Dear faculty, staff, students and NPU alumni home and abroad,
Happy New Year!
With the coming of spring, everything takes on a new look. 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It is a decisive year to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, to achieve the first centenary goal and to accelerate the “Double First-Class” initiative for the university.
Over the past year, under the correct leadership and strong support from the Ministry of CPC leading group and Shaanxi Provincial Party Committee, we carried out the educational campaign on the theme of “staying true to our founding mission”, continuing to promote the further development of comprehensive governing Party. The university’s Party Committee was selected as “national demonstration university for party construction”, and the Party Committee of the School of Astronautics was selected as “national model college for party construction”, and three branches were selected as “national model branch for party construction”. We held the 13th party congress of the university and drew a grand blueprint for building a world-class university with Chinese characteristics. We took the initiative to act and work to promote the high quality of the work of the school and achieved gratifying results.
This year, we have made solid progress in discipline development. We have completed the mid-term evaluation of the “double first-class” project, and its achievements have been affirmed. The qualification of the accredited academic degree authorization center has been subject to independent examination. Five disciplines are ranked in the top 1% of ESI, and materials science and engineering ESI are ranked in the top 1‰, further promoting the development of new interdisciplinary disciplines.
This year, we made new progress in personnel training. The discussion on talent training was organized and carried out in the whole university, which made clear the new goal of talent training to cultivate leading talents with national feelings, pursuit of excellence, and guidance for the future. The practice of recruiting and classifying students by big academic subjects was implemented to promote students’ overall development. We again won the “cup of excellence” in the “Challenge cup” national extracurricular academic science and technology works competition for college students. The work of ethnic unity has been launched in a solid way with the honorary title of “model collective for national ethnic unity and progress”.
This year, our scientific and technological innovation capacity has been improved. Six papers were published in the front issue of science, three of which were published in the same issue and selected as the cover, which made our school the first to publish articles in the front issue of science. 292 projects have been approved by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 31 research projects of the Ten-Million-Level have been implemented, and various models of leading projects have achieved significant original achievements. Many of the school’s scientific achievements were displayed in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of new China. The winning of eight national science and technology awards reached a record high. Platt is listed on the board of science and technology innovation, and new breakthroughs have been made in the transformation and industrialization of scientific and technological achievements.
This year, our high-level personnel team has made new progress. A total of 45 national high-level talents have been added, including one academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, five distinguished professors of Changjiang Scholars, ranking 4th in China, six “Ten Thousand Leading People”, four government special allowance winners, one of the hundred and ten million talent project, six of the youth talent support program, two young Changjiang scholars, three excellent young scholars. Nine were selected as “highly cited scientists” in the world, ranking 14th in China.
This year, we made new breakthroughs in the strategy of opening up schools. We completed the campus planning of Taicang campus and started the first-phase construction project, and implemented the deployment schedule of docking and cooperation, strengthening the cooperation with affiliated institutions. Ningbo institute, Shanghai collaborative innovation center have been set up and running, and the fusion production and education cooperation agreement was signed with Beijing Tongzhou district government. Innovation mechanism in Shenzhen, Chongqing, Qingdao, Taicang, etc have been steadily promoted. Shaanxi space power research institute and Shaanxi network innovation institute achieved preliminary results. We initiated the establishment of “One Belt and One Road” international cooperation alliance for cultural heritage and became a new member of IAF. Academician Huang Wei officially assumed the chairmanship of the Asia-Pacific Engineering Cooperation Organization Federation. Seven new university partners ranking among the top 200 in the world were added to take the lead in the development of related subsystems of Macao’s first scientific experimental satellite, as a tribute to the 20th anniversary of Macao’s return to China.
This year, our social influence has further expanded. CCTV reported on NPU and our people for 25 times. People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, Guangming Daily and other mainstream media reported on the school’s experience and achievements for more than 100 times. We actively promoted poverty alleviation efforts in Rongshui, Guangxi and Hanzhong, Shaanxi. The drama “Looking for Shi Changxu” was selected as one of the first batch of “action plan for promotion of original high-quality college culture” by the Ministry of Education. Three alumni were elected academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, six the “Feng Ru aviation science and technology elite award”, two the “He Liang He Li foundation” and two the “national May Day labor medal”.
Looking back to the past year, we embraced those shining memories while looking into the future, we strive full of confidence and expectations. Standing at a new historical starting point, we must stay true to our original aspiration, keep our mission in mind, nurture first-class talents and deliver first-class results, promote the “double first-class” development, and write a new chapter in our journey to build a world-class university with Chinese characteristics.
Finally, we wish you a happy new year! All the best wishes to you!
Zhang Wei, Chairman of University Affairs Committee of Northwestern Polytechnical University
Wang Jinsong, President of Northwestern Polytechnical University
Jan 1, 2020
（Translation：Wang Juan, Reviewer:Ruan Hongmei)