CGTN: What is behind young Chinese people’s lofty ambitions?

BEIJING, June 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Chinese people have long valued the importance of setting lofty goals and striving for them with persistence. “No ambition, no achievement,” said Wang Yangming (1472-1529), a Chinese thinker in the Ming Dynasty.

Chinese President Xi Jinping quoted Wang’s words in May 2018 to encourage young people to carry on the tradition.

“The Chinese youth should foster a striving spirit, be firm with ideals, hold fast to beliefs, be brave enough to face difficulties and forge ahead, and work hard in an unyielding manner,” Xi said during an inspection tour of Peking University in the Chinese capital.

He called on young people to closely link their ideals to the future of the country and strive for national rejuvenation.

From methane tank to Chinese dream

Xi found his career ambition at a young age when working in a small village in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

In 1969, the 15-year-old Xi arrived in Liangjiahe Village as part of a campaign that saw tens of millions of urban educated youth living and working in the countryside. He spent nearly seven years there and discovered his lifelong mission in the process – to make a difference by serving the people.

Xi joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1974. Then, he became the Party secretary of Liangjiahe, and led the villagers to accomplish a series of projects to benefit local residents, including building a dam, methane tanks, a sewing workshop, a consignment store and a mill.

In order to build methane tanks that could provide the villagers with gas for their cookers and lights, Xi traveled to the neighboring Sichuan Province to learn about the techniques. On his return to Liangjiahe, he found out practice was harder than theory.

“The digging of the first methane tank was difficult,” he recalled in an interview in 2004. “The water around the tank kept rising, but there was no sign of gas. The problem turned out to be a blocked pipe. When we finally cleared the obstruction, the pipe splashed manure over my face. Immediately, gas started gushing out, so we quickly connected the pipe to the stove. An over 30-cm high flame rose up above our methane stove.”

During another interview in 2003, Xi summarized how the experience in Liangjiahe had influenced him: “I saw the power of the people and the foundation of their lives. It was then that I really started to understand the people and society.”

Throughout his political career in different parts of China, Xi maintained and strengthened his ties with the people and strived to improve their lives. After becoming a leader at the national level, he called on the whole Party and nation to work together for a better China.

“To meet the people’s desire for a happy life is our mission,” Xi said when meeting the press after being elected as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee in November 2012.

He raised the concept of the Chinese dream two weeks later when attending an exhibition themed “The Road Toward Renewal.” He said achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is the country’s biggest dream in modern times.

In June 2019, the Party leadership launched a nationwide educational campaign among the 90 million CPC members, urging them to stay true to the Party’s original aspiration and founding mission – to seek happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

New generations join the mission

Today, more and more young Chinese are joining the mission to create a better future for the country and its people.

Current affairs commentator Einar Tangen said young Chinese people are waking up and want to play an active part in the country’s development.

“I think a lot of young people have woken up and said, ‘Listen, if China is gonna go forward, it’s going to need the best from our generation. And I want to be part of that,’” Tangen told CGTN in a recent interview.

“A lot of the economic success has come over the last 40 years. They’re proud of how far China has come,” he added.

“We as the young generation hold the responsibilities of the times,” said Zhu Yuhuilan, a student at Peking University. “We shall accept our responsibilities and make achievements.”

As young generations devote themselves to ambitious goals, China can take on various challenges along its journey more confidently – whether it is poverty relief, the fight against COVID-19 or the transformation of its growth model.–110NIEcv2ow/index.html

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Dubai Chamber wins 2021 US Green Building Council Middle East Leadership Award

DUBAI, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently added another award to its list of achievements by winning the 2021 US Green Building Council (USGBC) Middle East Leadership Award.

The Chamber was presented with the award during a virtual ceremony hosted by USGBC. The award recognised the Chamber for its outstanding efforts in creating healthier and more sustainable buildings and communities.

Dubai Chamber’s headquarters is a prime example of one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly buildings in the Middle East. The Chamber has achieved LEED Platinum certification three times over the last 15 years, which is a testament to its commitment to environmental stewardship.

Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber, said, “Dubai Chamber is honoured to be named a 2021 USGBC Regional Leadership Award recipient by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). This achievement reaffirms the Chamber’s commitment towards sustainability and being a role model for the business community.”

He explained that the Chamber’s headquarters building is one of the first buildings in the region to certify under LEED EB O+M followed by LEED Platinum re-certification over the years. He also noted that the campus of the University of Dubai, an initiative of Dubai Chamber, achieved LEED Gold certification for New Construction and LEED Platinum certification for Existing Building Operations and Management following the completion of a solar project. The university is currently pursuing LEED Zero certification.

Buamim noted that the newly constructed Dubai Chamber extension building has been designed in line with LEED Building Design & Construction standards at the Platinum level. The Chamber is currently pursuing LEED ARC Parksmart accreditations. The building will use Solar PV systems and wind turbines to generate its power.

