chief scientist and chief engineer of the project.

Report on the Communist Party of China and the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation delivered at Tsinghua

Xie Chuntao, vice president of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee (National Academy of Governance), delivered a report titled "The Communist Party of China and the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation" at the New Tsinghua Auditorium on December 10. Qiu Yong, secretary of the CPC Tsinghua University Committee, delivered a speech. Wang Xiqin, Tsinghua president and deputy secretary of the CPC Tsinghua University Committee and other university leaders attended the report meeting. Party members from across the University attended the report meeting in the main venue and branch venues.

The Tsinghua University Warring States Bamboo Manuscripts 13 Book Launch held in Beijing

The Book Launch for The Tsinghua University Warring States Bamboo Manuscripts 13 清华大学藏战国竹简(拾叁) (Volume 13) was held on December 10th at the Meng Minwei Humanities Building, Tsinghua University. The event was attended by over 100 scholars and experts from Tsinghua and academic institutions across China. In addition, the event was broadcasted globally in collaboration with XuetangX, and attracted renown international and Chinese scholars with more than 1,400,000 views online.

Today, 13 volumes of organized reports on the Tsinghua Bamboo Manuscripts, in the collection of Tsinghua University since 2008, have been successfully published under the leadership of Mr. Li Xueqin and Mr. Huang Dekuan.

Global MOOC and Online Education Conference 2023 held in Italy

Under the theme "Reconstruction of Future Universities and Education Driven by Artificial Intelligence," the 2023 Global MOOC and Online Education Conference was convened in Milan. This event, jointly hosted by the Global MOOC and Online Education Alliance and the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education and co-organized by Tsinghua University and Politecnico di Milano, brought together a distinguished gathering of experts and policymakers from over 20 countries, including China, Italy, the United States, Australia, France, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Chile, Indonesia, Thailand, and more. The conference focused on exploring the expanding influence of Artificial Intelligence in transforming higher education landscapes globally.

Professor Li Luming appointed Tsinghua University President

Professor Li Luming was appointed President of Tsinghua University and Deputy Secretary of the CPC Tsinghua University Committee on December 22, with approval from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Wang Xiqin will no longer serve as Tsinghua University President.

Professor Li Luming was born in February 1968. He is a Doctor of Engineering, a member of the Communist Party of China, and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has previously served as Vice President of Tsinghua University.

Editors: Jasmine, Li Han

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