The 30th Anniversary Commemoration of Department of Social Sciences was held

On April 26, 2014, Secretary of the CPC Central Committee of Tsinghua University Chen Xu, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Central Committee of Tsinghua University Deng Wei, Vice President of Tsinghua University Jiang Shengyao, Vice President of Tsinghua University Ji Junmin, as well as alumni of the Department of Social Sciences got together to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Department of Social Sciences of Tsinghua University at the Great Hall of Tsinghua University.

Chen Xu extended greetings in her speech to the retired teachers, the alumni, and the faculty and students from all departments of Social Sciences on behalf of the university. She reviewed important contributions made to wards the development of the social sciences in China and the improvement of Chinese society since the establishment of the Department of Social Sciences, and acknowledged the fruitful results made by a series of new departments of liberal arts founded by the Department of Social Sciences to improve the development of the liberal arts in Tsinghua University and to build a comprehensive university.

Chen Xu pointed out that since the establishment of the Department of Social Sciences, social sciences of Tsinghua University always focused on critical strategic needs of China’s reform, opening-up and its modernization over the past 30 years, always adhered to the fundamental task of talent cultivation and the fundamental guarantee of teaching staff, always valued the interdisciplinary nature of arts, sciences, and engineering, nurtured and developed its own style, took an initial shape of development model, which is suitable for China’s national conditions and the reality of university, and accumulated valuable experiences that have a significant influence on the development of liberal arts of Tsinghua University in the future.

Chen Xu also wished that all faculty and students of the School of Social Sciences and departments of liberal arts could further improve their sense of responsibility and mission, the political consciousness, and the general situation awareness, focus on the major issues in theory and practice concerning comprehensively deepening reforms and building a well-off society, always look forward to the lasting peace and stability of our country and humanities, strive to build a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics and world-class social science disciplines, write a new chapter of another hundred years of Tsinghua University, and make greater contribution to the  realization of Chinese dream of the great national rejuvenation.

Hu Xianzhang, the former party secretary of Tsinghua University and former dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science, pointed out that the Department of Social Sciences of Tsinghua University has laid a solid foundation for the liberal arts of Tsinghua University and Tsinghua University has earned a great reputation because of the excellent performance and the great contribution made by alumni in the society. He wished that alumni could continue to make contribution to our country in their respective positions, and jointly write a new chapter for the future development of Tsinghua University.

Secretary of the Party Committee of the School of Humanities Luo Gang, Dean of the School of Marxism Ai Silin, Dean of the School of Social Sciences Li Qiang, gave speeches respectively to introduce a series of fruitful results made by their own schools in recent years.

During the session of “Teachers-students’ Talk over the Past 30 Years” jointly hosted by alumnus (Class of 1987) Wang Hui and current student Xu Jiaqian, a documentary film of “30 Years of the Department of Social Sciences in Tsinghua University”, which was directed and produced by alumni from Beijing TV Station, was played to show the development and change of the Department of Social Sciences over the past 30 years. These precious pictures brought the alumni back to youthful days. Senior teacher representatives Zhang Mujing, Lin Tai, Huang Meilai, Zhu Yuhe, Wu Yaru, shared stories with audience about the construction of disciplines and cultivation of students on stage. Graduates in the 21st century Kong Gangcheng, Zhang Hongfu, Tian Xiaofei, and Chen Liyuan, current students Gao Yuan, Sun Yi, international student from the United States Li Jieren went on stage one after another to talk about the friendship between teachers and students and shared their stories. They all expressed best wishes to their alma mater and their nation. The alumni (Class of 1987) presented a wood painting called “Maturity, Achievement, and Success ” to their alma mater as a gift, and Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the School of Social Sciences Zhang Chenggang accepted it on behalf of the organizing committee and expressed gratitude to all the alumni for their concerns and supports of the development of social sciences.

The ceremony cannot be effectively carried out without joint efforts of all the teachers and students and the great support by alumni. The alumni expressed their good wishes for the development of university in their own ways: the Class of 1984 graduates of the Department of Social Sciences proposed to set up a fund for “Lecture Hall of Social Sciences”; the Class of 1987 graduates produced a documentary film of “30 years of the Department of Social Sciences in Tsinghua University”; the Class of 1988 graduates ordered a birthday cake for every representative in the ceremony; the Class of 1991 graduates made a piece of work called “Well-written Essay, Virtuous Man”; the Class of 1992 graduates gave a souvenir T-shirt to every representative; the Class of 1998 graduates presented a Mount Tai stone to the School of Marxism.

The profound friendship of alumni of the Department of Social Sciences is unforgettable. The ceremony came to a close with a song of “We Walk on the Great Road” performed by the alumni.

The establishment of the Department of social Sciences of Tsinghua University on February 1984 was an important measure of the restoration of liberal arts in light of the needs of the socialist modernization drive. For the following 9 years, the Department of Social Sciences actively imported high-level talents; the teachers and students strived together to make great achievements in all fields, such as education, academic research, social services, and cultural heritage and innovation, and so on. On December 1993, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences was set up based on the Department of Social Sciences to promote the development of liberal arts.

In a new era for the development of liberal arts in Tsinghua University, the Department of Social Sciences has yielded a series of schools of liberal arts, such as the School of Law, School of Public Policy and Management, School of Journalism and Communication, School of Marxism, Institute of Education, School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, and so on, which could not be restored or established without the cultivation of the Department of Social Sciences. The Department of Social Sciences has made indelible contributions to the advancement of the liberal arts in Tsinghua University and the development of a comprehensive university over the past 30 years.

Secretary of the Party Committee of the School of Social Sciences of Tsinghua University Shi Zhiqin hosted the ceremony.

The 30th Anniversary Ceremony was sponsored by the School of Humanities, School of Marxism, and School of Social Sciences, and it was organized by the School of Social Sciences.