Grand celebration kicked off on October 16th on BFU campus to mark its 68th anniversary. Featuring “Talent Nurture & Historic Responsibility” as the central theme, the ceremony consisted of 3 parts: “Previous Contributions of BFU,” “Personages of BFU” and “the Future of BFU”. The celebration took a holistic survey of the remarkable achievements the University has made in serving the national development strategy through featuring the unyielding morale that had been passed down from generation after generation of BFU students and faculty. By reflecting on the painstaking journey the University has been through and looking into the promising prospects for its future development, the event aims to inspire the entire BFU community to rise up to the call of the nation at the present historic moment and contribute our due shares to building the University into a world-class forestry university that is firmly rooted in China.
Sun Haifeng, the MOE liaison and former vice-president of China University of Petroleum (Huadong), senior officials and epidemic prevention and control liaisons from Beijing Municipal Education Commission, together with the senior and middle-level officials of the University, representatives from other democratic parties, representatives of poverty-alleviation cadres and teachers, representatives of teachers and students, representatives of logistic service staff and alumni as well as representatives of social science publishing houses and representatives of social media, attended the celebration. Teachers and students of our university and alumni at home and abroad watched the event online.
Wang Hongyuan, Secretary of BFU CPC Committee, delivered a speech at the commemoration. He pointed out that in the past 68 years, BFU has been cultivating “BFU Talents” for the cause of forestry and grass as well as the economic and social development of New China, and has been contributing “BFU Project” to the construction of national ecological environment and the development of forestry and grass. Also, it has been providing “BFU Invention” for the country to realize the transition from “green” to “beautiful” development, and has been creating “BFU Design” for the improvement of the ecological environment. Mr. Wang emphasized that there are several crucial factors determining a world-class forestry university: the first is to firmly adhere to the correct political direction of running schools, comprehensively strengthen the leadership and construction of the Party, and provide strong political and organizational guarantees for the development of the cause; the second is to build high-quality faculty in a more prominent position; the third is to strive to build a high-level talent cultivation system to cultivate versatile talents for the Party and the country in the management of landscape, forestry, fields, lakes, grasses and sands systems, and continuously deliver newcomers of the era who are capable of being responsible for the rejuvenation of the nation; the fourth is to rely closely on the majority of teachers and staff to run the school and continuously improve the level of modernization of the governance system and governance capacity. All staff and students of our university should unite more closely around the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, bearing in mind the “2 Overall Situations” presented by both China’s great national rejuvenation initiative and the unprecedented changes in the global community in the present century. We should be united and work hard to welcome the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party and the 70th anniversary of the founding of BFU with more outstanding achievements.
The event started with “Previous Contributions of BFU”, which brought the minds of all participants to the significant contributions that generation after generation of teachers and students of the University have made in the construction of national ecological civilization.
An Lizhe, President of the university, gave a speech. He warmly welcomed the leaders and guests, and extended cordial greetings to the alumni and all staff and students at home and abroad. He introduced the important results of our university’s “Double First-rate” construction cycle, systematically summarized the results achieved by our university in the five construction tasks of building a high-quality teaching force, cultivating top-notch innovative talents, enhancing scientific and technological innovation, cultural heritage and innovation, and improving the transformation of scientific and technological achievements; and the results achieved in the five reform tasks of building the Party to pilot the direction of socialist school-running, improving the internal governance system, pushing forward key breakthroughs, strengthening social participation in school-running, and enhancing international influence. An Lizhe stated that our university will always be guided by Xi Jinping’s thought for the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, remember the original intention of fostering virtue through education, keep in mind that we should educate people for our party and country, fully implement the spirit of the eleventh Party Congress of our university and accelerate the university’s “Double First-rate” construction for a world-class forestry university rooted in China.
The commemoration was presided over by Xie Xuewen, Deputy Secretary of BFU CPC Committee.
The event coincides with the first anniversary of the official release of President Xi Jingping’s speech at the Forum on Ecological Protection and High-Quality Development of the Yellow River Basin. Participants reviewed outstanding contributions made by the University to the ecological protection of the Yellow River Basin, summarized the fruitful results achieved by the Institute of Ecological Protection and High-Quality Development of the Yellow River Basin since its establishment one year ago, and released the first green book compiled by the university on the systematic study of the ecological civilization of the Yellow River in China. Li Xiong, Vice President and Tong Genxing, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Scientific and Technical Documentation Press jointly unveiled the Green Paper on the Construction of Ecological Civilization in the Yellow River Basin (2020).
The “Personages of BFU” section of the event featured those who dedicated themselves to the forestry sector, to poverty alleviation and moral education and talent cultivation as well as to places where they are most needed by out motherland.
