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SJTU Foundation of America Annual Meeting 2011 & SJTU North America Alumni Summit Held Grandly

October 02, 2011      Author: Office of Development and Liaison

On October 2 (October 1 in San Francisco), 2011, the  SJTU Foundation of Amercia Annual Meeting 2011 and SJTU North America Alumni Summit were held in Santa Clara, San Francisco. The theme of this meeting was "be grateful for the favors received and create a splendid future together". SJTU President Zhang Jie attended and delivered a keynote speech. Consul general of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco, Gao Zhansheng, the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor, the honorary trustee and honorary doctorate of SJTU, Elaine L. Chao, the honorary chairman of SJTU North America Alumni, Chairman of Foremost Group, SJTU alumnus of class of 1944 and honorary trustee of SJTU, James S.C. Chao and other guests, altogether over 400 alumni from all around the world, attended the meeting. The Summit was hosted by SJTU Alumni Association of Silicon Valley (SJTU-SV). SJTU Vice President Xu Fei hosted the opening ceremony.

Zhang Jie gave a speech on "truth-seeking, innovation, cultivation and guidance". He elaborated his understanding of the essence of university, introduced the leaps in the development of SJTU in recent years and prospected its future.

Elaine L. Chao delivered the keynote speech titled "America's Competitiveness & Cultural Differences in An Era of Globalization". She pointed out that the merits of Chinese and American cultures should be made good use of to bridge the cross-cultural communication. Ms. Chao and her father, Dr. James Chao also shed light on the issue "How to raise your child with confidence and principles in a rapidly changing multicultural world".

Neil Nanpeng Shen made a speech on "The Making of An Economic Giant". He analyzed the rapid expansion of Chinese economy and essential elements for entrepreneurs with illustration of his own experiences and related cases.

The Summit provided an unparalleled opportunity for networking with both established fellow alumni and aspiring ones around the world. Generations after generations, SJTU graduates have built a well-respected reputation of being both innovative and entrepreneurial. The Summit was the single most prominent event in North America for SJTU alumni to reunite, share memories, and chart the future together. To live their motto "be grateful for the favors received", the alumni decide to raise donations for poverty stricken students at the Alma Mater.

Officials concerned from SJTU Foundation of America, SJTU-SV, SJTU Division of International Cooperation & Exchange, Office of Development and Liaison, School of Mechanical Engineering, ACEM, School of International Education, and SJTU Science Park Co., Ltd also attended the Summit.


Translated by Wang Jie | Reviewed by Tian Cong