The first aspect of the school’s motto is“advocating the virtues”,which is from The Great Learning:“The tenet of university is to carry forward the virtue of being open and aboveboard,and to also make people reject the old for the new and reach the perfect state”.In this context,“Advocating the virtues”(ming ming de in Chinese)refers to“manifest the virtue of being open and aboveboard”.The first“ming”is used as a verb,while the second is used as an adjective.It means to highlight our moral character of being open and straightforward and to also prevent us from being deceived by selfish desire.
In the first aspect of the school motto,“advocating the virtues”refers to the school-running ideas of our school--focusing on educating people and also giving priority to moral education.To the school,morality is the foundation for educating students;to the students,morality is the foundation for them to achieve self-development.The virtue of school management is to abide by laws and virtues of the school.The virtue of teachers is that a man of virtue can be a teacher and a learned man can be a paragon.The virtue of employees is to respect and love their own post and job,as well as to also educate people.The virtue of students is that they should understand that they need to be great,poised,wise,harmonious and creative before they can become useful people.
Since the ancient times,erudition has been the most basic requirement that Chinese scholars put forward on themselves.As said in Chapter 19 of the Book of Rites·The Doctrine of Mean,“Learn extensively,investigate problems thoroughly,make careful reflection,make clear discrimination and practice earnestly”.Thus,learning is divided into five progressive stages.Extensive learning is the beginning,which means that the first aspect of learning is to learn extensively and cultivate abundant and vigorous curiosity.The word“extensiveness”also means being broad and tolerant.Only being broad and tolerant can help absorb anything and everything,and can also bring a world vision and an open mind to learners,in order to make them truly be“all-inclusive”.
Confucius said:“It is best to be benevolent”.Beauty is the harmonious integration of the“beauty of human inner feelings”and the“beauty of the external form”.It is not only the highest state and pursuit of the beauty of art,but also includes the beauty of mind,the beauty of morality and the beauty of sentiment.“Inspire truth with beauty,admire beauty in the mind and advocate beauty in action.”In this context,“advocating beauty”not only refers to the advocacy and pursuit of the beauty of art and the beauty of the mind,morality and sentiment,but it also requires students to have the mind of advocating beauty,such as having the correct esthetic idea and noble esthetic interest,the ability of transforming natural beauty,social beauty and artistic beauty into the accomplishment of life,as well as the spiritual realm where both teachers and students maintain a mental state of being positive,aiming high and working hard.
“Dare to be the first,have the courage to create,work hard in order to seek the truth and take pleasure in innovation.”“Innovation”means blazing new trails in a pioneering spirit and continually moving on.To open up is a kind of spirit and a kind of courage.The people who have the spirit and courage are able to do everything best,they are unwilling to yield to others and they dare to be the first.Innovation is a pursuit and a kind of ability.A nation with the ability to innovate is great and a man who works hard for innovation is invincible.