On September 5, the opening ceremony of the 2023-2024 academic year to welcome new students was simultaneously held at the four campuses of SCNU, n.l. the Shipai campus, and the University Town campus in Guangzhou, the Nanhai campus in Foshan, and the Binhai campus in Shanwei. This ceremony adopted a multi-campus and cross-city mode to reach and engage with over 14,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students participating both on campus and remotely. It also embodied an innovative effort of “cultivating talent through the ceremony”, featuring the traditional agenda and the speeches of different representatives.


The opening ceremony on the Shipai campus in Guangzhou.

Wang Enke, president of SCNU, warmly welcomed the new students at the opening ceremony. He called on the students to embrace the fine traditions and spirit of the school, and strive to be youth pioneers with ideals, responsibility, and resilience. Wang Enke also exhorted the students to align the pursuit of their personal goals  with the career of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and that of the country, and to be the best of themselves at every stage in life.


President Wang Enke giving a speech to this year’s freshmen.

Wang Binwei, secretary of the CPC Committee of SCNU, signed a copy of the book Xi Jinping and College Students, which was then presented to the representatives of the freshmen. He encouraged new students to value time, continuously practise skills, and then grow into talents on the new journey.

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 The group photo of student representatives.

Representatives of teachers and students at four campuses shared their experiences and thoughts with sincere encouragement in reading and gave their best wishes to the incoming freshmen.

The 2023 opening ceremony was kicked off with a Youth Concert, for the first time performed simultaneously on SCNU’s four campuses. Besides, all the faculty and students watched SCNU’s original work Ode to SCNU together. Then, new students put on school badges, signifying they have formally become SCNUers. After that, they performed a recitation, expressing their visions and resolutions for revitalizing the country.

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Students giving a performance dressed in costumes designed for SCNU’s 90th anniversary.

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The faculty and students watch Ode to SCNU.

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Freshmen newly putting on their badges of SCNU.

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Confident and excited, the freshmen make a group recitation. 

Source from SCNU News Center

Translated by Liang Lihua, Zeng Wenting

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Wang Yingmin

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