Speech in 110th Anniversary Celebration of Tongji Medical College

Unity for Excellence

Speech by Deanof  Tongji Medical College, Prof. CHEN Jianguoin 110th Anniversary Celebration of Tongji Medical College

Distinguished Leaders, Guests, Friends,

Dear Alumni, faculty members, students,

Good Morning.

Wuhan in May is of moderate heats. Summertime just begins with trees and grass flourishing.

Tongji Medical College in May is of unstoppable passion, with friends and elites gathering.

Today witnesses the 110thanniversary of Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Over 1,200 guests home and abroad gather here to celebratethe event, sharing its accomplishments of medical development.On behalf ofthe College, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the attending leaders and guests, and sincere gratitude to friends and all those supporting us. I would also like to show my highest respect to all the faculty and staff members, retiree leaders, and senior professors that make great contributions to our college.

110 years ago, Dr. Erich Paulun founded German Medical School, which is the start point of Tongji’s century glory, andofChinese modern medical education. Looking back, we feel nostalgic but gratified: for social wellbeing, medical education and moral cultivation, Tongji fellows have created miracles one and another. Bonded with the rise and fall of the nation,theCollege develops from the darkness to the light, from weakness to strength. Tongji deserved its mission. We are proud to be a part of it.

Tongji in Chinese means sailing in the same boat, withcore spiritofunity and compassion. Through all the difficulties for over a century,thebrilliant accomplishmentsof Tongjistem from the following five qualities.

First of all, Tongji Medical College is always in the same boat with the national revival and prosperity.

In the Long March of 110 years, Tongji fellows take the challenges. TheCollege was founded in the years of hardship, facing the poverty and devastation of the Old Chinaand taking the responsibility of human wellbeing.

In the Long March of 110 years, Tongji fellows overcome difficulties. Experiencing the war time,from the Revolution of 1911, the Northern Expedition, the War of Resistance against Japan, to the War of Liberation, during the migrations over 6 provinces, Tongji faculty members walked through thousandsof miles and persisted in the work of education, healthcare and scientific research, making great contributions to homeland defense.

In the Long March of 110 years, Tongji fellows gain remarkable achievements with the rise oftheNew China. It is one of the pioneers of modern medical education in China, and living fossil of Chinese medical education history.

Second, Tongji Medical College is always in the same boat with modern medical education.

Hospitals save lives for some time; schools save lives for generations. This is the idea on which the establishment of German Medical School based after Dr. Paulun founded Paulun Hospital. The original intention of the medical college is training medical elites. The 110-year history of Tongji Medical College is the duration in which we hold the initial will and make progress in education quality. It is also a history that we follow the trend of times and seize the reform opportunities.

For 110 years, the medical education of Tongji develops with the times. Based on 3 German teachers, the number of our faculty members now amounted to over 2,000. The enrollments of Tongji students rise from 33 to more than 9,000. The Physiology Building witnessed the difficulties of our starting period; the Racecourse embraced the efforts that faculty and students contributed for the relocation; the PBL Building experienced the obstacles and passion of the reform.

For 110 years, we lead the reform of medical education. Tongji Medical Collegeis the first institution accredited for Undergraduate Medical Education Standard Certification, first certified for doctorate and master degree accreditation, first offeringseven-year and eight-year curriculum on clinical medicine, firstqualifiedforinternational clinical medicine disciplines, first included inthePhysician Education and Training Program of Excellence.It is alsoone of the first institutions with state-level experimental demonstration centers for preclinical medicine, clinical medicine, and preventive medicine, and first-round medical college jointly supported by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

For 110 years, the land of Tongji has cultivated over 80,000 medical students, and 15 academicians home and abroad. Among them are masters, basic medical workers, well-known medical management experts, and world-class professors. A great number of models are esteemed for their dedications: “People’s Medical Expert”,QiuFazu, “Father of China’s Hepatobiliary Surgery”, WuMengchao, Health Ministers QianXinzhong, HeJiesheng, YinDakui, Academician of National Academy of Medicine, Frank B. Hu, “People’s Good Doctor”, WeiJia’ning, National Labor Model, ZhengJiabao, “China's Inspirational Role Model”, GuiXi’en, National Moral Model, WangZhengyan, and etc.

