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PKU’s 13th Congress of Party Representatives

DEC . 05 2017
Peking University, Nov. 25, 2017: On the morning of November 18, 2017, the opening ceremony of PKU’s 13th Congress of Party Representatives was held at Peking University Hall. The theme of the congress is “With the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress as the guideline, fully implement Xi Jinping's “thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era. This includes implementing fundamental tasks of strengthening moral education, accelerating the "Double First -Class" initiative and opening a new course of development for world-class universities, and making new historical contributions to realizing the Two Centenary Goals and the Chinese Dream of “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”
Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was hosted by Lin Jianhua. 299 of 300 representatives attended the congress, one absent due to illness. 111 nonvoting delegates and more than 800 other participants also attended the event. 

Lin Jianhua hosting the opening ceremony

On behalf of the 12th PKU's Party Committee, Hao Ping delivered a report titled "Opening up a New Course of Development for World-class Universities with Chinese Characteristics under the Guidance of the 19th National Congress of the CPC." The report was divided into five parts: a review of the work during the past five years; a statement that the traditions of Peking University would be inherited and carried forward; a statement of intent to focus on the seven major tasks to speed up the "Double First-Class" initiative; a list of five major points to deepen comprehensive reforms; and the development of new conditions in party building and ideological and political work.

Hao Ping delivering the speech

On behalf of the party branch of the Ministry of Education, Chen Baosheng, expressed congratulations on the opening of the congress. He remarked that under the leadership of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, Xi Jinping’s “thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era” has been closely studied and implemented in Peking University. PKU has continuously promoted the development of a world-class university with Chinese characteristics through personnel training, scientific research, social services, and international exchanges. The university  administration system has been further improved, with international influence and competitiveness markedly enhanced. A large number of excellent role models and leading talents in various fields cultivated by PKU have made outstanding contributions to higher education and economic development.

Chen Baosheng delivering the speech

On behalf of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee, Cai Qi, secretary of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee, extended his warm congratulations on the opening of the congress. He affirmed that in recent years, Peking University has implemented the Party's education policy, continued to carry forward the tradition of "patriotism, progress, democracy and science", deepened comprehensive reforms, actively promoted the construction of modern university systems, and achieved notable accomplishments in various aspects including personnel training, technological innovation, social services, cultural heritage, and international exchange.

Cai Qi stated that the Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government would, as always, strongly support the development of Peking University and actively help solve developmental problems so as to create a better environment for Peking University to open a new course of development for “world-class universities with Chinese characteristics.” He expressed his hopes that PKU would not forget its history and mission, forging ahead and working hard to achieve more success.

Cai Qi delivering the speech

On November 19, 2017, the election meeting and closing session of PKU’s thirteenth Congress of Party Representatives was held at Yingjie Overseas Exchange Center.

Members of the 13th PKU Party Committee and the Discipline Inspection Committee were elected during the meeting. Hao Ping delivered a closing speech. He made an overview about the achievements PKU had accomplished in the last five years, and then pointed out existing problems. The meeting ended with the socialist anthem—“The Internationale.”

Hao Ping delivering the closing speech

Since the 12th Congress of Party Representatives of PKU, the PKU Party Committee has led about 30,000 party members and 70,000 students and faculty to thoroughly study and implement the spirit of the 18th CPC National Congress, the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Plenary Sessions, and the 19th CPC National Congress. Accordingly, Peking University has made progress in fields such as talent cultivation, scientifice research, social service, and cultural inheritance and innovation. 

Peking University has always been keeping abreast of the times in her 119 years of history. She will enter a new stage hand in hand with China and adhere to her goal of cultivating talents who will serve the nation. At present, Peking University is undergoing a process of comprehensive reforms which includs the “Double First-Class” Initiative as well as the “The 13th Five-Year Plan”. In the future, “Double First-Class” construction will be the major task of PKU and the strengthening of overall reform will be a fundamental driving force.

After the closing of PKU’s 13th Congress of Party Representatives, different schools and departments organized workshops to study the congress. Students took to various ways including reading books and writing reflections, and teachers also shared their methods of strengthening ideological education. 

Written by: Qian Kang, Wang Xi
Edited by: Fu Wenyun, Karen Xu
Source: PKU News (Chinese)