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The 110th Anniversary "University · Open" forum was held

On the evening of April 12, the voice of "opening up" from Tsinghua teachers and students echoed in the new Tsinghua Academy. The "University•Open" forum officially kicked off the "University Series Forum" for the 110th anniversary of Tsinghua University. The forum is simultaneously broadcast live globally, showing the remarkable achievements of the open schools in all aspects.


From 1911 to 2021, Tsinghua has been serving the country and the world with an open and confident attitude. The world is further feeling the temperature of Tsinghua University. Today, more than 300 foreign experts have been working and living in the school for a long time. They are both contributors and witnesses to the opening up of Tsinghua University. International scholars and students have also become the landscape of Tsinghua Park.


Six teachers and students from Tsinghua University came to the forum and talked about their thoughts and experiences about the opening up of the school, which opened up a more open picture of Tsinghua's internationalization. Let us revisit the on-site speeches at the forum and listen to their stories with Tsinghua Park.


Li Jinliang: A Metasequoia and Tsinghua University Open to the World



Metasequoia glyptostroboides is a unique tree species in China, meaning that it originated from China and developed into the world. Looking back on the course of Tsinghua University's opening up of schools, I have to mention a metasequoia sapling that thrives across the ocean.


In 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a special trip to visit the staff of the School of Global Innovation at Tsinghua University during his visit to the United States and presented this metasequoia seedling as a gift. As the first teaching and research innovation base opened by a Chinese university in the United States, the graduate students of the Global Innovation Institute have graduated for three sessions. They work and develop in many parts of the world, and thrive like water saplings.


The establishment and development of the Global Innovation Institute is just a microcosm of Tsinghua's international education. Professor Li Jinliang, Director of the International Office of Tsinghua University, said in his speech, “Tsinghua has been internationalized since its establishment. The school has always been adhering to the tradition of open education, facing the world, and making progress.”


Opening up is the requirement of national development and the direction of higher education reform. In 2016, the school formulated the first "Global Strategy", which clarified the three tasks of school development in the new era. Focus on cultivating top-notch innovative talents with "global competence"; earnestly research to serve the country and the world; comprehensively improve international schooling Competence and global influence.


50 countries, 293 universities, nearly 20 strategic scientific research cooperation agreements, more than 160 joint seed fund projects... Tsinghua has partnered with outstanding universities, research institutions, and international organizations from all over the world to establish cooperative and exchange relations and improve.


The global layout of innovative talent training bases and overseas teaching and research bases have built a university alliance and a global partnership system, which has enhanced global influence. The Sino-British Higher Education Humanities Alliance, the Asian University Alliance, the World University Climate Change Alliance, and the World MOOC Alliance initiated and established by Tsinghua have united international partners.


The blueprint for Tsinghua’s overseas bases represented by the Sino-Italian Design Innovation Base has also gradually emerged and become Tsinghua's influence radiates to farther space fulcrums. A multi-level and multi-dimensional global partnership system has taken shape, providing a solid foundation for open education.


"Along with the green hills, bear the wind and rain together." In the post-epidemic era, international exchanges and cooperation among universities should play a more active role, and Tsinghua has demonstrated social responsibility with practical actions. Co-sponsored the Global University Special Dialogue with UNESCO, and co-hosted the Sino-US University Presidents Forum with Yale University. In the process of building a community with a shared future for mankind, Tsinghua has always been committed to contributing Chinese wisdom and strength.


"What are the new requirements for talent training in the new era?" Faced with the core problem of talent training, the school's global competence is the plan given by Tsinghua University."Global competence is not only the cultivation of ability and the transmission of knowledge but more importantly, the shaping of value." Li Jinliang said. Through overseas exchanges of learning, research, and practice. Tsinghua University has integrated the concept of global competence and literacy into all courses and the whole process of education in silence.


The range a person walks in his world. 2011 to 2019. The number of students sent by Tsinghua to study abroad has nearly tripled to 8,771; before the epidemic, about half of undergraduates had overseas study experience during their studies, and the proportion of doctoral students exceeded 60%.


Ore than 200 students have gone to the United Nations headquarters for development plans More than 50 international organizations, including UNEP, UNEP, and the World Food Program, have interned or held positions. First-class universities should also attract outstanding young people from all over the world and cultivate outstanding international students. Between 2011 and 2020, the number of international graduate students has nearly doubled. And the number of international doctoral students has increased by 1.5 times. The quantity and quality of English-taught courses for graduate and undergraduate students have been significantly improved. Australian doctoral student Skate is a representative of outstanding international students cultivated by the more open Tsinghua Park. During her Ph.D. study at Tsinghua University. She not only used her professional knowledge to propose effective solutions in the Shanxi Drinking Water Arsenic Removal Public Welfare Project, but she also built a bridge of communication between Chinese and Australian youths. And became the ten recipients of the Tsinghua University Postgraduate Special Scholarship. After graduation, Skate returned to his motherland and worked as an environmental engineer in Sydney.