On March 16 this year, Tongji alumni Academician WuMengchao and family doctor ZhuLan’guang were included in the Top 10 Chinese Doctors of Virtue, by National Health and Family Planning Commission and China Central Television. They are the best illustration of the brand of Tongji Education.

Third,Tongji Medical College is always in the same boat with medical technological innovation of China.

Tongji Medical College integrates the medical service, education, and research into unity, developing different fields simultaneously. The leading and promoting role of scientific innovation is specially emphasized. Tongji experts take the strategy of “Curing diseases for millions not just one”, and inherit the spiritual legacy of research innovation.

In the 1930s, Tongji experts discovered “OncomelaniaanhuinensisLii” and “OncomelaniaYaoi”, making outstanding contributions to the study of parasitology in China.

In the 1940s, Tongji people first discovered the prevention scheme forpadisease prevailing at the south of Sichuan, saving the life of millions of local people.

In the 1950s, Tongji initiated the “antimony potassium tartrate three-day treatment”, healing more than 5 million schistosomiasis patients.

In the 1960s, Tongji experts invented the first echocardiogram instrument synchronized with ECG and PCG of China.

In 1970s, Tongji Medical College first conducted research study and clinical experiment of organ transplantation national-wide, and established the first transplantation research institution.

In 1980s, a new disorder of platelet aggregation defect was first discovered global-wide, named as Shen Di Disease.

In 1990s,“in-vitro cultured calculus bovis” invented by Tongji became the only traditional Chinese medicine in the four first class national new drugs.

Since the amalgamation in 2000, Tongji Medical College fully exploits the advantages of comprehensive university and interdisciplinary fields with engineering and science subjects. The College keeps in step with the leading edge of medical science and fundamental demands of the state, gaining a series of summit accomplishments in the fields including major diseases of the nervous system, clinical cancer, biological medicine, major infectious diseases, surgical and organ transplantation, preventive medicine, medical imaging and etc.

In the new century, Tongji Medical College has won 19 state-level prizes, and also the third most medical projects supported by National Natural Science Foundation.The publication of high-level medical research report achieves blowout growth.Moreover,the disciplines those hold top 1% in ESI global discipline ranking rapidly increase with much higher positions. The medical research community called this spurt of achievement as “Tongji Phenomenon”.

Forth, Tongji Medical College isalways in the same boat with people’s health and safety.

Society nurtures the College, and the College gives back.

In 1951, responding to the call of the central government, Tongji Medical College and its affiliated Tongji Hospital moved from Shanghai to Wuhan, leading and promoting the development of health and medical care in central south China. Tongji Medical College merged with the medical school of Wuhan University and Wuhan Union Hospital, formed Central South Tongji College and developed a more powerful system of teaching, research and medical service.

Affiliated Tongji Hospital and Union hospital are leading hospitals nationwide and they are medical centers of Central China. Both hospitals have achieved a number of unprecedented breakthroughs in medical technology: firstseparation surgery of ischiopagustetrapus twins in China, the first right liver lobectomy in China, the firstsimultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation in Asia-Pacific, the first splenic transplantation in the world. As newly affiliated hospitals,Hubei Cancer Hospital, Wuhan Women and Children Medical Care Center, Wuhan Central Hospital, Wuhan Pu-Ai Hospital, Wuhan Integrated TCM & Western Medicine Hospital, and Wuhan Mental Health Center further develop and strengthen the affiliation system of Tongji, forming a new pattern of “comprehensive hospitals dominant, special hospitals featured”.

From the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake to the SARS outbreak, from Lesotho to Algeria, from Xinjiang, Karamay to Sichuan, Yibin, on the frontline of various dangerous and urgent tasks, down to different grass-roots units of aid projects, wherever needed, wherever Tongji doctors come.

Here come a number of research bases responding to the social healthcare needs: National Clinical Research Center of Maternity Diseases, Chinese Basic Healthcare Security Research Center, Hubei Provincial Institution of Population and Family Planning, Hubei Tongji Forensic and Justice Identification Center, Tongji Healthcare Circle, and etc.

