Xue Qikun, a national lawmaker and president of the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), said at the annual session of the National People’s Congress on Tuesday that the country’s focus on the development of education, science and technology has not only helped the country achieve prosperity but also cultivated his generation of science educators.
“As a science educator, I feel blessed as our country attaches great importance to the development of education and advancement of science and technology. I felt this very deeply after I studied overseas for eight years,” Xue said.
Xue took SUSTech as an example. The university has achieved leapfrog development since its establishment 12 years ago. The development benefited from the country’s policies such as the development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the guideline on supporting Shenzhen in building a pilot demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
SUSTech introduced a batch of renowned scientists and produced many creative sci-tech research results. Last year, The university was included into the Double First-Class Initiative, an initiative designed by the Chinese Government to construct world-class universities and disciplines.
China is accelerating the building of an innovation-driven country and this will provide “a wider platform for science and education workers,” Xue said. “I will dedicate to achieving more sci-tech breakthroughs to repay the country’s support,” he said.