Xiamen University to Mark Its Centenary Celebration in 2021
April 6, 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of Xiamen University(XMU), and alumni all over the world are looking forward to this centenary celebration to comemorate its past glories and to welcome an even brighter future.
XMU, founded by Tan Kah Kee in 1921 when the nation was in turmoil, was the first university in China founded by an overseas Chinese. With the conviction that “education is the foundation of the nation”, Tan Kah Kee set for XMU the mission of “advancing the frontiers of knowledge, cultivating professional talent, expounding world cultures”, and “building a world-class university”. To fulfill Tan’s vision of “empowering the nation through education”, generations of XMUers over the past century have been dedicated to the motto “Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection”.
With the ambition of building “a well-managed and outstanding” multidisciplinary university that would “rival other major institutions around the world”, XMU recruited a wide range of talents in its early days. During the war, XMU relocated to the western part of Fujian Province and, in spite of hardships, maintained its high standards there for eight years. XMU’s success in sustaining higher education in Southeast China earned it the prestigious reputation of “the Pride of the South”. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, XMU devoted itself to the rejuvenation of the nation and remained on the forefront of China’s mission of higher education as a leading public university. Since Reform and Opening-up, XMU has ridden the waves of innovation and development, utilizing its regional advantages and marching vigorously towards the goal of building a world-renowned research university. In the new era, XMU has embraced greater opportunities while carrying on its proud traditions, embarking on a new journey as it heads towards building a “world-class university with Chinese characteristics”.
XMU has advanced with the times and retained its global perspective over the past 100 years. As a member of the international academe, XMU has long valued diversity, openness, inclusiveness and committed itself to the internationalization of higher education and societal progress. In this increasingly interconnected world, XMU will continue to make concerted efforts with its international partners for academic and research excellence and to build a community with a shared future for mankind.
As ocean waves never cease, our talents have flourished one generation after another. XMU’s influence will last forever if we remain true to our founder’s original aspiration and mission. We will carry forward Tan Kah Kee’s spirit and build upon our hard-earned reputation as “the Pride of the South”. With our high-caliber faculty and staff, we will fulfill our dreams and achieve world-class status under the “Double First-Class University Initiative.” Today, we officially launch this momentous centenary celebration and cordially invite all alumni and friends to join and celebrate on the occasion.
As we sing in our university anthem, we stand ready to join hands with you to explore the unknown and cultivate boundless compassion for the world.
We look forward to you joining us in celebrating our centenary.
April 6, 2020
Website of Xiamen University Centenary Celebration: http://100.xmu.edu.cn
Office of Preparatory Steering Group of Xiamen University Centenary Celebration
Contact: Wu Guangxi
Address: Room 1010, Song’en Building, Xiamen University, 422 South Siming Road, Xiamen, Fujian Province, P. R. China
Secretariat of General Alumni Association of Xiamen University
Contact: Zheng Hui
Secretariat of Xiamen University Education Development Foundation
Contact: Wang Xuejun