The Fifth Session of Professor’s Café: Academician Yang Fuqing Talks about the Road of Life”

Editor's Note?Professor’s Cafe is a great serial activity of campus culture established by Office of Student Affairs, PKU, where a renowned professor is invited to communicate with students on the topics of growing up experiences, spirits of sciences and humanities. Academician Yang Fuqing, director-general of the School of Software and Microelectronics, Peking University, Professor of the School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, is the special guest of the fifth “Professor’s Café”, where she had a discussion on the theme of “The road of life”. This article reprints “The Fifth Session of Professor’s Café: Academician Yang Fuqing Talks about the Road of Life” from PKU News and “Micro Quotes of Professor’s Café: Academician Yang Fuqing Talks about the Road of Life” from the Wechat platform Little Helper of Yanyuan Students.

The Fifth Session of Professor’s Café: Academician Yang Fuqing Talks about the Road of Life”?

The Fifth Session of Professor’s Café, hosted by Office of Student Affairs, PKU, was held in the History Museum of Guanghua School of Management on the morning of May 29. Academician Yang Fuqing of the School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science had a discussion with 22 students who signed up from the Wechat platform Little Helper of Yanyuan Students. Zhang Qingdong, Director of Student Affairs, and Deputy Director Chen Zhengwei also attended the activity.

Professor’s Café

At the beginning of the Professor’s Café, Yang said that in order to attend this Professor’s Café, she had thought about these questions before, and hoped that students could speak out freely, and topics should not be limited to the academic field, instead, topics about “practices of life” were also welcomed. “The road of life is a road of hard work, service for the country and devotion. It is also a road of practice and realization of values.” Yang said. ? ?

Zhou Zongkai, a student of the School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, invited Academician Yang to share her learning experience and perceptions. Yang recalled her inspirations in mathematics when she was young, and said that one time she was given extra score for unique way of solving problems. Yang added, “Learning is not only collecting knowledge, but thinking about the rules of learning, searching for the relevance to different methods.” For her interests in literature and history, she also suggested that students should broaden their knowledge, should dip into different majors widely. ? ? ?

“No one can always sail through life. ?When I was in the middle school, I did best in the mathematics, so my teacher advised me to leaning mathematics in university. But I failed the first mathematics exam, Calculus. Then I wrote a letter to my teacher Feng Qiyong, saying that I want to come back to the middle school. Feng wrote back: ‘during one’s life, he or she will encounter difficulties, setbacks, and frustrations, what you should do is to go forward, overcome difficulties and go across setbacks. ?Return to the start is going downhill, you can only grow and have achievement if you go forward.’ ?I would benefit from his words in my lifetime. Afterwards, I felt released and paid more attention to others’ learning methods and strong points. Finally I mastered the rule of learning and got the highest score in Real Variable in Prof. Jiang Zepei’s class. Then I regained my confidence.”

Academician Yang Fuqing communicated with students. ?

Wang Yuanyuan, a student of the School of Chinese as A Second Language asked a question about how to go through the bottleneck period. Yang thought that, students should integrate personal ambition into the group, and the power of the group can help to overcome the bottleneck period. And the college life, namely, the youth period, is the growing stage of life, which is also the formation period of the outlook and values. Students should not only learn knowledge, promote their abilities, but also improve the morality, and never separate morality from intelligence. She remembered that students in the 1950s and 1960s did not have so many temptations, so they wanted to serve the nation and people. So when the lights were blacked out, Yang would go to read deep into night in teachers’ dorms. She would also carry her lunch basin and rush into the library to reserve a seat before going to the canteen, without feeling laborious. When Yang recalled her experience of being sent to study in the Soviet Union, she said that because of her gratitude towards the nation, she could calm her mind easily and was quite diligent. In the Soviet Union, she saw the computer for the first time, and she even succeeded in her first computer program, which also amazed her Russian teacher. ? ? ?

Yang expected that students can grasp the youth time, and be strict with themselves. “Youth comes but once in a lifetime, we cannot do meaningless things. ?Once you do something, you should do your utmost to achieve the best. There are always someone who says that I looks young. Because I always stay with young people, and your vitality makes me young. I have the ambition to fight for the national prosperity and revival, and this ambition also makes me young.” ? ?

When answering the questions of Yin Jun, a student of Guanghua School of Management, Yang said modestly, “I am not the leading authority in academy, but rather a paving stone. ?The science technology develops fast, so one person’s ability is limited, and we can only make contributions when working together. I’m just one of the assiduous members, at last, a leader. ?The burden on the leader is very heavy. If he leads the wrong way, it is a group of people, rather himself, that would suffer. ? ??

