Commemoration Meeting Held to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law


ZUEL News— (Reporter: Xu Jianfei, Photographer: Xu Zhichi) On the morning of October 28th, a grand commemorative meeting was held in the Art Stadium to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL). More than 5,000 guests, alumni, teachers and students gathered together, to celebrate the 70th birthday of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, reviewing the school's determined journey and looking forward to the blueprint for future development. Luan Yongyu, Secretary of the Party Committee of ZUEL, presided over the meeting.

Guests present at the meeting: 

Yu Weiping, member of the Party Committee and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Finance; Yu Gesheng, member of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC, member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, former Vice Chairman of the National Social Security Fund; Xiao Wei, Chief Auditor of the Bank of China; Liao Lin, Vice President of China Construction Bank; Yang Yunyan, Vice Governor of People’s Government of Hubei Province; Guo Yuejin, Vice Chairman of Hubei Provincial Political Consultative Conference, Chairman of Hubei Provincial Committee of the Democratic National Construction Association; Yang Jingyu, Vice Chairman of the Institute of Institutional Theory of National People's Congress System; He Keng, former Deputy Director of the National Bureau of Statistics; Lin Jianchao, former Office Director of the General Staff Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army; Li Chunming, former Party Secretary and Deputy Director of the Standing Committee of Hubei Provincial People's Congress; Li Daomin, former President of Henan Provincial Higher People's Court; leaders of Wuhan Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government; heads of relevant departments in Hubei Province; Presidents and Vice Presidents of 20 universities in 12 countries including Russia, Italy, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Serbia, Austria, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand; leaders of associate universities and organizations; ZUEL alumni representatives, retired staff, representatives of teachers and students at school; other guests that care and support Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.

The Supreme People's Court, the Supreme People's Procuratorate, China Law Society, and more than 100 domestic universities have sent congratulatory messages, including Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Renmin University of China. We also have received congratulatory messages from cooperative universities, including University of Glasgow, University of Montreal, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg State University of Economics, and Kobe University.

At 9:30, we sang the national anthem of the People's Republic of China under the direction of 89-year-old Ms. Zheng Xiaoying, who graduated from our university in the year of 1952. She is the first female symphony conductor of New China as well as the artistic director and chief conductor of Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. Then the commemorative meeting officially began with the majestic national anthem. Subsequently, the student representatives presented bouquets to aged professors and alumni to show our respect and gratitude for teachers’ hard work and alumni’s contributions.

Entrusted by Chen Baosheng, Party Secretary and Minister of the Ministry of Education, Du Yubo, former Party Deputy Secretary and Deputy Minister, also the President of the China Association of Higher Education, came to our school to attend the ceremony on October 27th. He had a discussion with the school leaders and attended the Chinese-Foreign University Presidents Forum, at which he delivered a warm speech and affirmed the academic achievements of ZUEL, and then raised ardent expectations. His remarks show the concerns and care from Ministry of Education, and encourage everyone in ZUEL.

On behalf of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Finance and Minister Liu Kun, Vice Minister and members of the Party Committee Yu Weiping congratulated all teachers, students and alumni of our school. He said that Zhongnan University of Economics and Law has a glorious revolutionary tradition and profound cultural deposits. It has important historical position and social influence in the development of China's financial, economic and legal disciplines. It is also an important training base for national high-level financial and economic management talents and senior legal talents, and an important research base for economic policy, legal construction and financial management research. During these 70 years, ZUEL has trained tens of thousands of talents for the country and has played an important role in the construction of the economy and the rule of law. In this process, ZUEL seized every opportunity to be listed as Double First-class University, and took the lead in setting up the first-class financial discipline construction alliance and then served as the chairman. Especially in October 2012, the Ministry of Finance signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education and the People's Government of Hubei Province to jointly build Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, which actively promoted resource sharing and reinforced complementary advantages, maintaining close relationship and cooperation between the Ministry of Finance and ZUEL. ZUEL has given strong support to the Ministry of Finance in many fields, such as research on major theoretical and practical issues, decision-making consultation, and leader training in the financial system, which has achieved fruitful results. The Ministry of Finance will continue to give strong support to ZUEL, to provide good environment and conditions for the reform and development of ZUEL and the construction of Double First-class Universities. The Ministry of Finance believes that ZUEL will take the 70th anniversary as an opportunity to further implement Xi Jinping's socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics in the new era and the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, as well as carry out the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech at the National Education Conference to build a high-level humanities and social sciences university, making new and greater contributions to our dream of realizing great national rejuvenation.

