SZU’s 2023 graduation ceremony was held in at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on July 2nd, during which SZU President Mao Junfa delivered an inspiring speech to graduates.
“I hope you strive to become someone who can solve problems,” said President Mao when he was addressing students who were about to embark on their new journeys.
"Through the process of solving problems and achieving breakthroughs for our country, Shenzhen and SZU have been able to create miracles and turn dreams into reality,” said him.
From cultivating a wide range of talents for the newborn special economic zone that started from scratch, to navigating problems in core technological research that hinder the country's development, Shenzhen University has remained steadfast in its mission to cultivate talents for the party and the country and been at the forefront of developing with the trends of the times.
The stories of struggle endured by generations of SZUers provide a remarkable response to the prestigious scientist Qian Xuesen's question regarding why Chinese universities couldn't foster innovative talents.
To assist students in tackling challenges on their new journey in life, the President, who graduated from a military academy, offered the following lines fromThe Art of Warby Sun Tzu: "Be swift as the wind, steady as a forest, aggressive as fire, and immovable as a mountain!"
Being swift as the wind” is about opportunities, as life is in constantly flux, and one must be in a state of constant readiness to seize opportunities.
Mao stated, "We are currently in an era of 'unprecedented global transformation,' experiencing significant shifts in social development and technology. We are in a time of unparalleled opportunities and challenges."
For a country, each step towards the center stage of the world is of utmost importance. For individuals, career choices and personal destinies are increasingly confronted with the challenges posed by rapidly evolving technological innovations, with Artificial Intelligence being a prominent example.
Throughout history, fate has always favored those who can grasp opportunities tightly. When faced with changing circumstances, one can adapt and seize crucial opportunities, enabling them to transcend the challenges and make their dreams within reach.
“Being steady as a forest” is a tactical approach that requires one to maintain a balanced pace in one’s studies, careers, and personal lives," said Mao. He suggested that when finding oneself enveloped by anxieties, it becomes even more crucial to engage in calm reflection and respond with composure, facing various issues and challenges with rationality and serenity.
“Being aggressive as fire” is a strategic method that emphasizes advancing towards established goals with unwavering determination and vigor. Mao believed that when making a resolute decision to overcome a difficult problem or achieve a specific objective, one must learn to maintain a high level of focus, fully immersing themselves with an unwavering commitment. By confronting challenges and difficulties with the utmost enthusiasm, enduring stamina, and the sharpest intellect, one strive for victory.
“Being immovable as a mountain” refers to the power of belief. “Why do we strive?” asked Mao. He encouraged the graduating students that one’s lives would not be in vain if they can contribute to the country and society.
At the end of his speech, the president said that as SZUers work towards solving problems for others and the world, it is equally important to take care of their own lives, families, and well-being. He hoped that students can rest easy without worries when in peace and be prepared for challenges. He encouraged them to stay connected to Shenzhen, where their dreams originated. Above all, he wished that each new morning would bring them fresh opportunities to tackle problems and pursue their dreams.