SCNU president Yang Zhongmin delivered his first lecture on ideological and political education of the spring semester on the Nanhai Campus on April 2. The theme of the lecture is to encourage students to embrace their dreams, work diligently and proactively and show their sense of responsibility in developing new quality productive forces.


SCNU president Yang Zhongmin delivers the lecture.

Yang began the topic with an introduction to the Russo-Ukrainian conflict from the perspective of talents, economy, science and technology, and analyzed the current world economic and political landscape. He indicated that the rapid development of China’s economy is the major change in the world economic landscape, which is the origin of the profound changes with a magnitude unseen in a century. And it is also needed for the world to enter a new economic and political landscape. Currently, China’s economy is switching from high-speed to high-quality development. The switching needs a new theory of productivity, while the new quality productive force is in line with the new development philosophy. Therefore, China needs to accelerate the development of new quality productive forces, according to Yang Zhongmin.

Yang then further elaborated on developing new quality productive forces. He pointed out that the development of new productivity forces and the development of education, science and technology, and human resources support each other. Among these three pillars, human resources are the most active and decisive in the formation of new productive forces. As the joint point of the three pillars, higher education is an indispensable part of the development of new productive forces. Thus, universities should smooth the virtuous circle between the three pillars, helping accelerate the development of new quality productive forces.


Students listen attentively to the lecture.

Besides, Yang talked about the mission of the universities. He indicated "The goal of building a comprehensive and innovative world-class university with distinctive characteristics in teacher education" was written into the new charter of SCNU. He further introduced SCNU's efforts to build a world-class university as he gave answers to the three questions, namely, "What good traditions does SCNU have", "what is the development foundation of SCNU", and "what development ideas does SCNU have".

Yang said that SCNU has always been in solidarity with the development of the country and national rejuvenation. It has stuck to the motto of "Foster the spirit of working hard; pursue studies with utmost rigor; seek truth from facts with innovation; and be a model of virtue for others", making contributions to the great cause of the country. Since becoming a "double first-class" university in 2017, the university's development has accelerated. Its overall strength, talent-cultivation capacity and efficacy, and teacher team have grown steadily, he said.

Yang stressed that SCNU will carry out the basic task of fostering virtue through education and advancing reform in talent cultivation patterns to arm talents with the abilities of patriotism, fortitude, humility and innovation. In addition, SCNU will carry out the strategy of developing a high-quality teaching force which is virtuous, professional, well-structured and vigorous.

Then, Yang indicated the responsibilities of the youth. He pointed out that China’s young people today have an incomparably broad development stage, especially in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. “New quality productive forces call for youths in the new era who embrace their dreams and work diligently and proactively,” Yang Zhongmin said. Through the comparison between SCNU with other universities, he analyzed the current situation of students' employment and further study at SCNU. He also shared several outstanding students' typical stories about their employment and entrepreneurship, further study and enlistment. He hopes that the students could set up a great ambition to serve the country and integrate their personal ideals and pursuits into the development of the Party and the country.

After the lecture, Yang answered students' questions about the relationship between "artificiality" and "intelligence", enhancing comprehensive competitiveness, and fostering the development of new quality productivity. He encouraged the students to clarify their position, give full play to their advantages, refine their character, develop their skills, and take up their roles in the new course of country building and national rejuvenation.


Students ask president Yang questions.

New quality productive forces, put forward by Chinese president Xi Jinping, mean advanced productivity that is freed from traditional economic growth mode and productivity development paths, features high-tech, high efficiency and high quality, and comes in line with the new development philosophy.

Source from SCNU News Center

Translated by Wu Jiadan, Zeng Wenting

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Li Jianru


What to read next:

The MOE Key Laboratory of Laser Life Science Passed the Evaluation of the Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education issued the "Notice on the Evaluation Results of the Ministry of Education (MOE) Key Laboratory in the Information Field 2017 " The MOE Key Laboratory of Laser Life Science
2018 Graduation and Degree Awarding Ceremony 9,000 Students are to Embark on a New Journey
The 2018 Welcoming Ceremony for New Freshmen at South China Normal University Held
The Welcoming Ceremony of 2018 Freshmen on the Shipai CampusThe Welcoming Ceremony of 2018 Freshmen on the Univer
International Business College to Send Hundred Students on Exchange to Study Abroad
July 6 saw the farewell ceremony for outbound students of year 2018 study abroad exchange program, majoring in F
SCNU Graduates Awarded as Excellent Volunteer Chinese Teachers in Thailand
The selection results of the Excellent Volunteer Chinese Teachers in Thailand during the school year 2017-2018 at
SCNU Invited to Attend the 2018 Joint Annual Conference of Physics Society in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area
The "2018 Joint Annual Conference of Physics Society in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (YGA2018) "
SCNU Plans to Cooperate with the Hong Kong Financial Services Institute in Joint Training of MA Students
On August 29, SCNU president Wang Enke received a delegation led by Guo Qixing, dean of Hong Kong Financial Ser
The SCNU Environmental Research Institute Established
During April 4-10, the "High-end Forum on Environmental Science and the Inaugural Meeting of the Environmental Res
The Second International Conference of Kernel-based Approximation Methods in Data Analysis Held in Guangzhou
On May 25-27, the International Conference of Kernel-based Approximation Methods in Data Analysis was held in Guan
SCNU Showcased at the 2nd CUSTAF and Signed an Agreement on Jointly Building Modern Physics and Clean Energy Laboratory
May 24-27, the 2nd China University Scientific and Technological Achievements Fair (CUSTAF) was held in Huizhou T