It is delightful that the Chun-Tsung Program takes root in Shanghai Jiaotong University. Mr. Lee is always a respected scientist for me. I had several communications and talks with him. He is a rigorous scientist, charming artist and broad-minded educator. The Tsung-Dao Lee Library which is under construction provides a bridge between Mr. Lee and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, while the Chun-Tsung Program substantially tightens the emotional connection. In memory of Ms. Hui-Chun Chin, his wife, Mr. Lee set up the Chun-Tsung Program, so the program bears the expectation from the couple of the country’s innovative talent cultivation and scientific career. As you are the students who take part in the Chun-Tsung Program, I have two expectations for you:
Firstly, please start from cultivating your moral characters and pursuing the truth.
On the way to scientific research, there are full of thistles and thorns as well as temptations. As I said on the opening ceremony for new arrivals, “start from cultivating your moral characters, get progress by cultivating your mind and base on cultivating your knowledge”. As a student of Shanghai Jiaotong University, you should cultivate your moral characters before your knowledge. For the students who dedicate themselves to scientific research, the ancient saying that “One can’t have lofty aspirations without a peaceful state of mind” should be always remembered. I hope that while you have lofty aspirations, more attentions should be paid to the foster of virtue and the shape of inherent personality. Seeking truth in the process of cultivating your own moral character and stick to scientific research.
Secondly, take pleasure in hardship and be insistent and tough.
Genuine knowledge comes from practice while tempering is the best teacher for life. The pursuing of scientific spirits requires not only the love of truth, but also the ability to endure loneliness and persevere. Heavy fruits wait for those tough-minded people who are able to endure long term obscurity.
My fellow students, universities are the Holy Land where the young start, create and realize their dreams. I hope that you will achieve your scientific dream and life goal and become innovative leaders.