Fifth, Tongji Medical College isalways in the same boat with global medicine community.

Founded by Germans, Tongji Medical College itself is the product of international cooperation, with intrinsic open-minded quality. Based in China, with global insights, generations of Tongji fellows develop a resounding “Tongji Brand” in the international medicine community through continuous international exchanges of over a hundred years.

For 110 years, the Sino-German relationship has been strengthened with the time. Tongji Medical College set up the first German clinical medicine discipline, and organized the establishment ofChinesisch-Deutsche GesellschaftfürMedizin (Sino-German Society fro Medicine). The College is visited by German politician leaders including Walter Scheel,former president of West Germany;Helmut Kohl, former Chancellor of Germany;Herbert Jess, former German Minister to China;Michael Schaefer, former German Ambassador;Hermann Gröhe, FederalMinister of HealthofGermany,and etc.Also,Prof. QiuFazu and Prof. WuZhongbi have the honor to receivethe FederalGrand Cross of MeritMedals by German Government, in recognition of their contribution to the promotion of Sino-German communication. Also, we have maintained deep friendships with German institutions including Heidelberg University, University of Duisburg-Essen, University of Marburg, Saarland University, Ulm University, University of Munich,Charité – University Medicine Berlin,University of Cologne,University of Tübingen,andUniversity of Göttingen.

We have also established corporative relationships with over 40 universities and medical colleges from more than 20 countries and regions, namely Harvard University, Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, Brown University,Mount Sinai School of Medicine at NYU, Kyoto University, Kanazawa Medical University, University of Birmingham, University of Toronto,University of Bordeaux,Moscow Medical Academy, Medical University of Vienna and etc. Also, Tongji Medical College has signed over 30 interscholastic protocols for long-term collaborations.

Tongji Medical College is of strong atmosphere of international cooperation and exchanges, with almost everyday academic communications with international experts, weekly significant scholar visits, and monthly major academic conferences. International joint laboratories have considerably increased, with extraordinary achievements in the study of senile dementia, occupational hazards of dust, infectious diseases, tumor, organ transplantation and immunity, depression, brain networks and brain diseases, and other frontier fields. Also, an increasing number of Tongji students have opportunities for foreign exchange, with rising number and quality of international students coming. In the recent decade, over 200 undergraduate students have been assigned for exchange and internship in German, and full-time international students have combined 11% of the total medical students at Tongji.

Wandering in the campus of Tongji Medical College, we notice the improvement of accommodations, academic buildings and internet connections. However, we realize the challenge and responsibility. How could we cultivate more medical elites? How could we overcome more medical problems? How could we better serve to the human wellbeing?

In the 13thFive-Year Plan, “Healthy China” now becomes a national strategy. It is time for Tongji Medical College to prepare and make planning in advance.

Since the amalgamation, with the strengths of comprehensiveness and trans-disciplinary advantages of HUST, included by the national 985 Plan, Tongji Medical College obtains considerable opportunities for development. Especially in the current establishment of Double First-rate Project, the College has been in the list for key development of HUST. It is commonly agreed that a first-rate university requires a first-rate medical college, and a series of planning and actions have started. Closely following the strategy of the university, a plan of “3+1”pattern is executed, with the emphasis on “top culture, top talents, top disciplines”, and therefore establish a “top medical college”.

“Double First-Rate” Establishment, Tongji in action.

We are creating top college culture.Our fellows inherit the Tongji tradition, integrate the Tongji culture of “Unity and Rigor”with HUST culture of “Seek Truth and Make Innovation”, and fulfill the Tongji spirits of solidarity. Therefore, we are forming united medical departments, integrated cultural atmosphere, and campus oriented by “students, scholars, and academics”.

We are building a top talent team.A hierarchy of talents is forming: 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 4 Thousand Talents Programmembers, 4 National Teaching Masters, 10 Distinguished professor as Changjiang Scholar, 10Visiting Professors as Changjiang Scholar, and 18winners ofThe National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars.More importantly, increasing young elites gather here: 30 experts with titles including Thousand Talents Program for Distinguished Young Scholarsmembers,YoungTop-notch Talents,winners ofOutstanding Youth Foundation, andYoung Changjiang Scholars.Tongji Medical College has proactively established talent-introducingforums, and among them are Tongji Medical Forum and East Lake Medical Forum, essential platforms for gaining national attention and introducing medical elites.

