ECNU convenes “Symposium on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Excellence”


2 March, under the theme of “Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Excellence” ECNU President Qian Xuhong held in-depth discussions with winners of the previous China International College Students’ “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition.


At this symposium, Yuan Shuai, an alumnus from the Faculty of Economics and Management, shared his philanthropic experiences in education, including his participation in the revision of Law on the Protection of Minors and Law on the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency. Moreover, he has contributed to poverty alleviation, volunteer teaching programs, and rural revitalization. Yuan concluded that entrepreneurs should have the vision of educators and hold on to the inspiration for what they love to do.

Wang Fengyi, an alumnus from the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, introduced his entrepreneurial experience of supplying agricultural production factors through ecological remediation, while formulating green recycling agriculture initiatives through pollution treatment. Wang also introduced latest progress of the technologyt ransfers between his start-up company and Pinghu City.

Jiang Qilin, a doctoral student from the State Key Laboratory of Precision Spectroscopy, shared his step-by-step journey from the technology development of aerospace combustion liners to innovation and entrepreneurship. Studying under the guidance of his tutor, Jiang believes that innovation means “to gradually achieve goals with your ideas and efforts, as well as consideration of current social needs”. Jiang also committed the work “to find a group of like-minded partners, with whom together working to promote the career and maximize the win-win situation between economic benefits and social effects”.

According to Hou Zhangyu, an undergraduate from the School of Physics and Electronic Sciences, her devotion to research has enriched and deepened her limited formative years. Due to her own dedication with her tutor’s support, focusing on solar battery studies has yielded success in innovation and entrepreneurship research. Hou said her all-around development is attributable to ECNU’s inclusive atmosphere that blends liberal arts with sciences and encourages common progress of artistic and physical education.


Qian Jiawei, a doctoral student from the Software Engineering Institute, reflected how he continuously broke technological barriers, published articles on top journals and integrated enterprises, universities, research institutes and end-users during his masters and doctoral years. Aiming to solve the national data-sharing problem, Dr Qian and his team explored a privacy computing technique based on quantum passwords, which won them a golden award in the industry division at the Internet Plus Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition.

Mr. Zhang Jilin first presented the development and social value of his startup with several figures. For Mr. Zhang, the most impressive insight he learned is that mass entrepreneurship and innovation rely on solid institutional support, which can also give back to the society by creating jobs and social values.


Principal Qian replied to the questions proposed by the students in attendance. Principal Qian stressed that in the era of mass entrepreneurship and innovation, pioneering spirits have unique advantages in providing situational experience education and serving the society, and can serve as the new booster promoting reforms of talent cultivation modes. In addition, the mass entrepreneurship and innovation cultural atmosphere featured by common progress and mutual benefit among teachers and students is conducive to nurture more excellent talents in the new era that dare to challenge authorities with a critical, independent and adventurous spirit.

Author: Xu XIncheng

Editor:Li Mengjie


East China Normal University