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2014-09-13 23:27:48|  分类: 迎新 Orientation |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Dear new students,

 

Welcome to Zhejiang International Studies University.

 

Just two months ago, we bid farewell to the university’s first 1202 enthusiastic and promising graduates. Their departure prompts me, as their president and teacher, to reflect on what we have accomplished together during their three or four-year stay here and what we need improve for the incoming students. I went to a few graduates with this question. Their answers both surprised and encouraged me. The most memorable aspect of this university, they replied, is not the buildings, facilities, and campuses which “have yet to be made a bit more impressive” (as they used to complain), but rather, her conscientious and warm-hearted teachers and staff who attach great importance to student growth.

 

Teachers and staff in this university care much for their students, not only for their progress in study, but also for their maturity in character, their development in moral integrity, and their achievement in soul-making. Upon your arrival this coming September, you will surely meet a smiling teacher who will be sitting with you in your dorms, listening to your concerns and helping you acclimatize to the new environment. Starting from your sophomore year, you will have mentors who will help you overcome whatever difficulties you may encounter in your study and life. In classrooms, your teachers will throw themselves heart and soul into perspective-altering teaching and help you explore the true meaning of free spirit, self-reliance and independent personality. In the subsequent years of your university life, as you branch out to try new challenging and creative endeavors, your teachers will guide you to a myriad of research projects and campus activities that will give full play to your potential. If you intend to experience the real world, your teachers will initiate you to social practice, helping you understand the present social condition and true value of human existence. Finally, as seniors, your teachers will advise you through the next transition in your life, whether that is job-hunting or pursuing further graduate studies.

 

Perhaps, some of you have been told that, in universities, teachers and students are “distanced”: the professors are off doing what they call academic work, often leaving their students to their own. That, however, is not true in this school. We believe that the paramount obligation of a school is to nurture students, to help them grow, mature, and advance in the general direction of their dreams. Of course, academic-powered faculty, together with impressive college buildings, state-of-the-art facilities, all are indispensible in running a university. But they are just the means, not the end. The ultimate end of higher education should be the cultivation of a whole person. The success of a university relies on the success of each individual student.

 

Have you ever read Kahlil Gibran’s poem “On Children”? I’d like to use his poetic image of “bows and arrows” to inspire all of us. Let us, the teachers, be the bows from which you, the students, “as living arrows are sent forth.” The bows will be stable and ready to bend themselves with gladness so that the arrows can “go swift and far” toward “the mark upon the path of the infinite.”

 

With best wishes,

 

 

Hong Gang

 

President of Zhejiang International Studies University

 


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