We are constructing top disciplines.The development of medical disciplines is remarkable. In the discipline evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Education in 2012, Public Health and Preventive Medicine were ranked number one. 9 medicine-related disciplines come to top 1% in ESI global discipline ranking list, and some of them have reached1‰. The performance in other international rankings of many disciplines is also extraordinary. Next year, a brand new Translational Medicine Building with area of 33 thousand square meters will be put into use, and the sharing platform of equipment will greatly promote the develop of medical disciplines. Also, the International Medical Research Center of Optics Valley is currently under construction. As another new point of growth of disciplinary development, it will strengthen the cross-over and fusion of interdisciplinary fields of medicine with sciences and engineering.

Dear guests and friends,

We feel nostalgic when looking back the 110 years. However we find ambitions when looking forward to future.

What is Tongji about? Tongji is the portrayal of Chinese modern history, an illustration of modern medicine development in China, and also a successful example of contributions to Chinese nation which the integration of Chinese and Western civilization has made.

What is Tongji about? Tongji is a peak in medicine community. It is a brand and a belief of trust.

What is Tongji about? It is eternal spiritual home of generations of Tongji fellows.

Tongji is like a book, worthy of lifetime collecting and learning.

Tongji is like a narrative poem, depicting the duration of Chinese medical development.

Tongji is like a theme song, sung by the generations.

Tongji is all about a dream, a dream of prosperous nation and healthy people.

The commemoration meeting today is a review and a summary of the achievement of Tongji Medical College of 110 years, and also a rallying cry for the establishment of a first-rate medical college。

We promise that we will practice the mission of the university, and take the responsibility of “Cultivating talents, Curing people” with broader horizon, more open-minded attitude, more steadfast efforts, and more enthusiastic passion.

We believe that Tongji was born for medicine, and medicine flourishes by Tongji. Guided by Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Tongji Medical College will attain more brilliant accomplishments.

It is May 20 today, and it is also a day of love and warmth. On behalf of all the alumni home and abroad, faculty, and students, I would like to say, I love you, HUST; I love you, Tongji Medical College.

Thank you for attention!

2017.5.20

Unity for Excellence

Speech by Dean Prof. CHEN Jianguo in the 110th Anniversary Celebration of TMC

Today witnesses the 110th Anniversary of Tongji Medical Colege of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Over 1,200 guests home and abroad gather here to celebrate the event, Sharing its its accomplishments of medical development. On behalf of the College, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the attending leaders and guests, and sincere gratitude to friends and all those supporting us. I would also like to show my highest respect to all the faculty and staff members, retiree leaders, and senior professors that make great contributions to our college.

110 years ago, Dr. Erich Paulun founded German Medical School, which is the start point of Tongji’s century glory, and of Chinese modern medical education. Looking back, we feel nostalgic but gratified: for social wellbeing, medical education and moral cultivation, Tongji fellows have created miracles one and another. Bonded with the rise and fall of the nation, the College develops from the darkness to the light, from weakness to strength. Tongji deserved its mission. We are proud to be a part of it.

Tongji in Chinese means sailing in the same boat, with core spirit of unity and compassion. Through all the difficulties for over a century, the brilliant accomplishments of Tongji stem from the following five qualities.

First of all, Tongji Medical College is always in the same boat with the national revival and prosperity.

In the Long March of 110 years, Tongji fellows take the challenges. The College was founded in the years of hardship, facing the poverty and devastation of the Old China and taking the responsibility of human wellbeing.

In the Long March of 110 years, Tongji fellows overcome difficulties. Experiencing the war time, from the Revolution of 1911, the Northern Expedition, the War of Resistance against Japan, to the War of Liberation, during the migrations over 6 provinces, Tongji faculty members walked through thousands of miles and persisted in the work of education, healthcare and scientific research, making great contributions to homeland defense.

In the Long March of 110 years, Tongji fellows gain remarkable achievements with the rise of the New China. It is one of the pioneers of modern medical education in China, and living fossil of Chinese medical education history.

