From Leicester International Institute
Recently, Leicester International Institute, Dalian University of Technology (DLI) holds the opening ceremony to welcome the cohort of 2021.Sarah Davies, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Science and Engineering of University of Leicester (UoL), Guo Jinming, Assistant President of Dalian University of Technology (DUT), Zhan Jingjing and Pan Jingzhe, Deans of DLI attended the ceremony. Besides, other UoL and DLI faculty member representatives, student representatives also attended.
The ceremony started with a wonderful performance of the instrumental group. After allthe teachers and students sang the National Anthem of People's Republic of China，the opening ceremony officially began.
On behalf of UoL, Sarah Davies extended a warm welcome to the freshmen of the 2021 Class. She briefly talked about the development history of UoL and the advantages of cooperating teaching of China and the UK, and encouraged the new students to go higher and further with the cooperating teaching of China and UK platform. She suggested that the two universities are committed to fostering excellent international talents and providing an international learning model for DLI students, which will provide a unique educational background and greater competitiveness in the international arena.
Guo Jinming recognized the outstanding achievements that DLI has gained since its establishment 4 years ago. He encouraged students to cultivate their dreams and passion, broaden their vision and form an innovative way of thinking. He stressed that students should shoulder the responsibility of achieving national rejuvenation, develop cultural confidence, pass on the national spirit, seize the day and live it to the fullest to meet ardent expectations from the party and the people.
Zhan Jingjing gave a comprehensive introduction of DLI and its performance in the first operating period. As he pointed out, the Institute attaches great importance to the construction of an academic atmosphere, having built up a sound incentive system and a strict educational review mechanism. The admission rate of its first graduates reached over 80%. 60% of the graduates chose to further their study abroad, with 80% of them being admitted to world-famous universities such as the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of London and the University of Edinburgh. 20% of the graduates would continue their study domestically in universities listed in the World First-Class University Project, such as Tsinghua University, Peking University and Zhejiang University. Zhan encouraged freshmen to work steadily to accomplish their goals with a practical approach and make unique contributions to the Institute’s further development.
Zou Guangyu, as a teacher representative, extended his warmest welcome and best wishes to the class of 2021. He reminded students of the three factors of success: confidence, perseverance and real practice. He hoped that freshmen could embrace success and realize their dreams through unremitting efforts.
Wang Daohan, the representative of DLI students, shared the great news that she had received the admission qualification of the graduate student of the Peking University Health Science Center. She encouraged the freshmen of DUT to make up a precise study plan, study hard and practice faithfully. Then strive to become a student of DUT who makes himself, his family, the Institute and even DUT proud four years later.
Wang Ruiqi, the representative of freshmen, proposed that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the UoL. As 2021 freshmen, students should be determined to spend more effort on the study, taking building the motherland as their own responsibility. Not only take the pioneers as the goal but also take the senior apprentices’ excellent characteristics as an example to write a gorgeous chapter of youth at DLI.
Nowadays we have gathered to " Leicester " to wave pen and splash ink, tomorrow we will gallop dance in the universe. Wish the 2021 freshmen of DLI have the ambition and faith to climb the “mountain”, rely on the spirit of DUT and UoL, uphold their original intention and firm ideals, and finally become internationalized talents who adhering to the principle of "become more international and more patriotic".
Editor: Li Xiang