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  • Building on Past Successes to Further Advance Our Cause--New Year Greetings from Party Secretary Lu Fan and President Li Xiaokun

    Dear students, faculty & staff, alumni and friends:

    Time flies as the year 2019 marks the first year of another Chinese sexagenary cycle known as Jia-zi. On this beautiful moment of ringing out the old year and ringing in the new, we, on behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Committee and the Administration of Wenzhou Medical University (WMU), would like to extend our most sincere greetings and New Year’s blessings to all faculty & staff, students, retired veteran cadres and comrades, alumni at home and abroad, and friends who care for and support the development of WMU.

    Those who keep up their efforts often achieve their goal, and those who keep on walking often reach their destination. The year 2018 marks the first year to implement the spirit of the 19th  Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress, the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening up. In 2018, the Chinese people, full of confidence and enthusiasm, have given full play to their intelligence, wisdom, and strength to secure a Decisive Victory in Building a Moderately Prosperous Society in All Respects and Strive for the Great Success of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. The year 2018 is also a landmark year in the development of Wenzhou Medical University, which celebrated its 60th anniversary. In the past 60 years, with enthusiastic vitality, the courage to overcome difficulties, and the pioneering and innovative spirit, WMU, staying grounded in real situations, has found a new road to building itself a strong local-level institution of higher education specializing in medicine by meeting the demands of national development strategy and local social development. The school motto of “Compassion, Prudence, Diligence and Simplicity; Seeking Truth and Striving to Excel” has embodied an unique character and spirit to be passed down from generation to generation and eternally renewed.

    In 2018, by promoting development through reform and rallying support through development, we have taken a solid step on the road of struggling to pursue the “WMU Dream”. We have been making progress while maintaining stability in various undertakings and have achieved highlighted fruitful results.

    In 2018, we have been upholding the overall leadership of the Party to ensure the Party’s strict self-supervision and strict self-governance in every respect. We have been constantly learning and implementing President Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress through the extensively carried out program of “Great Learning, Great Research and Great Implementation”. We have further implemented the system of president responsibility under the leadership of the Party Committee to strengthen the overall leadership of the school Party Committee on the development of the cause, and vigorously promoted the Party building work of the affiliated hospitals. We have consolidated the construction of Party organizations at the grassroots level. As a result, a number of outstanding Party members and advanced Party branches have emerged one after another to give rise to the phenomenon of “WMU’s Most Beautiful”. Party branches won honors of “National Benchmark School/Department for Party Building”, “Model Party Branch” and “Top 100 Model Graduate School Party Branches”. We have been solidly promoting the construction of “Clean and Clear WMU” to provide a strong guarantee for the development of the school.

    In 2018, we have remained committed to the underlying task of bringing up talents with morals with a focus on cultivating outstanding talents who have “feelings, confidence, competence and capabilities of innovation”. Focusing on the spirit of the National Conference on the Undergraduate Education Work in the New Era, we have been promoting the in-depth integration of medical education and research with improving the quality of personnel training as the core. The First Affiliated Hospital was approved as a National Clinical Teaching and Training Demonstration Center. WMU was awarded the second prize of the National Award for Teaching Achievements while 17 WMU teachers were selected as members of the Teaching Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education. The experience of implementing the innovative training mode of “Unified Provincial Enrollment and Examination under National Standards, and County Hospital Management of General Practitioners Working for Rural Grassroots Medical Institutions” was shared as examples at a number of national conferences. A comprehensive ideological education system has been established at WMU. In 2018, WMU students excelled in national competitions including “China College Students’ Entrepreneurship Competition” and “The 4th China College Students’ ‘Internet Plus’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition”, winning honors including “China Youth Science and Technology Innovation Award” and “National College Model Individual to Practice the Socialist Core Values”. WMU continued to rank among the top universities in the province by Graduates Satisfaction and Employer Satisfaction.

    In 2018, we have remained committed to the development with our own characteristics, and the innovated scientific research management mechanism to reap in fruitful achievements in discipline construction and scientific and technological innovation. Four doctoral programs and six master’s programs were newly approved while four disciplines have entered global top 1% in ESI rankings by discipline. Moreover, WMU has made the list of “Top 100 Asian Universities and Research Institutions in Life Sciences, Nature Index 2018”.  Scientific and technological innovation platforms such as the National Clinical Medical Research Center and the National Science and Technology Cooperation Base were approved to be established at WMU. WMU has won 13 ministerial/provincial level and above scientific research awards including the Second Prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award and the First Prize of the Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Award. For the first time in the world, a research team from WMU analyzed the structure of growth factor FGF23, publishing the findings in the journal of Nature. A national first-class new drug developed by WMU has obtained clinical trial approvals and the achievements have been successfully transferred. WMU teachers were honored with the Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Award, the He Liang He Li Fund Science and Technology Award, and the Tan Jiazhen Life Science Innovation Award etc.

