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New Year’s Message from the Chancellor and the President——Chancellor Zhao Lingyun

Revision:Professor Zhao Lingyun, Chancellor; Hao Fanghua, President and Vice-ChancellorDate:2019/12/31

Dear colleagues, students, alumni and friends,

At this beautiful moment of bidding farewell to the old and ushering the new, on behalf of the school Party committee and administration, we would like to extend the New Year greetings to all colleagues and students, retired comrades, alumni at home and abroad, and all those who have been committed to and supported the development of Central China Normal University.

For all CCNUers, 2019 marks not only a year of weathering the storms and making painstaking explorations, but also a year of striving for excellence and progress.

In the past year, we stayed true to our original aspiration, worked hard to press ahead, strengthened the Party’s leadership and promoted school building in all respects. We gained command of and further implemented the spirit of theCPC’s 19th National Congress, the second, third and fourth plenary sessions of the 19th CPC Central Committee and the National Education Conference. We followed the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and vigorously carried forward the education campaign themed “staying true to our founding mission”. We conscientiously worked to rectify problems identified in the inspection and promoted the standardization of school governance and management. Through multi-channel fundraising, CCNU achieved a total revenue of 2.5 billion yuan. The Nanhu Complex Building was built, and the rainwater diversion construction and trunk road reconstruction put a new face on the campus. Also, CCNU was selected to be one of the first batch of pilot units for education media convergence, and the School of Marxism of CCNU was included in the third batch of national key Marxism schools. One Party committee and two Party branches were awarded national models for the second batch of Party building in the new era among higher educational institutions. Moreover, CCNU launched the Support Program for Excellent Scholars and Educators. Three more professors were included in the Chang Jiang Scholars Program, three more experts were granted government special allowance of the State Council, 23 more staffs in total received national or provincial support. One scholar was awarded National Excellent Educator.

In the past year, we carried out arduous struggles with a pioneering spirit to promote the “Double-First Class” construction and discipline construction. The funding for 2020 issued by the government increased significantly compared to last year, and the performance management of the “Double-First Class” construction funds was recognized by the Ministry of Finance. We won the first prize of Science and Technology Development of the 2019 Outstanding Science Research Achievement of Higher Institutions (Science and Technology). We deepened the comprehensive reform of undergraduate education and carried forward the undergraduate talent training system for a new era, featuring all-rounded development. We successfully completed the inspection of the third-level and second-level normal majors’ authentication. In the meantime, the amount of Golden Class constructed went beyond the annual target of the MOOCs construction. The total amount of scientific research funds hit another record high, with the funding for humanities and social sciences projects exceeding 100 million yuan and the funding rate of the National Natural Science Foundation reaching 30%. Two national scientific research platforms and two key research bases of the Ministry of Education were established in CCNU.

In the past year, we reinforced overseas communication and the principle of win-win cooperation to embrace the world and nurture friendship. We received more than 100 overseas visiting groups and 758 foreign visitors, and 2056 CCNU teachers and students went abroad for communication and exchanges. We attached great importance to the exchanges and cooperation, and held the 2nd Seminar of National Reunification and National Rejuvenation and the 4th East Lake Forum for Cross-Strait Youth. The Shenzhen Research Institute of CCNU was established to integrate education into national development. We actively strengthened the communication with the local government and alumni to create communities of shared future for Wuhan, our alumni and CCNU. Over 3000 alumni returned to their alma mater in 2019.

The past year saw CCNU achieving fruitful outcomes. On behalf of the school Party committee and administration, we wish to express our genuine gratitude to all the CCNU colleagues, students, and alumni at home and abroad.

General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that China's yesterday had been inscribed in human history while China’s today is being created in the hands of hundreds of millions of Chinese people, and China will surely have an even brighter future. It takes the efforts of generations of CCNUers to work tirelessly to build a bright future for CCNU, and now it is our time to shoulder the responsibilities.

In 2020, the period covered by the 13th Five-Year Plan will come to a close. 2020 marks the decisive year of finishing building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects and achieving the first centenary goal. It is also the year to embark on a journey to fully build a modern socialist China. We should bear in mind the CCNU spirit of “loyalty, erudition, simplicity and fortitude” and the school motto of “seek truth, make innovations, enhance morality and foster talents”. We have to avoid the distractions of unsubstantial ideas and superficial fame. We should focus on realizing the first centenary goal and preparing for the 120th anniversary of CCNU, develop firm ideals and convictions and have our feet firmly on the ground. We should make efforts to realize the Dream of CCNU and celebrate with outstanding accomplishments the 12th Party Congress of CCNU, and more importantly, make CCNU’s contribution to realizing the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation!

The bell for the year 2020 is about to ring, we would like to wish all the colleagues, students, alumni and friends good health and a Happy New Year! Wish CCNU a better and more brilliant future!

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