Second, Tongji Medical College is always in the same boat with modern medical education.

Hospitals save lives for some time; schools save lives for generations. This is the idea on which the establishment of German Medical School based after Dr. Paulun founded Paulun Hospital. The original intention of the medical college is training medical elites. The 110-year history of Tongji Medical College is the duration in which we hold the initial will and make progress in education quality. It is also a history that we follow the trend of times and seize the reform opportunities.

For 110 years, the medical education of Tongji develops with the times. Based on 3 German teachers, the number of our faculty members now amounted to over 2,000. The enrollments of Tongji students rise from 33 to more than 9,000. The Physiology Building witnessed the difficulties of our starting period; the Racecourse embraced the efforts that faculty and students contributed for the relocation; the PBL Building experienced the obstacles and passion of the reform.

For 110 years, we lead the reform of medical education. Tongji Medical Collegeis the first institution accredited for Undergraduate Medical Education Standard Certification, first certified for doctorate and master degree accreditation, first offering seven-year and eight-year curriculum on clinical medicine, first qualifiedfor international clinical medicine disciplines, first included in the Physician Education and Training Program of Excellence. It is also one of the first institutions with state-level experimental demonstration centers for preclinical medicine, clinical medicine, and preventive medicine, and first-round medical college jointly supported by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

For 110 years, the land of Tongji has cultivated over 80,000 medical students, and 15 academicians home and abroad. Among them are masters, basic medical workers, well-known medical management experts, and world-class professors. A great number of models are esteemed for their dedications: “People’s Medical Expert”, QiuFazu, “Father of China’s Hepatobiliary Surgery”, WuMengchao, Health Ministers QianXinzhong, HeJiesheng, YinDakui, Academician of National Academy of Medicine, Frank B. Hu, “People’s Good Doctor”, Wei Jia’ning, National Labor Model, Zheng Jiabao, “China's Inspirational Role Model”, Gui Xi’en, National Moral Model, Wang Zhengyan, and etc.

On March 16 this year, Tongji alumni Academician WuMengchao and family doctor ZhuLan’guang were included in the Top 10 Chinese Doctors of Virtue, by National Health and Family Planning Commission and China Central Television. They are the best illustration of the brand of Tongji Education.

Third, Tongji Medical College is always in the same boat with medical technological innovation of China.

Tongji Medical College integrates the medical service, education, and research into unity, developing different fields simultaneously. The leading and promoting role of scientific innovation is specially emphasized. Tongji experts take the strategy of “Curing diseases for millions not just one”, and inherit the spiritual legacy of research innovation.

In the 1930s, Tongji experts discovered “OncomelaniaanhuinensisLii” and “OncomelaniaYaoi”, making outstanding contributions to the study of parasitology in China.

In the 1940s, Tongji people first discovered the prevention scheme for pa disease prevailing at the south of Sichuan, saving the life of millions of local people.

In the 1950s, Tongji initiated the “antimony potassium tartrate three-day treatment”, healing more than 5 million schistosomiasis patients.

In the 1960s, Tongji experts invented the first echocardiogram instrument synchronized with ECG and PCG of China.

In 1970s, Tongji Medical College first conducted research study and clinical experiment of organ transplantation national-wide, and established the first transplantation research institution.

In 1980s, a new disorder of platelet aggregation defect was first discovered global-wide, named as Shen Di Disease.

In 1990s, “in-vitro cultured calculus bovis” invented by Tongji became the only traditional Chinese medicine in the four first class national new drugs.

Since the amalgamation in 2000, Tongji Medical College fully exploits the advantages of comprehensive university and interdisciplinary fields with engineering and science subjects. The College keeps in step with the leading edge of medical science and fundamental demands of the state, gaining a series of summit accomplishments in the fields including major diseases of the nervous system, clinical cancer, biological medicine, major infectious diseases, surgical and organ transplantation, preventive medicine, medical imaging and etc.

In the new century, Tongji Medical College has won 19 state-level prizes, and also the third most medical projects supported by National Natural Science Foundation. The publication of high-level medical research report achieves blowout growth. Moreover, the disciplines those hold top 1% in ESI global discipline ranking rapidly increase with much higher positions. The medical research community called this spurt of achievement as “Tongji Phenomenon”.

