Inaugural Ceremony Held for Center for Science and Technology Development and Governance, Tsinghua University
On January 16, the inaugural ceremony of the Center for Science and Technology Development and Governance (THUSTDG), Tsinghua University, was successfully held. The center was cofounded by Tsinghua University and the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) to promote China’s scientific and technological development and governance system construction, facilitate the modernization of the national governance system and governance capacity, and play a leading role in global scientific and technological governance. Huai Jinpeng, Secretary of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Secretary of CAST; Xu Nanping, Vice Minister and Member of CPC Leading Group, Ministry of Science and Technology; and Qiu Yong, President of Tsinghua University and Cochairman of the THUSTDG Leading Group, delivered addresses at the ceremony. Gao Song, Vice President of CAST and President of South China University of Technology; Chen Zuoning, Vice President of CAST and Vice President and Member of CPC Leading Group, Chinese Academy of Engineering; You Zheng, Vice President of Tsinghua University and Vice Director of the THUSTDG Leading Group, attended the event. Shu Wei, Member of CPC Leading Group, Executive Secretary of CAST, and Vice Chairman of the THUSTDG Leading Group, hosted the ceremony.
In his speech, Qiu Yong said that globalization and technological revolution are the two most important changes in the 21st century. The scientific and technological revolution has strongly promoted human development, but it has also triggered value conflicts and social problems. Therefore, we should not only focus on science and technology (S&T) itself but also think outside the box, with emphasis on S&T governance. Tsinghua University and CAST have a long history of cooperation, and the establishment of THUSTDG marks a deepening cooperation between them. Seizing the opportunity of THUSTDG’s establishment, Tsinghua University will maximize its multidisciplinary advantages, build a first-class think tank platform, establish an advanced scientific research team, vigorously promote research and institutional innovation, and provide strong intellectual support for constructing a national S&T governance system and developing China into a world leader in S&T.
Huai Jinpeng said that S&T governance is the foundation for cultivating a global leader in S&T and serving high-quality development. Hence, we should fully assess the profound impact of the global S&T industry transformation on the historical convergence of China’s economic and social transformation and development, and accelerate the construction of an S&T governance system that suits social needs. THUSTDG should innovate organizational mechanisms; build platforms for research, communication, cooperation, and talent cultivation; and contribute to promoting the modernization of the country’s governance system and governance capability and to building a community of common destiny for all mankind.
Xu Nanping said that founding THUSTDG is a strategic measure for following trends in global S&T development and meeting the country’s urgent needs. Thus, we should keep in mind that technology is a double-edged sword, deepen academic research, promote high-end think tank construction, and give technology a unique role in modern economic and social development.
The ceremony was followed by an academic seminar on the development and governance of S&T. While presiding over the seminar, Jiang Xiaojuan, Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM), said that THUSTDG would devote itself to five key tasks, namely, scientific research, talent training, discipline construction, international cooperation, and political advice. Experts and scholars who attended the seminar conducted in-depth discussions on the new challenges in S&T governance.
(The first meeting of the THUSTDG central leadership group)
Before the inaugural ceremony, the first meeting of the THUSTDG central leadership group was held. The meeting was chaired by Qiu Yong, Cochairman of the THUSTDG Leading Group. The conference adopted the Constitution of THUSTDG by vote, decided the work plan of the center, and endorsed the list of the leaders of the Academic Committee of the center and its institutions.