Luo He’an: University Should Cultivate Students with Independent Personality and Strong Innovative C
Professor Luo He ’an, deputy to the National People’s Congress and president of Xiangtan University quoted the remark that Premier Wen Jiabao said on January 26 when hearing opinions of Report on the Work of the Government (exposure draft) with representatives of educational, scientific, cultural, hygiene and sports sectors: A good university lies in its unique soul, namely independent thinking and free expression. Stereotype can not produce world-class university. University must have autonomy in running a school.
Prof. Luo stated that university should have its unique soul and cultivate students with strong innovative capacity. “Why China has no Nobel Prize winners so far?” “What hinders innovation?” He explained the cultural background of worshipping and over-trusting authority, the educational philosophy of “valuing ability, ignoring quality and competence”, coupled with restrictions of social mechanism, living conditions, educational conditions and research conditions in China give rise to scarcity of modern innovative talents, therefore, we should strengthen the cultivation of innovative talents, make them have a sunny mentality, foster their self-confidence, overcome stereotyped thinking and develop their innovation ability.
Professor Luo affirmed that independent thinking and free expression are the unique soul of university in the eyes of Premier Wen. Boasting of autonomy in running a school serves as the key to a good university. Peking University, led by Cai Yuanpei, enjoyed academic freedom and was all-inclusive, with the radical democrats of Chen Duxiu and Li Dazhao, conservative Liu Shipei, eccentric Gu Hongming, Hu Shi advocating writing in vernacular Chinese as well as its opposer Huang Kan. Therefore, we look forward to more college students with independent personality and strong innovative capacity.
Hong Kong Ta Kung Pao
March, 11, 2010