On July 12th 2017, the SUSTech Graduate Enrollment Summer Camp kicked off with the opening ceremony. The SUSTech Summer Camp is composed of around 400 outstanding students selected out of over 2000 applicants. They hail from Peking University, Zhejiang University, China University of Science and Technology, HIT, and other top institutes of China, as well as from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of New York, University of Surrey and other overseas universities.
Among the notable attendants were President of SUSTech Chen Shiyi, Vice President and Dean of Graduate School Tang Tao, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Yu Dapeng, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Professor of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences Chen Xiaofei, Head of the Department of Mathematics Xia Zhihong, Head of the Department of Chemistry Zhang Xumu, Head of the Materials and Science Engineering Department and head of the Department of Environmental Engineering Zheng Chunmiao, as well as other faculty leaders.
Chen Shiyi’s speech
President Chen gave a welcoming speech at the opening ceremony. He said that students who participated in the SUSTech Summer Camp could be considered lucky compared to his own experience as a postgraduate in 1982. The students all arrived recently in SUSTech's beautiful campus in Shenzhen, and will have have the opportunity to learn more about the city's and the university’s rapid development, which both attract the attention of the world’s top universities, companies and governments. They will also have the opportunity to visit some of the world's leading hi-tech companies based here in Shenzhen. As one of the students said, “if we join SUSTech in the future, we know that we have access to the best learning resources and excellent guidance from the professors here. We know it’s one of our best options.”. President Chen Shiyi said that he hoped the students would make the most of the four days of summer camp at SUSTech, to not only discover the university and its philosophy but also bring out the best of themselves and keep fantastic memories of their stay.
Tang Tao then took to the stage to talk to the young students about the university’s mission, campus planning, management system and the faculty situation. He particularly focused on the excellent professors and researchers that SUSTech has attracted. Tang Tao said that the main difference he found between graduate students and undergraduates is that graduate students pay more attention to choosing a good mentor. In this regard, he said he was very confident that SUSTech could provide the best.
Tang Tao introduced SUSTech’s profile
Zheng Chunmiao talked about being a tutor. In his speech he spoke of the "ten reasons for choosing SUSTech.” He was acclaimed by rounds of applause as he interjected humour, but also depth and relevance into his explanations.
SUSTech graduate representatives Han Zhaoyan and current summer camp organizer Ge Tianyu then took to the stage to make a wonderful speech.
After the opening ceremony, the professors and students posed for pictures.
On July 11th, the day before the opening ceremony, the summer camp participants were invited to a campus hunt as well as icebreaker games and a welcome dinner. Professor from the Mathematics Department Xia Zhihong, Chair of the Department of Physics He Jiaqing, professor from the Department of Biology Xiao Guozhi, professor of the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Department Sun Xiaowei, Chair of the Environmental Science and Engineering department Zheng Chunmiao, and more than 20 other top professors were present to meet with the students. The activities were organized to help the youngsters learn more about SUSTech and its facilities, and also meet some of their would-be tutors.
The summer camp was co-organized by the Graduate School and the Faculty office.
Group photo of the students and professors