Tsinghua holds inauguration ceremony for new SEM buildings

The inauguration ceremony for the School of Economics and Management (SEM) New Buildings, Tsinghua University, was held on April 24, 2021.

Zhu Rongji, former Chinese Premier and the founding Dean of Tsinghua SEM sent a congratulatory letter. He hoped the new buildings would facilitate a group of world-class faculty and the best education system for an economics and management school in order to train more outstanding talents for China.

Tsinghua University President Qiu Yong said that Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Tsinghua University and delivered an important speech on April 19. Xi’s visit and his important speech set the direction for the future development of Tsinghua.

Qiu expressed the hope that the School of Economics and Management would have more in-depth thinking and exploration in terms of educational investment, educational methods, and reform and innovation in the days to come.“We should nurture more experts, who could speed up the cultivation of talents,” he said.

Qiu mentioned that the essence of a university included opening up, pursuing innovation, shouldering social responsibilities, serving sustainable development, and creating new ideas. He also urged SEM to increase foreign exchanges and cooperation further, and advance the university’s global strategy to reach greater heights.

Chen Jianhua, President and Chairman of the Hengli Group, said he was proud to participate in the project. He looked forward to working with more entrepreneurs of the Tsinghua community to monitor its development and support Tsinghua in its effort to become a leading world-class university.

Li Hua, Chairman of the Board of Excellence Group, said it was his responsibility to contribute to the school. “I hope that the new buildings will serve the faculty, promote the further integration of industry, academia and research, meet comprehensive challenges, boost international cooperation and encourage innovation,” he said.

According to Chen Zhenghua, President of the Jiangsu Provincial Construction Group, the new buildings had applied the BIM + Smart Construction Site system and had followed the standard of the China Construction Engineering Luban Prize from the start to finish.

Bai Chong-en, Dean of SEM, introduced the design concept of the buildings. “The idea of a “bridge of knowledge” is meant to connect, balance and integrate. We will connect the infrastructure with pedestrians’ flow lines, a green belt axis, vehicle network, and visual pathways. The uniqueness of the buildings will balance existing campus planning. The location represents the junction of three historical phases of the school. They stand as a milestone for SEM. We will remain true to our original aspiration and keep our mission firmly in mind. We will continue to foster virtue through education and take serving the country as our highest expectation. We will take advancing the progress of human civilization as our vital goal,” he said.

Tsinghua University Vice Presidents Ji Junmin and Yang Bin, and former Deans of SEM Zhao Chun Jun and Qian Yingyi, attended the ceremony with SEM alumni from home and abroad. The ceremony was broadcast live online.

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