The Chinese ambassador to the U.S. Qin Gang delivers a video remark at the first graduation ceremony of the Juilliard School of Tianjin Conservatory of Music on May 20, 2022. (Photo/us.china-embassy.gov.cn)
The Chinese ambassador to the U.S. delivered video remarks on Friday at the first graduation ceremony of the Juilliard School of Tianjin Conservatory of Music and at the 2022 graduation ceremony at Duke Kunshan University, which is also the first Class of undergraduates from the university.
He commended that the Sino-U.S. joint colleges and universities are valuable attempts at the educational cooperation and communication between China and the U.S., encouraging students to promote international people-to-people exchanges and become ambassadors of friendship.
The Juilliard Graduate School, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, is the first and only overseas branch of The Juilliard School in New York and was established in November 2015. It is the first art school in China to grant the U.S. master's degree. Located in the Yujiapu Free Trade Zone in Tianjin, China, the Juilliard School has become a cultural center for performance, practice, research, interactive exhibitions and public service.
In his online speech at the graduation ceremony of Juilliard Graduate School, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Qin Gang pointed out that the school is a Sino-U.S. cooperative institution containing high quality, which has cultivated high-level international musical and artistic talents and made a fruitful contribution to promoting mutual appreciation of the arts and humanistic exchanges between the two countries.
To the first graduate students of the Juilliard School, Ambassador Qin said that they are not only outstanding talents nurtured by Sino-U.S. educational exchanges but will soon also become artistic ambassadors to promote communication and understanding between China and the world. During these past two years of the COVID pandemic, the students have experienced trials and tribulations, reaped the power of growth and gained a deeper understanding of the interdependence of human destiny.
Qin expressed his hope that, standing at the starting point of graduation, facing a world that is still complex and uncertain, the students would remain independent and determined and strive to become "global artists" with high artistic standards and a sense of social responsibility.
The Chinese ambassador to the U.S. Qin Gang delivers a video remark at the 2022 Duke Kunshan University graduation ceremony on May 20, 2022. (Photo/us.china-embassy.gov.cn)
Duke Kunshan University is a cooperative university organized by Wuhan University of China and Duke University of the United States, which began master's degree and undergraduate exchange student education in 2014. Students will receive an academic experience with the same quality as Duke, and a degree from Duke University as well as a degree from Duke Kunshan University upon completing their studies.
In his video message at the 2022 Duke Kunshan University graduation ceremony, Qin said that the university is a valuable attempt at Sino-U.S. educational cooperation and a platform for teachers and students from different countries and cultural backgrounds to mingle their ideas as well as learn from each other.
He noted that human beings have become a community-involved destiny in the current world, and people-to-people exchanges have become a bridge that transcends national boundaries and cultural differences and becomes an eternal driving force for developing country-to-country relations.
Ambassador Qin Gang encouraged the Class of 2022 Duke Kunshan graduates to take their unique advantage as Generation Z, being energetic and passionate, to pursue dreams, achieve self-fulfillment, benefit others and serve as friendship ambassadors between China and the U.S..