Wandering through the long history of Tsinghua's international exchanges and cooperation, the image of a more open university has become clearer. As Li Jinliang said, "The development of Tsinghua University is a silhouette of the development of higher education in China. In the new era, the key to taking root in China to run world-class universities is to enhance the ability to run schools internationally."


Stella & Baltek: The world is big, but we choose to take root in Tsinghua



To the chief researcher of Tsinghua University’s Brain and Intelligence Laboratory and associate professor of Tsinghua University’s Department of Psychology, Stella Christie, and Tsinghua University Institute of Advanced Studies researcher Bartek Czech (Bartek Czech).


An open Tsinghua Park It is not their transit point, but their beautiful home to realize their scientific ideas and give back to society. The fate with Tsinghua began with the love of Chinese culture. Stella from Indonesia and Baltek from Poland met at Harvard. Out of interest and curiosity about China.


They took the initiative to minor in the earliest Chinese classes offered by Harvard every morning to explore the wonderful language of Chinese together, and they were gradually attracted by Chinese culture. Since then, a seed of longing has been planted in their hearts.



After graduation, they worked in many colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, etc., rushing around for a long time. The two who want to get married are eager to find a home where they love and struggle together.


Fortunately, Tsinghua has issued invitations to them. Knowing that the place they yearn for is about to become a home for work and life in the future, Stella and Baltek embarked on a journey to Beijing without hesitation.


They became a member of the Tsinghua family and owned a small family. They lived happy lives, and their words and deeds gradually reflected the brand of Tsinghua. "Many people say that our four-year-old son has a Beijing accent," Bartek said with a smile.



In their eyes, the ideal homeland allows them to continue to engage in the work they love, make the greatest contribution to the community and the world in which they live, and discuss and cooperate with the most energetic students and the most intelligent colleagues.


Bartek, who was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, set his sights on China very early. "I have seen it at that time, and the future of science lies in China." He also shared China's successful experience in actively responding to the epidemic prevention and control in the top journal "Physics".


What impressed Stella most was the deep and strong connection between Tsinghua and the public. She believes that staying at Tsinghua University will help make long-term future planning, and bear more fruit in academic research and social contribution. She has worked step by step in the field of scientific research she loves, in-depth research on psychology in Chinese families, and an academic monograph on child-friendly urban planning is also brewing.


In addition to their respective fields, the couple also used their advantages as international scholars to establish a Chinese-English bilingual research group in Tsinghua to encourage students to participate in international conferences and exchanges, and help them integrate into the broader global community.


"We will do our best for Tsinghua University, just as everyone will do our best for their own home. For us, Tsinghua is our home." Stella said emotionally. They believe that in the future, they can rely on their love of scientific research to make more contributions to Tsinghua and society. And Tsinghua, which is more international and more open, will have more overseas scholars like them rooted here, continuing to write beautiful stories about the research in the garden.


Baomago: Openness leads to excellence



In 2000, Michael Powers, Professor of Zurich Insurance Group at the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University, came to Tsinghua Park for the first time. After a long talk with Professor Chen Bingzheng of the School of Economics and Management, the idea of teaching at Tsinghua began to haunt him. Since then, Baumigao has been looking for opportunities to come to Tsinghua for exchange visits. "I finally realized my dream in 2011," he said. "The moment of thought is one of the best choices I have made in my life."


In the eyes of Bao Maigao, Tsinghua has the best and most energetic young people in the world. As a world-class university facing the world, the open Tsinghua University has provided him with a valuable opportunity to observe Chinese society and contribute to the development of Chinese society. He has taught at Tsinghua University for more than ten years and has always encouraged students from different countries or educational backgrounds to understand each other, explore different modes of thinking.


Achieve tolerance in openness, and conduct effective communication and cooperation with friends from different countries intolerance. He said, "I hope that through this open and inclusive process of mutual understanding, students can exercise their global competence in an international context."



Bao Maigao is pleased to see that in 2018, Tsinghua University has established a global competency development center. This means that more teachers and students will have the opportunity to broaden international horizons and cross-cultural exchanges. He also noticed that Tsinghua is more open and present in all aspects around him. At the beginning of the teaching, only a few students could go abroad for short-term study. Today, Tsinghua has expanded its "Circle of Friends" to nearly 300 universities and institutions in 50 countries. As of 2019, about 9,000 students have completed overseas exchanges. At the same time, many international students have joined the Tsinghua family to live and study with Tsinghua teachers and students for a long time.