Forth, Tongji Medical College is always in the same boat with people’s health and safety.

Society nurtures the College, and the College gives back.

In 1951, responding to the call of the central government, Tongji Medical College and its affiliated Tongji Hospital moved from Shanghai to Wuhan, leading and promoting the development of health and medical care in central south China. Tongji Medical College merged with the medical school of Wuhan University and Wuhan Union Hospital, formed Central South Tongji College and developed a more powerful system of teaching, research and medical service.

Affiliated Tongji Hospital and Union hospital are leading hospitals nationwide and they are medical centers of Central China. Both hospitals have achieved a number of unprecedented breakthroughs in medical technology: first separation surgery of ischiopagustetrapus twins in China, the first right liver lobectomy in China, the first simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation in Asia-Pacific, the first splenic transplantation in the world. As newly affiliated hospitals, Hubei Cancer Hospital, Wuhan Women and Children Medical Care Center, Wuhan Central Hospital, Wuhan Pu-Ai Hospital, Wuhan Integrated TCM & Western Medicine Hospital, and Wuhan Mental Health Center further develop and strengthen the affiliation system of Tongji, forming a new pattern of “comprehensive hospitals dominant, special hospitals featured”.

From the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake to the SARS outbreak, from Lesotho to Algeria, from Xinjiang, Karamay to Sichuan, Yibin, on the frontline of various dangerous and urgent tasks, down to different grass-roots units of aid projects, wherever needed, wherever Tongji doctors come.

Here come a number of research bases responding to the social healthcare needs: National Clinical Research Center of Maternity Diseases, Chinese Basic Healthcare Security Research Center, Hubei Provincial Institution of Population and Family Planning, Hubei Tongji Forensic and Justice Identification Center, Tongji Healthcare Circle, and etc.

Fifth, Tongji Medical College is always in the same boat with global medicine community.

Founded by Germans, Tongji Medical College itself is the product of international cooperation, with intrinsic open-minded quality. Based in China, with global insights, generations of Tongji fellows develop a resounding “Tongji Brand” in the international medicine community through continuous international exchanges of over a hundred years.

For 110 years, the Sino-German relationship has been strengthened with the time. Tongji Medical College set up the first German clinical medicine discipline, and organized the establishment of Chinesisch-Deutsche GesellschaftfürMedizin (Sino-German Society fro Medicine). The College is visited by German politician leaders including Walter Scheel, former president of West Germany; Helmut Kohl, former Chancellor of Germany; Herbert Jess, former German Minister to China; Michael Schaefer, former German Ambassador;Hermann Gröhe, Federal Minister of Healthof Germany, and etc. Also, Prof. QiuFazu and Prof. WuZhongbi have the honor to receive the Federal Grand Cross of Merit Medals by German Government, in recognition of their contribution to the promotion of Sino-German communication. Also, we have maintained deep friendships with German institutions including Heidelberg University, University of Duisburg-Essen, University of Marburg, Saarland University, Ulm University, University of Munich, Charité – University Medicine Berlin, University of Cologne,University of Tübingen,and University of Göttingen.

We have also established corporative relationships with over 40 universities and medical colleges from more than 20 countries and regions, namely Harvard University, Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, Brown University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine at NYU, Kyoto University, Kanazawa Medical University, University of Birmingham, University of Toronto, University of Bordeaux, Moscow Medical Academy, Medical University of Vienna and etc. Also, Tongji Medical College has signed over 30 interscholastic protocols for long-term collaborations.

Tongji Medical College is of strong atmosphere of international cooperation and exchanges, with almost everyday academic communications with international experts, weekly significant scholar visits, and monthly major academic conferences. International joint laboratories have considerably increased, with extraordinary achievements in the study of senile dementia, occupational hazards of dust, infectious diseases, tumor, organ transplantation and immunity, depression, brain networks and brain diseases, and other frontier fields. Also, an increasing number of Tongji students have opportunities for foreign exchange, with rising number and quality of international students coming. In the recent decade, over 200 undergraduate students have been assigned for exchange and internship in German, and full-time international students have combined 11% of the total medical students at Tongji.

