The main body of this emblem consists of various elements, including three pine trees, an open book and the founding year (1984) of the university. As pine tree is a symbol of indomitable will and noble character, the image of tree represents the objective of our university to educate the students by generations. Three pine trees refer to men of talent coming forth in succession and the merger of three colleges; the three crowns of the pine tree indicate the harmonious unity of the university's operation idea: academic performance, technical nature and normal education; the open book and the gear design on the upper edge of the emblem show that our university attaches great importance to both the imparting of theoretical knowledge as well asthe improvement of practice competence and disciplinary features with focus on science and engineering subjects. Meanwhile, the open book is like a bird soaring to the sky with spread wings, indicating that the students will fly high to a bright future.
and Commitment Unbound
Houde(Profound virtue) comes fromThe Book of Changes: “As Heaven moves with unchanging vigour, a man of noble character should constantly strive for self-perfection.” “As Earth is comprehensively receptive, a man of noble character should hold the outer world with great virtue.” “Profound virtue” means great kindness, broad mind and generous dedication, caring little about personal gains or losses.
Boxue(Sound knowledge) comes from“The Chapter of Zizhang” in The Analects of Confucius: “Learn widely and be steadfast in your purpose, inquire earnestly and reflect on what is at hand.” The Etymological of Chinese Characters indicates that “bo” (sound) refers to thorough understanding, that is, being broad and extensive. “Boxue (Sound knowledge)”refers to extensive learning, or being learned. It is intended to emphasize that one can be equipped with a solid theoretical foundation and proficient skills by learning extensively, thus mastering liberal arts, sciences and other branches of knowledge.
Duxing(Unbound commitment) comes from“The Doctrine of the Mean” in The Book of Rites: “Study it extensively, inquire into it prudently, think it over thoroughly, distinguish it clearly and practice it earnestly.” “Du (Unbound)” means unswerving, steadfast, wholehearted and persevering. “Duxing” indicates firm belief, perseverance, down-to-earth attitude, earnest commitment, as well as an indomitable and courageous spirit in face of frustration.
“Profound virtue” is to reveal the university’s dignified, modest and striving-for-the-best character, anticipating that the faculties and students will forge ahead with self-discipline and moral integrity, stand upright with noble-mindedness, and take on heavy responsibilities with broad mind and generous attitude. “Profound virtue” lays emphasis on the faculties and students’ development of noble character and cultural cultivation. In this way, the teachers serving as role models will show dedication to their work and be conscientiously responsible for the nurturing of later generations; students in their prime will develop moral integrity and academic performance to forge ahead with high aspiration and endeavour.
“Sound knowledge” is to demonstrate the university’s tradition of rigorous academic attitude, urging faculties and students to work hard, learn from others, have the whole world in view, accept various opinions and pursue extensive learning and profound knowledge. As a university, it should be all inclusive in academic thoughts, styles and views.Teachers should be equipped with profound knowledge and sophisticated attainments. Students should lay a solid foundation to comprehensively improve their integrated competence.
“Unbound commitment” is to show that the university lays emphasis on practice, adheres to the ideas of practice, and guides faculties and students to be steadfast in their work and apply their knowledge to practice. “Practice” is the purpose and ultimate goal of “learning”. In order to make achievements and realize dreams, it is a basic requirement to establish goals and take action in a practical and unswerving manner without empty talk and fickleness.
With “Pursuing Virtue Profound, Knowledge Sound, and Commitment Unbound” as the motto of the university, we expect our faculties and students to reach a high state and achieve ideal goals in moral integrity, academic performance and practice. “Profound Virtue” highlights the development concept of moral education-first; “Sound Knowledge” serves as the objective of learning and research; “Unbound Commitment”, the last stage of learning, implements the acquired knowledge, which emphasizes the practice-oriented educational idea. “Profound (Hou)”, “Sound (Bo)” and “Unbound (Du)” demonstrate the profound and rich spiritual foundation and humanistic connotation; “Virtue (De)”, “Knowledge (Xue)”, and “Commitment (Xing)” indicate the university’s development objectives to train students with moral integrity and academic competence,as well asthe education concept with unity of knowledge and action, which also comply with the university’s operation approach of “promoting the cultivation of specialized application-oriented talents.”
“Profound Virtue”, “Sound knowledge” and “Unbound Commitment” are inseparably interconnected, revealing the comprehensive requirement of “morality” and “competence” as well as the integrated unity of “learning” and “practice”. The motto to “Pursue Virtue Profound, Knowledge Sound, and Commitment Unbound” is a combination of tradition and modernity, and a six-character embodiment of cultural connotationand the characteristics of the university, so as to demonstrate our cultural heritage and continuous development of talent cultivation.