2017 was a year of great accomplishments, growth, and achievements for Tsinghua. At the beginning of 2018, we have compiled a list of top ten news stories of 2017.
1. Tsinghua Research Achievements Win 22 State Science and Technology Awards
22 Tsinghua research achievements recently were recognized at the 2016 State Science and Technology Awards. Tsinghua professors accepted the awards on January 9th at the annual National Science-Technology Award Ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Of Tsinghua’s awards, four were State Natural Science Awards, two were State Technological Invention Awards, and sixteen were State Scientific and Technological Progress Awards. Altogether eight research achievements were completed by Tsinghua as the lead research institution in collaboration with others.
2. Tsinghua University and Politecnico di Milano collaborate in the establishment of Sino-Italian Design Innovation Hub
On February 22, under the witness of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Italian President Sergio Mattarella, the President of Tsinghua University Qiu Yong and the President of the Politecnico di Milano Ferruccio Resta signed the agreement, in the Great Hall of the People, for collaboration to establish the Sino-Italian Design Innovation Hub in Milan. It will be the first education and research base set up by Tsinghua University in Europe, indicating the comprehensive implementation of Tsinghua University’s global strategy.
3. The Suanbiao in Tsinghua Bamboo Slips：the World’s Oldest Decimal Multiplication Table Awarded by Guinness World Record
The Suanbiao, a bamboo-slip manuscript of twenty-one bamboo slips in the Tsinghua collection, is a decimal multiplication table for numbers up to 99.5 when it is reconstructed in the correct order. It was awarded the Guinness World Record for “the oldest decimal multiplication table” in the world on April 23, 2017.
4. Liu Yandong opens the Asian Universities Alliance Founding Assembly and the first AUA Summit
Integrate Asian Wisdom, Shape a Better Future
The Asian Universities Alliance Founding Assembly and the first AUA Summit were held in Beijing on April 29th. Vice-Premier Liu Yandong attended the summit and delivered the keynote speech.
The AUA is a university alliance jointly established by 15 representative universities from Asian countries on the basis of the developing trend of higher education in Asia and following a proposal by Tsinghua University.
At the AUA Board Meeting held on April 28th, 2017, Tsinghua University was elected the founding President of AUA.
5. Tsinghua President Qiu Yong Addresses the Commencement of the Inaugural Class of Schwarzman Scholars-Encouraging the Schwarzman Scholars to be a sailor of the world
Tsinghua University President Qiu Yong attended and addressed the commencement of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, held at Schwarzman College on July 1st.
A landmark scholarship for the defining challenge of our time, “Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University” is a Master’s degree program designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders.
6. Tsinghua founds Department of the History of Science and begins construction of the Science Museum
The founding ceremony for the Department of the History of Science, Tsinghua University, was held at Tsinghua on June 30th.
The Department will carry out academic research focusing on four aspects: the history of Western science and technology, the history of modern science and technology in China, the philosophy of science and technology, and scientific communication and science museum studies.
7. Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) Opening Celebration- The GIX Building in Seattle Opens