President of the board of Trustees of the United Nations WSU
Picture source: President of the board of Trustees of the WSU delivered a speech
On May 20 local time, the UN WSU held a conference. Xiao runkun, President of the board of trustees, Xiao Run-kun present a speech to the 2020 graduates of the University. He said that when the crisis comes, just as in the face of the new coronavirus epidemic, universities should take the responsibility of guiding, supporting and helping the whole society in terms of disease treatment, vaccine development and community care.
The following is the speech by President of the Council:
Today, this important ceremony has touched all people. In the school calendar, there is no day more personal and collective than the university graduation ceremony. The graduation ceremony is an important moment in the university life. We gather together to celebrate the outstanding academic achievements of graduates. To this day, each of you has written a story that belongs to both you and everyone. But most importantly, you have outstanding talents and can constantly motivate yourself to move forward, which is the reason why you have achieved. We are here to cheer and clap for you. We would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to the class of 2020.
Although today is a happy day for you, your family and all of us at the United Nations University for the world's souls, we have to admit that this is not our original plan. Because of the unpredictable environment, we held the first Congress in the history of the University.
Because of the need to keep distance, we have to keep away from people, places, rituals and traditions that can bring meaning to our lives, which will inevitably make people lose. What is more distressing is that we have lost some partners in the epidemic, including current and former teachers, students and staff, for whom we deeply mourn. We will also share your worries and fears about yourself and your loved ones, especially those in vulnerable groups.
In this pandemic, each of you has been affected in one way or another. About this, you all have your own stories, some of which have been shared with others, some of which belong only to you. No matter what the story is, I want you to know that we will remember you in our lifetime; even long after we leave, you will always be remembered by this school. We praise your achievements, understand your experiences, and wish your future a sense of achievement and satisfaction.
In this celebration of your graduation, I would like to say a few words to our university. The pursuit of truth, knowledge and understanding may be trite, but when it is used to explain the teaching objectives of a great university, it has far-reaching significance. When the crisis comes, as we are facing now, we need to seek guidance, support and help from universities. Scholars and students are hard-working. With their hard work, they use their professional knowledge to provide a foundation for building a good society.
Now, human society needs to deal with a kind of unpredictable virus - treating diseases, developing vaccines, community care. Society expects colleges and universities to shoulder the heavy responsibilities, and these special institutions do more.
Never let anyone criticize the University as an ivory tower out of reality. Please tell them about the impact and actions of the University. At present, a large number of scientific research results have emerged, and we have seen from our colleagues the courage, selfless dedication and perseverance they showed in caring for people infected with the new coronavirus. They vividly demonstrate the power of knowledge plus action. I think this is our school's fourth goal in addition to scientific research, education and public services.
When it comes to the real world, when life is full of suffering, who should we turn to for help? To the field of humanities, to those who think about the meaning of "being". From there, we have been relieved and found insight and understanding of the world. And we live here, in a great institution, in the United Nations World University for the soul.
For most of your lives, we work together to find truth and ways to make the world a better place. This may be a solemn moment - I would like to congratulate and thank the 2020 graduates, and to say goodbye to you for the time being. But it's also an extraordinary moment, a moment to share inspiration, and it will always be a special bond that connects us. You are welcome to go back to the campus which you call "home". I hope we can get together again soon.
In conclusion, on behalf of all the members of the United Nations University of the world mind, I would like to extend to you my deepest and warmest congratulations.