Notable speakers for keynote lectures

Experiencing China Tsinghua Summer School is honored to host keynote lectures by leaders at the forefront of their respective fields, among them:

Professor SHI Yigong

Vice President of Tsinghua University, Cheung Kong Scholar, National Natural Science Foundation of China Outstanding Young Scientist, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, fellow of US Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fellow of US National Academy of Sciences.

On July 17th, Professor Shi gave a lecture “The Beauty of Structures” to Experiencing China Tsinghua Summer School students. He mainly talked about the change of China and his own experience during 50 years of development in China. He thought “the world is changing, China is changing either. Experiencing China Tsinghua Summer School would definitely give students from different culture new angle of views of the world and their own countries. Professor Shi  hoped students could experience real Chinese culture and enjoy it.

During “The Beauty of Structures” speech, he showed the beauty of structures from the macrosm to microscopic cells; also, he wanted audiences to think about critical factors of scientific development. At the end, he gave example of the black hole from the movie Interstellar, reminded students not only black hole but some materials equivocal are actually exist, and must believe in science to understand them.


Professor JIN Canrong

Professor and Associate Dean of the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China, Weilun Chair Professor at Tsinghua University.

On July 18th, Professor Jin gave a lecture called “China’s Foreign Strategy and Policy”. He mainly introduced China’s evolution of diplomatic strategy and policy, and analyzed its influencing factor. Professor Jin emphasized different standpoints of China’s Foreign Strategy and Policy in the field, he encouraged students to develop critical thinking and be brave in express their opinions.

He pointed out great changes in China have attracted worldwide attention, China’s influence has increased significantly, China is active in the world arena, the attention of the world needs to experience China. Although China's strength has risen, China's national interests will not change. The five principles of peaceful coexistence, independence and non-interference in other countries are the guiding principles of the national foreign strategy.



Professor LI Jinliang

Associate Professor in Finance at School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University; Dean of Office of International Cooperation and Exchange, Tsinghua University.

On July 19th, Professor Li’s lecture “Achievements and challenges of China’s reform and opening-up” was held in Main Building. He introduced the achievements of China's economic development, the driving force behind the economic success since the reform and opening up, and the challenges faced by the development. He also pointed out the rise of China's economy has made an important contribution to the world economic development, while the focus of the world economy is shifting to Asia. The driving force for China to achieve such achievements lies in reform and opening up.

Since opening up, China has been in the process of industrialization and urbanization. From the global trend, Professor Li pointed out that China economic development is in the second wave of globalization after World War II. Since the reform and opening up, China's entry into the world economic and trade system has not only promoted its own economic development, but also further promoted the process of global economic integration.


Professor YU Gang

Cheung Kong Scholar and Chair Professor of Environmental Science& Engineering, Tsinghua University.

On July 20th morning, Professor Yu gave a lecture “China’s Environmental protection”. He mainly introduced the governance structure, legal system, achievements, existing problems and future tasks of environmental protection in China.

Professor Yu at a beginning introduced the concept and classification of the environment to the main environmental problems (water pollution, air pollution, waste pollution, biodiversity loss) and its causes, at the same time pointed out that the environmental problem is an important problem faced by all countries in the world,  everyone needs to work together to deal with it.

Professor Yu also introduced the persistent organic pollutants (POPs), a global environmental issue, which illustrates China's POPs problems and the effectiveness of the implementation of the Stockholm convention. Finally, Professor Yu Gang introduced the main task of environmental protection work in China during the "13th Five-Year".


Professor WANG Hui

Professor and Cheung Kong Scholar at Department of Chinese Literature and Department of History, and Director of Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University.

On the morning of July 21st, Professor Wang gave a lecture on the theme of "Imperialism, Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in Early 20th Century China" in the reception hall of the main building of Tsinghua University.

At the beginning of the lecture, Professor Wang put forward the question of "how to define China's twentieth Century", and emphasized that this is a special time period different from any previous era, which caused everyone to discuss and think. In order to make students better understand in twentieth Century, Professor Wang led everyone reviewed the history of the world in 19th century, and introduces the different views of Eric Hobsbawm and Jürgen Osterhammel.

At the beginning of the twentieth Century, the waves broke out in Asia, the revolution swept through Russia, Iran, Turkey and other countries, of which the Chinese XinHai revolution in 1911 was the most far-reaching impact. In Professor Wang’s view, China's twentieth century has two characteristics: one is the continuation of the Empire and the country in the process of the revolution at the beginning of the century; two, it is the continuation of the revolution and post-revolutionary era at the end of the century.