On the evening of September 16, ZZU held the opening ceremony and the welcoming evening party to new students of 2017. The leaders of ZZU, Niu Shucheng, Liu Jiongtian, Qu Lingbo, Li Xingcheng, Jia Shaoxin, Zhang Qianhong, Gu Zhenqing, Xu Dongsheng, Han Guohe, Nan Zhenzhong attended the meeting, joined by the former editor-in-chief of Xinhua News Agency and Chair professor of School of Journalism and Communication, Wu Yangjie, Academician of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zhang Hai, Honorary President of Chinese Calligrapherˊs Association and Dean of Calligraphy Institute, Liu Qingzhu, Member of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Dean of History Institute, Prof. Francois Mathey, Academician of French Academy of Sciences and Foreign Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wang Fuming, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Liu Zhongmin, alumni representative, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Director of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Principals of provincial and foreign part of demonstration high schools and Principals schools as ZZU’s base for excellent enrollment sources, alumni graduates in 1987 from the School of Journalism and Communication, chiefs of eｘecutive departments and teachersˊ representatives from every school as well as more than 19,000 freshmen.
When the solemn national anthem was played, the opening ceremony began officially.
Vice President Zhang Qianhong read out the Decision of ZZU on Commending Outstanding Undergraduates in 2017 to offer special financial aid to 90 students and a financial aid of outstanding undergraduate freshman to each of 575 students.
Party Secretary Niu Shucheng awarded the certificate of honor to representatives of outstanding undergraduates in 2017.
Then, Wu Hongyao, the undergraduate freshmen representative from the School of Journalism and Communication, doctoral candidate Han Xiao, the representative of graduate students from the Academy of Medical Sciences, An Kang, parent representative of new students, Prof. Liu Zhongmin, alumni representatives, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Director of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Francois Mathey, teachersˊ representative, foreign academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences from School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering made a speech separately.
President Academician Liu Jiongtian gave a speech entitled steadfastly Seeking Truth and Bravely Undertaking.
After the opening ceremony, the gala to welcome the new-enrolled students started. The evening gala is divided into three chapters: Assembling in ZZU by Fate and Setting Sail Together, brandishing youth in ZZU and Growing Up, and Seeking Truth in ZZU and Bravely Undertaking. The whole performance, wonderful and exciting with one climax after another, was applauded by the audience,winning unanimous praises from freshmen of 2017.(translator Song Gencheng)