On behalf of Hubei Provincial CPC Committee, Yang Yunyan, the vice-governor of Hubei expressed warm congratulations to all the stuff and alumnus at home and abroad of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. He pointed that ZUEL had delivered more than 30,000 high quality talents to the society and played an important role in the process of rejuvenation of our country through secience and education and the strategy of talents by insisting in the direction of running the school with Chinese characteristics, further carrying out the basic task of developing the morals and talents. The school has made full use of its subject advantages, synergized Hubei developing strategy, and carried out the research of theoretical problems and practical problems through deep communication and cooperation, bringing some remarkable and influential outcomes. Furthermore, a group of experts have made suggestions to the economic society of Hubei by various approaches to provide Hubei with stong intelligence support and a guarantee of talents. 

The Provincial Party Commitee and the government Hubei have paid much attention to the establishment and development of ZUEL, they signed the agreeement with the ministry of education and the ministry of finance to bulid ZUEL in 2012 and listed it into the Double first-class universities built by the joint and key construction with provincial ministry of education. What’s more, Hubei provincial party commitee and government will care for and give support to the development of ZUEL as usual, provide stronger guarantee, better conditions, better atomosphere, and promote ZUEL to develop better and faster and create more achievements in the process of Double-first establishment.  

Yang Canming, president of our school delivered his speech in the meeting. He expressed the warmest welcome to the present leaders and distinguished guests on behalf of all the stuff, he extended cordial greetings to over 30,000 alumnus at home and abroad and showed the most heartfelt thanks to the friends from various fields who have been supporting the development of ZUEL.

He said that ZUEL haddone a new brilliant job in the past 70 years, for the development of ZUEL coincided with the development of our country and nation and it provided wisdom and power to the development of national and local economic society. He looked back on the 70-year magnificent course of running the school, and emphasized that the school was on and off several times and the name of the school had been changed many times, but the original intention of our school, to seek truth and pragmatic innovation lasts from the time when it was called Zhongyuan University  to the school motto spirit of being knowledgeable of history and reason and making contributions to the world with lofty morality. A large number of outstanding and practical talents were cultivated according to the idea of cultivating and transporting badly needed talents and the goal to build a university for the needs of the people.

Our school had formed the characteristics of operating itself with the main force of finance and law, and formed the idea of running the school with characteristics and obtaining the first-class grades. The subject advantage of main branches such as economy, law and management had been strengthened constantly, which promoted our school to be the decisive basement of higher education in our country.

Yang Canming pointed out that as a liberal art and social science university, ZUEL had made full use of the subject advantage of economy, law and management, formed its own characteristics and its own style, generated its own wisdom and put forward its own plan. Our school persisted in the developmental direction of the combination of economics and law, and created the style of combination and innovation, management of the country and welfare to the people. It had made great achievements in talents cultivation, science research, social service, cultural inheritance and innovation and the international communication and cooperation, it had made great contributions to the development of the market economy with Chinese characteristics and national democratic and legal construction.

Since the socialism with Chinese characteristics entered a new era, our school has undertaken the glory mission of establishing the model of morality and cultivating the talents. 

Yang Canming expressed that our school would further strengthening the four awarenesses, insisting on the four confidence and fufilling the four services with the guideline of the thought of socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the new era. ZUEL implemented the educational methods of our Party completely, insisted on the instructive position of Marxism, educational developmental road based on the theory of socialism with Chinese characteristics, direction of running the school with socialism. Our school strived to develop the socilism erector and successor who are developed in an all-round way in Moral, intellectual, physical, physical, and labor. It endeavored to do the education task satisfying the people, and contributed its own strength to the China Dream of a prosperous country, national rejuvenation and people’s welfare.

As the sayings goes, there is few people can live to their 70-year-old age , whereas a school is young if it is at the age of 70. As saying goes as soon as all the people strive for the same goal regardless of any difficulty, we can realize our dream one day. Yang Canming said, only if all the stuff  in ZUEL held the same dream, stood on the solid ground despite of any hardships, we will be able to inherit the relief and dream of our school motto, write new honor and glory, step for the dream of forging a domestic first-class, internationally renowned research university with distinctive characteristics.

On behalf of domestic fellow colleges and universities, Jiang Chuanhai, President of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), extended his sincere congratulations to all teachers, students, staff and alumni of our university. 

