In the afternoon of September 11, 2021. The school of General engineering held the opening ceremony for undergraduate freshmen 2021 in the new main building D1120. The ceremony was hosted by Vice-Dean Sun Xiaoqian. Jin Tian, the Vice Director of Academic Affairs office, Dean Wen Dongsheng, and several foreign and Chinese faculties of SGE attended the event as well.
First of all, Jin Tian, deputy director of the Academic Affairs Office, gave a welcome speech. Based on the talent training mode of Beihang University "cultivate sense of belonging, strengthen foundation knowledge, highlight social practices, and integrate input with output ", he put came up with four hopes for the students of SGE, “never forgetting to serve the country, strengthening basic knowledge learning, being eager for learning and working hard in scientific research, and bringing in interdisciplinary thoughts”.
Then, Professor Harold, chairman of the International Advisory Committee of SGE delivered an online speech, hoping that the new students could not only learn new knowledge and skills, but also grow into useful talents with leadership, creativity and willingness to serve the society.
The representative of SGE foreign faculty Ali cited Chomsky's wording to express his hope for students "To be truly educated from this point of view means to be in a position to inquire and to create on the basis of the resources available to you which you've come to appreciate and comprehend. To know where to look, to know how to formulate serious questions, to find your own way, to shape the questions that are worth pursuing, and to develop the path to pursue them."
Zhu Tianyi, the freshman representative, said that he hoped that in the next four years, he would try his best to seize every possible opportunity to improve himself, and develop comprehensively while learning and mastering skills. Through trial and error, he would find the right answer to learn efficiently in university and in SGE.
Finally, Professor Wen Dongsheng, Dean of the School, made a concluding speech. With the names of the three Mars probes as the reference, He expresses the ardent hope for the freshmen. "Imagination" encourages the freshmen to give full play to the initiative of Imagination and explore the infinite possibilities in their own professional fields in their future study and life; "Curiosity" inspires new students to always keep in mind the importance of curiosity, the essence of curiosity could explore the unknown mystery, “Perseverance” encourages new students to have the courage to work deeply in their chosen field of study.
After the ceremony, the teachers and students of the school talked freely in the hallways and classrooms to answer freshmen's questions about the University and SGE.