On the morning of June 15, the graduation ceremony of the class of 2021 undergraduate students of SGE and its achievement exhibition were held in the auditorium of the Ruxin conference center. The graduation ceremony and achievements display activities were presided over by Vice President Huang Haijun.
At the beginning of the activity, the whole audience watched the graduation video We written and created by the students of SGE, which in the perspective of graduates records their four years of growth and transformation. It not only shows the youthful development of SGE students in the international education and teaching environment, but also expresses the graduates' gratitude and deep attachment to their alma mater and school.
Prof. Xu Huibin, President of Beihang University and Director of SGE Management Committee, delivered a speech. He fully affirmed the outstanding achievements of the first batch of SGE graduates. SGE took the lead in Beihang University in realizing that 100% of students participated in various international exchanges and conferences, and 100% participated in students' scientific innovation activities. He encouraged SGE students to make persistent efforts, live up to public expectations and gain greater achievements in a bigger stage, to show SGE and Beihang University to the world.
Xu Haoqing, deputy director of the Department of Foreign Expert Services of the Ministry of Science and Technology, delivered a speech, in which he affirmed and congratulated the achievements of SGE in faculty construction, talent cultivation model exploration, teaching methods innovation, internationalization services and other aspects. He also pointed out that, at the time when the nation was solemnly commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Party, SGE welcomed the first graduation ceremony of undergraduates, which is a valuable gift from Beihang University to the centennial of the Party. He expressed his earnest hope for the future development of SGE, expecting that SGE will continue to explore the international talent cultivation system in line with China's national conditions, summarize the experience, and extend its achievements to other universities to lead the cultivation of international top talents.
As a sister institution of the Internationalization Demonstration College Promotion Program, Dean Duan Huiling of the School of Engineering of Peking University was invited to attend the ceremony and delivered a speech. She congratulated the completion of the first round of undergraduate cultivation in SGE and looked forward to strengthening communication with SGE, broadening the areas of cooperation and working together to improve the influence of Chinese universities in the world.
Sun Xiaoqian, the Vice President of SGE, read out the list of graduates' commendation and congratulated students who were awarded "outstanding graduates of Beijing" and "outstanding graduates of Beihang University". Due to the outbreak, Professor Harold P. Sursen, a representative of foreign teachers, and Etienne Ravaud, the Engineering Director of Airbus Beijing Engineering Center, who were unable to attend the ceremony, sent their good wishes and sincere expectations to the first SGE graduates by video, inculcating and encouraging.
On behalf of all the SGE graduates, Liu Yuhe, the outstanding graduate of Beijing, recalled their four years of growing up, exploring and striving together with the school. She expressed her gratitude to SGE, and called on the students to stay true to their original aspiration, closely combine the realization of personal ideals with the development of the nation, and become the people of Beihang University in the new era who are brave enough to shoulder the heavy responsibilities.
He also expressed his sincere congratulations to the first Guotong students who are about to graduate. He sincerely wished every student to make good achievements in their future study and life, to be down-to-earth, to look up at the stars, to have both integrity and ability, and to integrate knowledge and action.
In his speech, the Dean of SGE, Mr. Wen Dongsheng, reviewed the development course over the past few years and summarized two distinctive features of SGE in the cultivation of international talents: firstly, the cultivation of international top talents based on localization and insisting on the road of cultivation with "me as the main focus"; secondly, the goal is to cultivate students' interdisciplinary and innovative ability. Based on the integration of air, space and information, multi-disciplinary crossover, SGE focuses on cultivating students' ability to solve complex problems in the rapidly changing international environment. Wen Dongsheng pointed out that SGE is confident to cultivate domestic leading and world-class talents with the potential of future international academic masters, and will live up to the expectations and forge ahead. Finally, on behalf of SGE, he thanked the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Beihang university for their strong support to the development of SGE, expressed heartfelt congratulations to the first batch of students who will graduate soon, and sincerely wished every student good achievements in their future study life.
All attendees visited the Graduation Achievement Exhibition, which includes multidisciplinary graduation design, project works of Introduction to General Engineering and Multidisciplinary Design, Global Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) project, high-level thesis and invention patent, statistics of admission to world-renowned universities and domestic further education, volunteer service and social practice, international exchange and cooperation of students, etc., showing the remarkable achievements of SGE in internationalization.
Accompanied by the melodious school song "Look Up to the Stars", the 2021 undergraduate graduation ceremony and achievement exhibition of SGE came to an end, and all the participants took a group photo in front of the Aerospace Museum.
The School of General Engineering (SGE) has been selected by the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs and the Ministry of Education of China as an "International Model School" with a "Pioneer Project for an International Model School of Higher Education" in 2015. The school started to recruit undergraduates in 2017 and joined the NAE-Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) in 2018, which is a brand institute for international talent cultivation and education and teaching reform in the construction of "New Engineering Subjects" at Beihang University. In October 2020, the university decided to merge the School of General Engineering and the International Research Institute for Multidisciplinary Science, and start recruiting the first graduate students in 2021, giving full play to the advantages of both institutes and gradually establish and improve the forefront of world science and technology of top creative talent cultivation system, further create fusion science and education internationalization demonstration zone of Beihang University.
Four years of hard work have brought us a fruitful harvest. Among the first 39 graduates, 10 of them are going to study abroad, including Johns Hopkins University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carnegie Mellon University, Imperial College, University College London, ETH Zurich, Royal Institute of Technology, Delft University of Technology, Politecnico di Milano, etc., and 25 of them are going to study in China. Nearly 30 students have received awards from international and national student competitions and activities, and many students have published high-level academic papers and granted patents. The first graduates have also been awarded the "Pioneer Cup" excellent group branch in Beijing, "Youth serving the country" top 100 teams of summer social practice for university and high school students in the capital, the standard group branch of Beihang University, and the excellent academic style class.