The Third Meeting of the First Management Committee of Westward Migration Gratitude Fund, Zhejiang University Education Foundation, with its 2018 Annual Meeting was held at No. 1 Middle School of Yizhou District, Guangxi from Nov. 11th to 13th to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Zhejiang University’s migrating westward to Yizhou.
The Meeting was chaired by Zhang Zhihua, Deputy Director of the Management Committee. Present at the meeting were also Professor Zheng Qiang, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Committee of Zhejiang University and Director of the Management Committee, Mrs. Dang Ying, Deputy Secretary-General of Zhejiang University Education Foundation, Mr. Zhang Meifeng, Vice President of Zhejiang University Alumni Association and Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Institute, Mr. Lu Jiansheng, Honorary President of Shenzhen Alumni Association of Zhejiang University as well as the members of the Management Committee and leaders from Taihe, Meitan and Yizhou.
Westward Migration Gratitude Fund of Zhejiang University Education Foundation, initiated by alumni Lu Jiansheng and Zhang Zhihua in 2017 and sponsored by other alumni, aimed at supporting the educational undertakings in the areas along the westward migration of Zhejiang University. Meitan Gratitude Fund, Taihe Gratitude Fund and Yizhou Gratitude Fund had already been established to support local education. When conditions permit, the Fund will support other areas along the westward migration, e.g. in commemorating and publicizing the westward migration culture.
At first, the Office of the Fund Management Committee reported the progression of the Fund, approved the list of new members and the 2019 Work Plan. Director Zheng Qiang then granted donation certificates to alumni and appointment letters to members of the Management Committee.???????????
Subsequently, some leaders of Yizhou, Meitan and Taihe and representatives of the Management Committees delivered lectures. They said, thanks to the support from the Fund and workers at different levels, the senior high schools in Yizhou and Taizhou have attracted excellent students and the students have made rapid progress in their study and some were admitted to Zhejiang University every year. Dance rooms and Maker Classrooms in Zhejiang University Primary School of Meitan helped students and teachers develop physically and mentally while increasing their knowledge and broadening their horizons. The incentive policies also stimulated the students and teachers for making this primary school a better place in China’s west.
Finally, the Director of Management Committee made a summary and concluded the meeting. In the next part, the awarding ceremony of “Yizhou Qiushi Scholarship” chaired by Liang Ning, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Committee and Head of Yizhou District, was held at No. 1 Middle School of Yizhou District. Some of the leaders from Zhejiang University and Yizhou District were present at the ceremony and presented awards to 44 students.
Since 2017, Yizhou District has been granted 100,000 yuan annually by the Fund for “Yizhou Qiushi Scholarship”. Beginning from 2018, the District Committee and the District Government gave equal matching fund to the scholarship. Meanwhile, the Fund also contributed 250,000 yuan for the construction of thematic wall paintings in the Westward Migration Plaza of Zhejiang University and for the collection of archives .
Prof. Zheng Qiang delivered a lecture “Education Development and the Rise and Fall of National Fate” at Hechi University on the evening of 12, attracting more than 4,000 attendees, including the members of the Committee, leaders from Taihe, Meitan and Yizhou, students and teachers of some middle schools.
With his unique perspectives, sharp viewpoints and witty language, Professor Zheng Qiang narrated Chinese national education from three aspects--fair education, science education and belief education. He pointed out that national development and prosperity lies in the leadership of the CPC, institutional guarantee, economic development, sci-tech progress and talent support; however, education is the key. The witty and passionate report won warm applause from the audience and enlightened the students and teachers present.?