When Yang answered the question about job selection, raised by Jin Qiang, a student of the School of Software and Microelectronics, she said that “There is no difference of dignity in jobs, neither in people. To respect others is to be respected. If you show your respect to others, they will respect you as well.” She hoped that students can be thankful and work with the attitude of serving the society. “Chance is fair to everyone, and it depends on how you capture the chance. My suggestion is that, you should contribute to the country, and grow with the trend of the times” She also expressed her wish that “genius comes from diligence, and great achievements come from pragmatic actions”, and she expected students can put what they’ve learnt into practice.

Academician Yang Fuqing took photos with students

Professor’s Cafe is a great serial activity of campus culture established by Office of Student Affairs, PKU, where renowned professors are invited to communicate with students on the topics of growing up experiences, spirits of sciences and humanities, which has been held successfully for 5 sessions. ?In the future, Office of Student Affairs will continue to invite famous professors to join the Professor’s Cafe and communicate with students. ?Activity announcements, news and micro quotes of Professor’s Café are released via the Wechat platform Little Helper of Yanyuan Students.

Micro Quotes of Professor’s Café: Prof. Yang Fuqing Talks about the Road of Life

? ? ? ?1、The road of life is a road of hard work, service for the country and devotion. It is also a road of practice and realization of values.

? ? ? ?2、People should have dreams and goals, should work hard and be tough, should have team spirits, should think of others, and put yourself in others’ shoes.

? ? ? ?3、Learning is not only collecting knowledge, but cultivating ability, the ability to collect knowledge. Four years of undergraduate course is the stage to lay the foundation, when you can improve your thinking ability, analysis ability and problem solving ability by acquiring knowledge. At that time, knowledge can be absorbed by heart.

? ? ? ?4、Peking University is a multi-disciplinary comprehensive university, where students of different majors can come into contact with each other, communicate with each other, and absorb the knowledge and concepts of different disciplines, to broaden horizons, expand and deepen their majors. ?When I walk along with two others, they may serve me as my teachers.

? ? ? ?5、People should read more, think more, especially the classics. Classics are the heritage of thousands of years, and their influences are invisible, which can cultivate your tastes and improve your culture attainment. ??

? ? ? ?6、Teaching is to cultivate student’s thinking ability and innovation spirit.

? ? ? ?7、The responsibility of teachers is to discover students’ potential, to arouse their interests, to enlighten the wisdom, and to cultivate confidence.

? ? ? ?8、 Engaging in scholarship should calm and concentrate, persistently.?

? ? ? ?9、When determining the research direction, people should be conscientious, rigorous, far-sighted, and needs-oriented, not only considering the development trend of international science, but also pay close attention to the development direction. ??

? ? ? ?10、After determining the research direction, people should stick to it and be tough. When you encounter difficulties, obstacles or are not understood, you should have confidence, the bravery to overcome the difficulties, and the tough spiriting of being cold-shouldered

? ? ? ?11、People should be honest and conscientious. Once you make a promise, you have to do it conscientiously, and do the best you can. “The word, earnest, is most difficult to be done in the world.”

? ? ? ?12、Peking University is always new, in this kind of atmosphere, I always like to do something creative and challenging. The more challenging the task is, the more excited I am. And the more difficult it is, the more motivated I am.

? ? ? ?13、I am not the leading authority in academy, but rather a paving stone. I am honored to be called “the paving stone of software engineering”.

? ? ? ?14、The science technology develops fast, so one person’s ability is limited, and we can only make contributions when working together. I’m just one of the assiduous members, at last, a leader

? ? ? ?15、What I gain is that, the achievement is utilized, the team grow up, and the discipline has been developed. What makes us regret is that due to the limits of environment and conditions, several things haven’t been done. I would like to work hard with you. Old people may still cherish high aspirations.

? ? ? ?16、The country’s need is my aspiration.

? ? ? ?17、There are always someone who says that I looks young. Because I always stay with young people, and your vitality makes me young. I have the ambition to fight for the national prosperity and revival, and this ambition also makes me young.

? ? ? ?18、You should have a graceful heart, a heart of serving the country. Individuals should integrate personal ambition into the national undertakings, and transform the thankful heart into the responsibility to the country. Opportunities and chances of history will be around you.

? ? ? ?19、Struggling persistently and unselfish dedication will make you good son or daughter of the country, and make you the useful man to realize the Chinese dream. You will also enjoy a great deal of fun and incomparable happiness in the struggle and dedication. ?

? ? ? ?20、Genius comes from diligence, and great achievements come from pragmatic actions.