Ten years ago, the international students that Baomagau encountered in his undergraduate courses were all exchange students. Today, he sees more international students choosing to come to Tsinghua and spend four years of university life. "Tsinghua University is not only a diverse community but also a platform for students to achieve cross-cultural communication." He said. Baumigao uses the Chinese idiom "Different routes to the same goal" to describe the relationship between methods and goals in international education and learning. But combined with his own Chinese study and Tsinghua's work and life experience.


He has new thinking about this relationship. "Many mountains look alike, but from the top of the mountain, they are all different." In the era of internationalization, there can be multiple ways of thinking and solving a problem, and only openness can lead to a diversified mode of thinking.


In addition to witnessing the rapid pace of internationalization of Tsinghua University, Bao Maigao also witnessed the tremendous progress of Chinese society. These experiences laid a solid foundation for him to study the relationship between the governments and industries of China and the United States and gave him deeper thinking about economic and political issues.



Today, when new challenges and new opportunities coexist, colleges and universities, as the hub of cross-cultural communication, have shown an important role. For this "University · Open" forum, Bao Margao has sincere expectations. He hopes that through the forum, cultures across countries can have more exchanges and share more innovative solutions to problems. "We sincerely hope that through these efforts. Tsinghua University can make the lives of more people on campus and beyond colorful." Bao Maigao said.


Li Yadong: Be the sailor of the world and go to all the ports



"Be a sailor of the world and go to all ports." At the first graduation ceremony of Schwarzman College, President Qiu Yong quoted Whitman's poem and gave it to the graduates present. Li Yadong, who was still an undergraduate of the School of Journalism and Communication at the time, was deeply inspired by this sentence. He said: "I have been thinking about how to better become a sailor of the world."


In the past five years, he left Tsinghua twice, went to Africa, and returned to Tsinghua twice. This journey is the best answer for him to go to a wider world and strive to make a difference. The first time I left Tsinghua University was at the end of my junior year. At that time, he made an unusual decision to quit school to do interviews in Africa. What surprised him and moved him is that the teachers of the school and the college provided their full support.


"I was a little surprised at the time. Looking back now, it is because openness is not only a school tradition but has already penetrated the school's teaching links." Li Yadong recalled.


"Tap on the rails in Mombasa, and you can already hear the sound in Nairobi." Standing on the ground in Mombasa, watching the railroad tracks made in China take root in Africa, Li Yadong wrote this sentence.


As a result of the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway also triggered Li Yadong's thinking about a community with a shared future for mankind as an envoy of China-Africa exchanges. After unremitting efforts, he and an African friend founded the first Chinese magazine in Africa to obtain an international issue-"East Africa Outlook · Ethiopian".


In 2017, the first stop of the Tsinghua University Global Competency Course came to Iran, where students from Tsinghua University studied a wonderful overseas course. Iran’s largest news agency, Ethiopian News Agency, published a report on Tsinghua's trip.


Li Yadong couldn't help but sigh, "It's Tsinghua's philosophy to let students perceive the world, and I'm just one of the thousands of participants."


The "gap year" in Africa touched Li Yadong's desire to explore the world and tell good stories. After returning to Tsinghua University, he joined the "Innovative Research on the Overseas Communication of Chinese Culture" project group of Professor Guo Zhenzhi of the School of Journalism.


Organized his own interview writing in Africa, and published "Late Opportunities, Chinese Enterprises in Africa" This book. After graduation, Li Yadong is determined to conduct cross-cultural communication and China's foreign cultural exchanges on a broader platform. He left Tsinghua for the second time and went to work in Ghana.


"When China-Africa cooperation has become an international hot topic, working on the overseas dissemination of Chinese culture in Africa is like rushing along with the torrent of the times." He is very sure. Li Yadong, who came to Africa again, not only witnessed the tremendous changes that technology has brought to Africa, but also discovered the necessity of enhancing understanding of Africa in China-Africa cooperation.


In 2020, Li Yadong will return to campus as a freshman at Schwarzman College. This time he has a clearer sense of direction and mission. "Schwarzman College has a diverse cultural atmosphere, and my classmates come from more than 40 countries and regions.


" Li Yadong said. The academy's studies further enhanced his cross-cultural communication skills and deepened his understanding of the community of shared future for mankind."The open Tsinghua University not only gave us knowledge about the world but also gave us the ability to explore the world." Looking back at the experience of leaving Tsinghua twice and returning to Tsinghua twice. Li Yadong has a deeper understanding of Tsinghua's opening up. It gave him the courage and confidence to "break into the world" in the future. In the future, Li Yadong will continue to work hard to be a sailor of the world, from Tsinghua to the world, go to more ports, and make more contributions to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.


Su Xiaoxiao: The world is in Tsinghua



Su Xiaoxiao from Belarus has always longed for China with a long history and culture. She started learning Chinese in junior high school and worked hard for the goal of "studying in China" time and time again.