Wandering in the campus of Tongji Medical College, we notice the improvement of accommodations, academic buildings and internet connections. However, we realize the challenge and responsibility. How could we cultivate more medical elites? How could we overcome more medical problems? How could we better serve to the human well-being?

In the 13th Five-Year Plan, “Healthy China” now becomes a national strategy. It is time for Tongji Medical College to prepare and make planning in advance.

Since the amalgamation, with the strengths of comprehensiveness and trans-disciplinary advantages of HUST, included by the national 985 Plan, Tongji Medical College obtains considerable opportunities for development. Especially in the current establishment of Double First-rate Project, the College has been in the list for key development of HUST. It is commonly agreed that a first-rate university requires a first-rate medical college, and a series of planning and actions have started. Closely following the strategy of the university, a plan of “3+1”pattern is executed, with the emphasis on “top culture, top talents, top disciplines”, and therefore establish a “top medical college”.

“Double First-Rate” Establishment, Tongji in action.

We are creating top college culture. Our fellows inherit the Tongji tradition, integrate the Tongji culture of “Unity and Rigor”with HUST culture of “Seek Truth and Make Innovation”, and fulfill the Tongji spirits of solidarity. Therefore, we are forming united medical departments, integrated cultural atmosphere, and campus oriented by “students, scholars, and academics”.

We are building a top talent team. A hierarchy of talents is forming: 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 4 Thousand Talents Program members, 4 National Teaching Masters, 10 Distinguished professor as Changjiang Scholar, 10 Visiting Professors as Changjiang Scholar, and 18 winners of The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. More importantly, increasing young elites gather here: 30 experts with titles including Thousand Talents Program for Distinguished Young Scholarsmembers, Young Top-notch Talents, winners of Outstanding Youth Foundation, and Young Changjiang Scholars. Tongji Medical College has proactively established talent-introducing forums, and among them are Tongji Medical Forum and East Lake Medical Forum, essential platforms for gaining national attention and introducing medical elites.

We are constructing top disciplines.The development of medical disciplines is remarkable. In the discipline evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Education in 2012, Public Health and Preventive Medicine were ranked number one. 9 medicine-related disciplines come to top 1% in ESI global discipline ranking list, and some of them have reached 1‰. The performance in other international rankings of many disciplines is also extraordinary. Next year, a brand new Translational Medicine Building with area of 33 thousand square meters will be put into use, and the sharing platform of equipment will greatly promote the develop of medical disciplines. Also, the International Medical Research Center of Optics Valley is currently under construction. As another new point of growth of disciplinary development, it will strengthen the cross-over and fusion of interdisciplinary fields of medicine with sciences and engineering.

We feel nostalgic when looking back the 110 years. However we find ambitions when looking forward to future.

What is Tongji about? Tongji is the portrayal of Chinese modern history, an illustration of modern medicine development in China, and also a successful example of contributions to Chinese nation which the integration of Chinese and Western civilization has made.

What is Tongji about? Tongji is a peak in medicine community. It is a brand and a belief of trust.

What is Tongji about? It is eternal spiritual home of generations of Tongji fellows.

Tongji is like a book, worthy of lifetime collecting and learning.

Tongji is like a narrative poem, depicting the duration of Chinese medical development.

Tongji is like a theme song, sung by the generations.

Tongji is all about a dream, a dream of prosperous nation and healthy people.

The commemoration meeting today is a review and a summary of the achievement of Tongji Medical College of 110 years, and also a rallying cry for the establishment of a first-rate medical college。

We promise that we will practice the mission of the university, and take the responsibility of “Cultivating talents, Curing people” with broader horizon, more open-minded attitude, more steadfast efforts, and more enthusiastic passion.

We believe that Tongji was born for medicine, and medicine flourishes by Tongji. Guided by Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Tongji Medical College will attain more brilliant accomplishments.

It is May 20 today, and it is also a day of love and warmth. On behalf of all the alumni home and abroad, faculty, and students, I would like to say, I love you, HUST; I love you, Tongji Medical College.