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Author : ISAO  |   Publish Time : 2017-09-14  |   Hits : 376


Dr. Liu Peng, Acting Dean of BFSU-SOLBRIDGE


Dear Freshmen of 2017, Professors, Friends,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Morning! Today, I am so pleased to stand here to extend our warm welcome to 720 new students from 35 countries of the world and 33 provinces of China, including 65 exchange students from overseas partner institutions. Welcome! I am very delighted that you have selected BFSU and International Business School to be the place where you want to spend the most import years of your life. We hope that you will find your study here your most valuable and rewarding life experience.


For many of you, it is the first time that you left your family. You may feel like a small fish in a new big pond, especially our international students, who are thousands of miles away from home. What is my school really like and what kind of people I am going to meet? What can I learn? There are too many questions that you want to find quick answers, but take your time. University is a journey that you are going to travel through step by step, and let’s begin from now.


Congratulations! You are embarking on this new chapter at a time where the world is taking unprecedented changes. Never before all countries are so closely connected as the result of Globalization. The leadering countries are diverging their directions. The US, which was the leader of Globalization in the last century, is now building up physical and legal walls and closing doors to free trade. The UK is taking the same direction by saying good-bye to EU through Brexit. However, in the east, the second largest economy of the world, China, which used to be a closed country up to the end of 1970s, is now a strong supporter of globalization through its Belt and Road Initiatives and is asking for wider and deeper collaboration among more countries. Yes, this is the world that we live in. When I was a college student 20 years ago, Internet was barely heard of. But now, Internet technologies have fundamentally transformed our way of life, creating new business models and making the world a smarter place. Under China’s innovation and entrepreneurship policy, the country is becoming a new center for innovation. Now, 1/3 of world unicorn firms are from China. Jack Ma, claims that Alibaba will become the 5th largest economy by 2035. Looking into the future, what more miracles will be created from this land of opportunities?


My young friends, you are such a lucky generation to witness and experience those changes and create a more wonderful future for yourself and others. But at the same time, we should also be aware that there are critical challenges the world has to face together, Environmental degradation, Terrorism, Pontential Regional wars, Economic slowdown, etc. All those issues call for closer collaboration between countries and peoples, especially, young leaders like you. That’s why this is the time that you need to think about your responsibilities. One day in the near future, the world will be put in your hands. Get ready for it and start from now.


What about universities? What are the educators’ responsibilities at such a challenging time in the world? University, after all, is the place for spreading knowledge and pursuing truth. We believe in learning and we are committed to making the world a better place through teaching, learning and research. BFSU is not a big university, but in the past 7 decades, it has turned out thousands of high-quality diplomats, language experts, state leaders, and intellectuals. It is known as the cradle of diplomats, and it has always been striving to bridge the differences between China and the outside world.


Ladies and Gentlemen, International Business School, is one of the young schools at BFSU. It was born to serve the demand of the society for foreign language talents who are equipped with economic and management knowledge and skills. After 17 years of development, it is already the biggest school in BFSU. We are committed to building a multicultural learning environment for bright young people from different parts of the world to meet and study together, to make friends, and to work on the challenges that the world faces now and in the future. We will help you to enrich your knowledge base, to develop your communication skills and to be equipped with language skills. As an International Business School, we know that we must be open to new ideas and new perspectives. And you also have to develop your skills of learning, either from professors, or from other students. Be active, Open your heart, Welcome the diversity, Respect differences and build a harmonious IBS community together. Use the community of your fellow students as one of the greatest gift of your time here.


“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”. My fellow students, your university journey now formally starts. During your stay here, we want you to stretch yourself and go beyond what you were yesterday. Make yourself a new person every day. Gradually find out who you really are, what you aspire to be and how you can achieve it. It is totally up to you to decide what you are in the future. We will all try our best to help you. Together, let’s make this school a great place to study and work so that it will enable all of us to be our best selves.


Welcome to IBS! Thank you very much!