    In 2018, we have remained committed to the recruitment from outside the school and the training of faculty members for high-level talents. For the expansion of channels for talent introduction, the school has established an overseas talent recruitment workstation, and introduced visiting academicians, academicians of the US National Academy of Sciences. A number of teachers and researchers have been newly designated as national-level and provincial-level talents. WMU has been  chosen for the “Plan 111”, which aims to upgrade the scientific renewal and peers competition of Chinese universities by establishing innovation centers and gathering groups of first-class minds from around the world. WMU has established a Center of Excellence, an Advanced Research Institute and established a joint biomedical research institute in cooperation with Monash University. WMU was elected as the vice chairman unit of China-ASEAN Alliance of Universities for Medical Education. WMU launched China’s first “Angel of Life” African Midwifery Assistant Training Program. In 2018, WMU established cooperation relations with 13 overseas universities and institutions, and launched a China-Thailand joint master’s degree program in nursing. WMU was awarded honorary title of “Outstanding Confucius Institute Chinese Partner”.

    In 2018, with maintaining service quality as the core, WMU has given full play to the advantages of medical resources in affiliated hospitals to be a “bellwether” in building Wenzhou as the regional medical and health care center. With the in-depth advancement of the strategy of “Dispatching and Allocating Excellent Medical Talents and Resources to Hospitals at the Grassroots Level to Improve Their Capabilities and Efficiency in Providing Health Care Services”, WMU has been strengthening the construction of medical unions and regional medical alliances with other hospitals and institutions. The Affiliated Eye Hospital, the First Affiliated Hospital and the Second Affiliated Hospital of WMU made the list of “2018 Top 100 Chinese Hospitals for Comprehensive Strength in Scientific and Technological Value Evaluation”. The Affiliated Eye Hospital was ranked second in the country for three consecutive years in the discipline of Ophthalmology, and ranked first in the country for the first time on the scientific and technological output index. The “China Eye Valley-Wenzhou Ophthalmology and Optics International Innovation Complex” Project was launched. The Taizhou Area of the Second Affiliated Hospital/Yuying Children’s Hospital was opened for business. Zhejiang Children and Adolescents Myopia Prevention and Control Center was founded at WMU. “Project Smile” continued to make children with cleft lip and palate smile for ten consecutive years.

    In 2018, we have remained committed to the cultural stewardship in creating a beautiful campus. Taking the opportunity of commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the school, we compiled the school history, built the school history museum, published the “Thoughts and Feelings of WMU” series, and held a series of academic, cultural and public welfare activities including the 60th anniversary commemoration meeting. By further passing on and promoting its spirit and cultural connotations and rallying the strength and power of alumni, we have extensively expanded the range of influence and improved the reputation of the school. The Binhai Campus was successfully opened and the inter-campus operation has been run smoothly. We have accelerated the construction of “Smart Campus” and “Joyful Reading Campus” and deepened “At Most One Visit”, the reform to simplify administrative procedures to better serve do teachers and students. The school library won the special contribution award for the construction of the “China Higher Education Document Support System” project. The “Massive Construction for Great Beauty”Action was implemented to make the campus even more colorful and beautiful.

    In 2019, the great People’s Republic of China will celebrate its 70th anniversary, and the school is to start a new journey. As the blueprint has been drawn, it is time to hoist the sail when the wind is fair. At the beginning of a new Chinese sexagenary cycle known as Jia-zi, guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, we will fully implement the major policy decisions and arrangements made by the Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial Government, adhere to the implementation of the strategy of “gaining a foothold for the School by disciplines with unique advantages and characteristics, developing the School by culture, and strengthening the School through talents”, adhere to the goal of building WMU a “double first-class” university, unswervingly keep on the pace of building WMU into a first-class medical university in China with distinctive features and international impact, and continue to promote substantial development and high-quality development to strive for writing a new chapter of reform and development in new era!

    Sound the trumpets! There is no end to progress! We have to overcome many difficulties together when building and developing our school. Let us work together to make our school a medical university that is more humanistic, more tasteful, and of higher level. Let us be full of confidence and expectations, remain steadfast in our opposition as innovator to forge ahead to better undertake the responsibility of the times. Welcoming the first rays of morning sunlight of the new year, let us, hand in hand, heart to hear, start anew on our journey!

    We sincerely wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year and good luck in everything.