Two students win National Self-Improvement Stars awards


Two ECNU students have clinched the 2016 National Self-Improvement Stars awards.

Guo Haijun, a first-year Ph.D candidate with the Education Faculty, received the title of the National Self-Improvement Star, while Ciren Quzong, a senior undergraduate student with Meng Xiancheng College, was honored with the nomination award.

Launched by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China and All-China Students’ Federation in 2008, the annual selection aims to find the role model of university students who are self-reliant and positive to achieve their goals as well as to encourage youths to surmount setbacks and ceaselessly strive along.

Guo Haijun: an innovator with the dream of making a strong nation

Guo Haijun

In 2009, Guo was recommended for admission to ECNU with exemption from the entry exam to study ecology, by feat of three heavyweight awards that he had won as a senior high school student - the third prize of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition, and the second prizes of the national Little Scientists of Tomorrow and China Adolescents Science & Technology Innovation Contest. In 2013, he became a graduate student in the Education Department, shifting from science to liberal arts. By then, he had owned patents of three State-level inventions.

In 2011, Guo won the first prize in the science category at the 12th Challenge Cup National Undergraduate Curricular Academic Science and Technology Contest, the biggest and most influential competition for university students on science and technology in China. Four years later, he reaped the first prize in the liberal arts category in the same competition, with a research program titled “A price to pay for your dream - growth and bewilderment of young science and technology talent”.

Newspapers such as the Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po newspaper, the Guangming Daily and Xinmin Evening News, gave a large coverage of Guo’s prize-winning research program, which was praised by the then-Shanghai Vice Mayor Shen Xiaoming.

Guo started up his own business in 2015.

Shi Xinming, who was then vice head of the School of Department of Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China, the organizer of the Challenge Cup, spoke of Guo in glowing terms, saying he had made history by becoming the first student to win first prizes in both science and liberal arts categories in the contest.

Guo also showed a warm heart for charity. He has been serving as vice chairman of the Student Council of the Youth Elite Club of the Shanghai Science and Technology Association since 2009, during which he made many visits to Beijing to teach children of migrant workers popular science.

In July 2011, he joined the volunteer team organized by the Song Ching-ling Foundation to offer psychological counseling to survivors of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in HanwangTownship.

Guo started up his own business in 2015 and has since been devoted to primary and middle school science education, hoping his experience of scientific innovation and knowledge about education could render help to growth of more children.

Ciren Quzong: a would-be teacher determined to serve hometown

Ciren Quzong (left)

An ideological and political education major of the Tibetan nationality, Ciren Quzong has been unswervingly pursuing excellence because she knows that studying in a Shanghai university is a hard-won opportunity for a student from remote areas like her. She has a strong will to go back to her hometown to teach local children after graduation.

She performed well at the university and is a frequent recipient of city- and university-level scholarships. She was enthusiastic about organizing mutual-aid groups to help students of ethnic minorities improve. As head of the Tibetan Culture Association “Ganglamedo”, she acts a big sister to Tibetan newcomers to help them adapt to campus life and creates opportunities for them to take part in social practice.

Ciren Quzong  has woked as a volunteer teacher in remote regions of Tibet in summer vacation for two consecutive years 

The deputy to the 16th Congress of the Shanghai Students’ Federation made a proposal on promoting communication and cultural exchanges among ethnic groups at the session, which she believed would benefit minority students.

The public-spirited girl participated in voluntary services organized by the cultural center of Huacao international community, Children’s Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University, and Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. She went to work as a volunteer teacher in remote regions of Tibet in summer vacation for two consecutive years and her story has been covered by media including the Jiefang Daily newspaper and Tibet cn.


East China Normal University