May 4, 2018 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, joins a group of Chinese and foreign students who are discussing topics related to interpreting the "new era" at the School of Marxism of Peking University (PKU) in Beijing, capital of China, May 2, 2018. Xi made an inspection tour of PKU on Wednesday. (Photo/Xinhua)
Peking University faculty also say president is forward-thinking
May 4, 2018 -- Scholars, students and university officials are drawing inspiration from the speech President Xi Jinping made in his visit to Peking University about boosting China's innovation on its own and improving the country's talent lineup.
They said the direction provided by Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, effectively addresses the country's rising need to achieve high-quality, innovation-driven growth and better link education with industries.
In an inspection of the prestigious Beijing university on Wednesday, Xi called for building world-class universities with Chinese characteristics to nurture well-prepared graduates.
The visit was made ahead of China's Youth Day and the 120th anniversary of the university, both on Friday.
At a symposium with university faculty and students, Xi called for nurturing lots of talent in areas like strategic sciences, leading industries and innovation teams capable of becoming pioneers on the global stage.
Deng Hongkui, a Peking University professor of stem cell studies, repeated Xi's point and said university researchers should cultivate more science and technology talent and innovation teams in line with international standards.