On the morning of April 20, 2016, the unveiling and inauguration
ceremony for donation of Tianda Square to Tsinghua University, by Mr.
Fang Wenquan, an alumnus of Tsinghua, the founder and Chairman of both
Tianda Group and Tianda Institute, was held in the campus.
Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State
Council, Mr. Wang Zhimin; Secretary-General of the Boao Forum for Asia,
Mr. Zhou Wenzhong; the former Party Secretary of Tsinghua University,
Professor He Meiying; Deputy Party Secretary of Tsinghua University,
Professor Shi Zongkai; Vice President of Tsinghua University, Professor
Yang Bin; Mr. Fang Wenquan and over one hundred guests from all walks of
life attended the ceremony. Professor Li Jiaqiang, Secretary-General of
Tsinghua University Education Foundation, presided over the ceremony,
and Professor He Meiying, Professor Shi Zongkai, Professor Yang Bin, Mr.
Fang Wenquan etc. unveiled Tianda Square together.
delivering his speech on behalf of Tsinghua University, Vice President
Yang Bin congratulated Mr. Fang Wenquan on the inauguration of Tianda
Square. He expressed his gratitude to Mr. Fang Wenquan for generously
donating the Square when Tsinghua was in need, and also for his strong
support of Tsinghua in other areas. Tianda Square is located at the
central area of the university campus, will add a bright brushstroke to
Tsinghua’s rich cultural life and education through culture, and become
the spiritual home of Tsinghua’s faculty and students.
President Yang Bin highly praised Mr. Fang’s contribution to the
development of Tsinghua’s social sciences and humanities, and
particularly to the establishment of the think tank of national
strategy. He said that Mr. Fang is very forward-looking in vision, and
National Strategy Institute Tsinghua University, which was jointly
founded by Tsinghua and Tianda Institute, enlisted many outstanding
researchers, who provide China’s highest-level leadership with sound
advice and suggestions, and have produced varieties of strategic and
policy research reports with considerable impact.
Xuetong, Dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations,
Tsinghua University, Secretary-General of the World Peace Forum, and Mr.
Fang’s ex-supervisor, gave the audience a brief introduction about why
and how Mr. Fang set up Tianda Scholarship, donated Tianda Square and
jointly established National Strategy Institute with Tsinghua
University, and thanked Mr. Fang for his great support in founding and
developing the World Peace Forum.
In his speech during the
ceremony, Mr. Fang Wenquan expressed his sincere and deep gratitude to
Tsinghua University. He said that Tsinghua’s decision to name the
donated site “Tianda Square” had shown the university’s spiritual
encouragement of a donator and alumnus.
He stressed that the
reason to name the site “Tianda Square” is threefold. Firstly, it was
owing to his entrepreneurial philosophy. Tianda stands for growing and
progressing one step at a time until becoming exceptionally powerful,
which emphasises that, to build a business, one needs to start small,
down to earth and not impetuous, achieve goals through hard work and
great effort, with both the process and result being good and wonderful.
Secondly, it was owing to his entrepreneurial feelings. He
started his business in the early 1990s, at the primary stage of reform
and opening up. During the development of more than 20 years, he truly
realized that, without reform and opening up, there would be no good
policies and environment, no commercial success at present, and no such
ceremony today; without reform and opening up, and without good policies
and environment, over one billion Chinese people would never live such a
happy life today, China would never enjoy such a high international
status today, and the globe we live on would never have such an order
today. “The heaven is great, the earth is great, but they can’t compare
with the greatness of what the Party has done for the people.” Mr. Fang
said: “The remark stands like a monument in my heart, and I can sense
the feelings inside myself.”
Thirdly, it was owing to his good
wishes to Tsinghua University. Mr. Fang promised that he would continue
to provide funding for Tsinghua, building a platform based on Tianda
Square, providing scholars and students at Tsinghua with a place to show
their talents, a place to give performances, and a place to play great
roles, and creating a positive and upward public square culture at
Tsinghua, and Mr. Fang expressed his best wishes to the University: May
centennial Tsinghua continue to grow on the firm ground, advance daily
in culture, achieve first class success and maintain great prestige in