As he pointed out in his speech, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL), one of the two universities founded by Communist Party of China before the founding of the People’s Republic of China, has always shared a common destiny with our Party and country over the past 70 years. Deeply rooted in China, ZUEL has remained its  revolutionary spirit and original aspiration to cultivate outstanding talents for the Party and the country by adhering to the principle of “Highlighting features, ranking world-class” and the spirit of “Pursing virtue, justice, innovation and supreme goodness”. Especially after the merger of Zhongnan University of Finance and Economics and University of Political Science and Law in 2000, ZUEL has stepped into rapid development, demonstrating increasingly stronger comprehensive strength.

Blessed with the top source of undergraduate students in China, ZUEL represents a national powerhouse of education for economics and law, as it drives education and teaching reform in real earnest and trains top-notch innovative talents vigorously in keeping with the student-oriented ideology and talent-cultivating characteristics of flexibility, innovation and openness.

Boasting the school-running advantages in economics, law and management, ZUEL has built a distinctive discipline system to accelerate the collaborative innovation and development of subjects. On top of that, it has proactively built a well-known and influential high-end think tank which satisfies the needs of economic construction and social development, and made a series of significant achievements that facilitate national and local economic development by giving full play to disciplinary strengths, shaping the brand of ZUEL in social service. 

Over the past 70 years, ZUEL has nurtured a host of excellent talents, who have won wide praise and approval from the community for their leading achievements in political, academic, business and other circles and significant contributions to socialism with Chinese characteristics as well as prosperity of higher education. On behalf of a fellow university, he expressed his heartfelt pleasure for the series of great achievements made by ZUEL.

ZUEL has maintained a close and friendly relationship with SUFE and other fellows for a long time. Remarkable achievements have been made with the concerted efforts to boost national education development on the basis of fostering their distinctive school-running features and leveraging their respective strengths. 

Jiang chuanhai expects that ZUEL and SUFE will join hand together to seize new opportunities, respond to new challenges, shoulder new missions to make greater contributions to promoting higher education reform and development, building a powerful country with higher education and achieving the two centenary goals and the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.

Zhang Jiguo, President of Dongseo University (DSU) in South Korea, delivered his speech on behalf of overseascolleges and universities. As he praised, ZUEL, one of the top universities in Wuhan and even in south central China, has played a pivotal role in China and created a glorious history in the past 70 years. A large number of graduates take the lead in economic and legal fields to help formulate local policies and expedite social and economic development.

With the cooperation between DSU and ZUEL going on for over 10 years, graduates from China and South Korea School of New Media are playing an important role in many world-renowned companies, which ascribes to the excellent talent cultivation system of ZUEL. He is convinced that ZUEL, as a powerhouse of knowledge and wisdom, will keep contributing to national development and serving for people’s happiness.

Zheng Zhujun, professor in Law School, offered her speech on behalf of all teachers. A soulful review on her 40-year university experience from a student to a teacher reveals how ZUEL has been driven forward. She has been proud and honored to participate in and witness the growth of ZUEL. She sincerely wished ZUEL would embrace a even brighter future in the time to come.

Deng Zehua, a postgraduate of 2017, expressed his great appreciation and blessings on behalf of all students. As he mentioned, ZUEL renders a broad platform for students who are striving to become outstanding talents and devote themselves to the realization to the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.

Wang Zilin, alumnus of 1978 majoring in finance and Chairman of the Board of Zhonglian Holding Group, made his speech on behalf of alumni. In his retrospect of his years at ZUEL, he thinks schooling experiences has posed an indelible influence on his outlook on life, world and value, which is the spiritual wealth for all students from alma mater.

As a university of humanities and social sciences lying by mountains and lakes, ZUEL focuses on the cultivation of the “water” culture. During the commemoration meeting, thewater collectionceremony of “Emotional Convergence at ZUEL” was solemn and touching where 42 representatives of regional alumni associations brought their local water together, which symbolizes the gathering at ZUEL of alumni fellows in all directions.

As Luan Yongyu pointed out when hosting the commemoration meeting, The development of ZUEL embodies the hard work and wisdom of zuelers from generation to generation, as well as the attention and support from various social circles, which are the power source of its flourish. The 70th anniversary represents a milestone in the development of ZUEL, serves as a bond that unites the strength of teachers, students, alumni and members of the community for a brighter future and represents a new beginning to advance with greater courage. ZUEL promises to fully implement the guidelines from the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and the 19th National Party Congress, and to learn and carry out the principles from the important addresses of President Xi in National Educational Congress and Conference on Undergraduate Education in National Higher Education Schools For a New Era. Alongside that, ZUEL will put into practice the basic task of fostering virtue through education and expedite the construction of “Double First-Class”, aiming at building ZUEL intoa distinctive research university which is both first-class at home and well-known abroad as soon as possible.