In 2018, she was admitted as expected by Tsinghua University and became an undergraduate of the School of Journalism and Communication. When she enrolled, she boarded the first stage in Tsinghua-the welcome party and served as the host. The moment she stepped onto the stage, she remembered still fresh. "The audience is pitch black, I take a deep breath to encourage myself-The world is in Tsinghua, this is my world." Su Xiao Novels.


The light sticks waving in the audience resemble the brilliant starry sky. The worries and tensions in her heart have long since vanished. This experience gave her great confidence. "I believe that an open Tsinghua University will definitely guide me to become the best version of myself, and it will certainly guide every Tsinghua citizen to discover their own starry sky." She said.


In 2020, the sudden epidemic broke people's peaceful lives. The epidemic has forced some students to attend classes at home or even suspend their studies. Su Xiaoxiao, who is in Belarus, was also worried at first that he could not participate in classroom learning because he could not return to school.


Tsinghua University, which insists on opening up schools, has not only realized the scheduled start of classes in the spring semester, and opened up educational resources to students from all over the world.


But also created an integrated online and offline teaching method in the fall, and simultaneously opened physical classrooms and cloud-based classrooms.


Every day in class, Su Xiaoxiao and his classmates gather together in the "cloud". From the computer screen, she saw not only familiar teachers and classmates, but also the dense blackboards on the blackboard, and the setting sun shining into the classroom, and the autumn colors outside the window. This makes Su Xiaoxiao, who attends classes at home, no longer feel lonely.


In the fall semester, due to the 5-hour time difference in Beijing, Su Xiaoxiao could only take the first English class in the early morning of Belarus. After learning that she was the only one who had access to the class through distance learning and that there was a jet lag problem, the teacher negotiated with the class to change the course time to the afternoon.


"There is a confidant in the sea, and the end of the world is close to each other." Su Xiao's novel, "The care and help from teachers and classmates made me feel the true meaning of this ancient poem."As an international student, Su Xiaoxiao's daily study and life are carried out in cross-cultural communication. Thinking that his own Chinese learning experience might be transferred to the students' English learning.


Su Xiaoxiao took the initiative to organize a "cloud meeting" to write homework and discussions with the students online, and actively communicate in English. After one semester, the members of the Yunshang Group not only improved their English but also got closer and closer together and deepened their friendship.



In the days of online learning, when the night is dead, the bright lights in the Tsinghua Library, the bicycles hurried past the campus, and the lotus flowers blooming near the Spring Garden become Su Xiaoxiao's thoughts. When she returned to Tsinghua Park, all the anxiety she had accumulated for a whole year disappeared. Su Xiao's novel, "No matter where you are from, Tsinghua Park always embraces returning students with open arms. Her warmth will always heal you, and her endless vitality will give you faith and hope."


In her view, university Openness also represents a belief, a hope, a belief, and hope for a better future. More than 500 teachers and students watched the first "University Open" forum, and it was broadcast live through the school's official Chinese and English social media matrix, People's Daily, China Net, CGTN, and other platforms. Attracting more than 800,000 people to watch it online. President Qiu Yong also came to the forum to praise the international students and scholars.



Tsinghua students who watched the forum also said they have benefited a lot. Liu Zhaoxi, an undergraduate of the Department of Foreign Languages, said with emotion that as a student of the Department of Foreign Languages, I have been constantly feeling the impact of Tsinghua's internationalization in the past three years.


It shows a vast world beyond imagination, provides a complete platform for dialogue with the world, and cultivates students' global competence. If the past was just a vague feeling, the first lecture of the "University" series gave me a clearer understanding of Tsinghua’s broad school vision and talent training pattern, and I am more honored to be a part of Tsinghua today, witnessing and benefiting from the "Global The gradual advancement of the Strategy.


Guzik, an international student from Russia, said that after participating in today's "University" series of forums, I was deeply touched by the warmth of the Tsinghua family, and I have seen every bit of Tsinghua's international construction. As a Tsinghua student, I am very excited by tasting the stories of the Tsinghua people and feeling their touching fate in Tsinghua.


In another week, the 2021 University Presidents Global Forum hosted by Tsinghua University will kick-off. University presidents all over the world have also sent a celebration of Tsinghua University. The water of rivers is not the water of one source. Today's Tsinghua University is a global multi-cultural blend, and teachers and students at home and abroad have learned from each other. The school is formulating a new round of global strategic planning to further enhance its international carrying capacity and build its future-shaping power.


Like the metasequoia trees that thrive on the Seattle campus, China's higher education is further opening up to the outside world, and Tsinghua University is also persevering in opening up schools to the world. Tsinghua University is becoming a world university rooted in China. The future of Tsinghua University will be more open, integrated, and resilient.

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