A documentary specially produced by Xinhua News Agency for Gao Wenyu, a 1963 alumnus of our university was shown during this section. In the video, he told about his remarkable accomplishments in greening more than 8,300 acres of barren mountains in Loess Plateau, planting more than 1.4 million trees and actively devoting himself to the ecological protection of the Yellow River basin for more than 20 years after his retirement, showing the excellent quality of the older generation of forestry workers who have rooted in the grassroots and worked hard. Mr. Gao Wenyu also specially recorded a video for the anniversary of his alma mater, thanking her for its cultivation and wishing the alma mater a more prosperous feature.
Lan Hailang, a senior engineer and graduate of the University in 1997 alumni of our school, is currently the head of the boutique gardening studio of Beijing Institute of Landscape Architecture Design and Research. He spoke at the meeting on behalf of the alumni, in which he recalled his unforgettable memories of studying in BFU and expressed his gratitude to his alma mater for cultivation. Also, he introduced his dedication to the cause of landscaping and his journey of designing the National Day Flowerbed of Tiananmen Square for 24 consecutive years and expressed his determination to continue to bring glory to his alma mater.
Liu Yan, professor of the School of Landscape Architecture, national-level Master Teacher, the winner of the first “BFU Model,” gave a speech during the ceremony on behalf of the whole faculty, in which she expressed her excitement to witness the development of BFU for 40 years. She called on all teachers to stick to their lofty roles as teachers and contribute their due shares to the cultivation of first-class forestry talents.
Liu Guoqing, a student from the School of Biology as well as winner of the first “BFU Model” award, made a speech on behalf of her peer students. She described her experiences of studying in BFU, joining the army, serving in the 70th National Day parade. And she pledged her determination to be a socialist builder and successor who cultivates the all-round development of moral, intellectual, physical, aesthetics and labor education.
On the eve of the Seventh National Poverty Alleviation Day, 59 cadres and students of our school who went to Horqin Right Front Banner, Inner Mongolia for poverty alleviation and supporting education specially filmed and produced a short documentary film for the 68th anniversary of the University. The documentary footage fully demonstrated the major breakthrough of the University in thoroughly implementing the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping on winning the battle against poverty, continuously promoting poverty alleviation by industry, education, science and technology and consumption, and supporting and helping Horqin Right Front Banner of Inner Mongolia to get rid of poverty.
At the meeting, Sun Xinli, Deputy Secretary BFU CPC Committee, accepted the donation from one of BFU alumni—a return letter to him hand-written by Mr. Liang Xi, the founding minister of the Ministry of Forestry. Before the establishment of the school, Zhan Zhaoning, a 1954 alumnus of our school who was studying in the Forestry Department of Hebei Agricultural College, was concerned about the future of forestry education and education reform. He wrote a letter to Liang Xi to brief him about the situation of forestry education at that time. Mr. Liang Xi wrote back and pointed out the direction and measures for the adjustment of forestry institutes and departments in the letter. This letter witnessed the important historical moments when our university carried the construction and development of the forestry industry of new China, and manifested the sincere patriotic feelings of the old generation of BFU people. At the commemoration meeting, Sun Xinli, on behalf of the University, accepted the original letter donated by Zhan Yanni, daughter of Mr. Zhan Zhaoning. In return for the donation, Mrs Sun presented to Miss Zhan a copy of the transcript of Mr. Zhan Zhaoning and his wife Mrs. Guan Yunyu (who was also a BFU graduate in 1954).
“The Future of BFU” portrays a bright prospect for the University, featuring in particular it vigorous strive for a better tomorrow.
As part of the preparation for the University’s upcoming 70th anniversary, and for the purpose of crystallizing and highlighting the fine traditions that BFU has shaped over the past 70 years, and better tapping into the values of its grand history for talent education, the University launched a campaign to set up the BFU Archives Museum, the design plan for which was released at ceremony, with the basic concepts, approaches and expected effect of the plan explained in detail.
In order to implement the work requirements stipulated in “Implementing smart management and service projects, and greatly improving information level for teachers and students” that was put forward by the Eleventh Party Congress of the university, and to promote the modernization of the university’s governance system and governance capacity, the university party committee decided to launch the “Smart BFU” information construction project based on “BFU Cloud”. Wang Tao, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the university, Luo Youqing, Vice President of the university, and Zou Guohui, Vice President of the university, together with the representatives of teachers and students, touched the digital light bulb that symbolizes the “Smart BFU” during the ceremony, which marked the official commencement of the project.
The ceremony also witnessed the formal launch of the BFU Xuexiqiangguo APP, the BFU Renmin APP, and the BFUNews APP, all of which are expected to play significant roles in telling BFU stories, spreading BFU voices, upgrading BFU images and in turn enhancing the overall influence and reputation of the University.
The ceremony came to a successful conclusion in a poem recitation and a chorus that respectively featured “ The Journey of the BFU ” and “ My Motherland and Me ”.
Following the conclusion of the ceremony, Secretary Wang Hongyuan and President An Lizhe accepted interviews by China Education Television and Beijing TV Station respectively.