“Following a difficult year, it is truly inspiring to recognise our green building leaders that have continued their commitment to green building and sustainable communities while adapting to the changing environments around us,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “The 2021 USGBC Leadership Award awardees have improved our world through the power of green building and it is their contributions and work that have helped our communities stay safe and healthy.”

The 2021 USGBC Leadership Award recipients represent some of the best of USGBC’s 10,000 member organisations, a network of committed professionals with more than 106,000 LEED commercial projects in more than 180 countries and territories around the world. The efforts of the awardees stand out as exceptional examples of sustainability leadership among a strong and growing network of projects, companies and individuals.

Source: Emirates News Agency

DoH showcases Abu Dhabi’s successful response to COVID-19 at Arab Health 2021

ABU DHABI, Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is virtually participating at Arab Health 2021, which is hosting over 300 international and regional speakers and 5,200+ peers from 21-24 June, 2021 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

As part of its participation, DoH will exhibit a series of cutting edge initiatives developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while key speakers from DoH will share their insights, highlight trends in healthcare and host webinars on a range of issues.

Along with other healthcare innovators at the exhibition, DoH will be revealing its development and implementation of digital-driven health initiatives to highlight its ongoing efforts to further transform and improve the healthcare ecosystem in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This reveal includes innovative projects and platforms like Next Generation Nurses, Shiffa Program, OnVue Proctoring, Abu Dhabi Healthcare Quality Index, Health TechHub and more.

These projects have been successfully optimised and designed in collaboration with partners like Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi Investment Office,, Khalifa University and others.

During the event, held under the theme of ‘Looking Ahead. Embracing Innovation’, key speakers from DoH and ADPHC will present and shed light on key trending topics in healthcare, including Dr. Farida Al Hosani, Executive Director of Communicable Diseases Department at the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC), and Official Spokesperson of the UAE Health Sector; Dr. Omniyat Al Hajeri, Executive Director of ADPHC’s Public Health Department; and Asma Ahmed Al Ameri, Head of the Quality Monitoring Section at DoH. Topics include the evolution of quality management in the tech and digital era, targeted healthcare for special groups during COVID-19 and infection control.

Dr. Hamed Ali Al Hashemi, Director of Strategy at DoH, said, “Abu Dhabi has stepped up and set new benchmarks for the world with its fight against the pandemic. The healthcare sector prioritised innovation from the outset of the pandemic. As a result, the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi and its partners have successfully solidified Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading destination in the healthcare sector.”

“DoH is delighted to be part of this global event and share Abu Dhabi’s experience, especially at such a critical moment in the healthcare community. Arab Health 2021 is an opportunity for us to showcase our current health and technology projects while sharing best practices, knowledge and insights with other healthcare innovators in the sector. We look forward to connecting and being part of broader conversations that are focused on the future of patient-centred healthcare; conversations that will hopefully propel Abu Dhabi’s healthcare system even further,” he added.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAEU at Expo 2020 applies Piscine Method, first in UAE, to shortlist applicants

AL AIN, The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has announced its participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest world exposition to be held in Dubai this year.

As the only participating university with an independent pavilion, the world-class institution will exhibit ‘The University of the Future’ (UoF) alongside its primary programmes – the Pathfinders Programme and the 100 Million Stars Labs in its planned engagement.

The Pathfinders Programme 1.0 has officially begun on 27th May 2021. As part of its selection criteria, applicants went through the Piscine Method exercise before the programme– a competitive two-week bootcamp where participants solved computational coding quests to earn points that have been counted for them to have a chance to participate in the Pathfinders Programme 1.0. It is the first time this method is applied in the UAE.

The curriculum is rigorously designed for the learning skills of the digital world and the technology industry. Taking a different approach than the classic teaching methods today; no teachers, no classes, learning is facilitated through peer-to-peer learning and a co-creative process in a professional environment.

Nicolas Sadirac, French EdTech entrepreneur, Chief Pedagogy Officer and cofounder of 01 Edu, and the founder of the Piscine Method, said, “01 Edu pedagogy develops technical skills, critical thinking, collective intelligence and collaboration skills, autonomy and problem-solving minds that coincides with the University of the Future needs. As generations continue to get exposed in the digital world with every practice involving electronic machinery, the science behind it progresses along with it, and we have extremely capable young people who seek to gain knowledge.”

The six-month-long Pathfinders Programme is a unique learning experience for fresh graduates. The Pathfinders will go through an immersive experience of a five-phase learning journey from inception, pathfinding, immersion, conception, to fulfilment to discover their passion.

The multifaceted programme will let Pathfinders choose an impact path between extend life, expand life, sustain life, and enhance life, and acquire essential intellectual knowledge that will be used to co-create and produce solutions to address pressing macro-challenges of the world.

The programme had begun its application stage from December 2020 to February 2021 and received hundreds of applications. Based on the learnings and feedback from Pathfinders Programme 1.0, adjustments will be made in the curriculum that is currently incubated in the UAEU Science and Innovation Park.

The second stretch of the programme, the Pathfinders Programme 2.0 will open soon to start accepting applications locally and across the world.

Source: Emirates News Agency