President of Yale University: University Value in Turbulent Times

At the opening ceremony in the fall of 2020, Yale University President Peter Salovey delivered a speech via video. He said that the new school year began in a turbulent period, and social conflicts and the epidemic have changed everything. In the face of these severe social problems, he has been thinking about what role universities should play. The following is an excerpt from the speech:

“The important significance of academic research, education, protection and practice is to help us understand the past, so that we can find what we still need to do based on the hard-won achievements of our predecessors and bring about change.

“Faced with such challenges, you will follow the teacher to learn how to analyze problems, how to think critically, and how to express your views clearly. In this process, we also hope that you can pay attention to yourself. Whether you are fighting the global epidemic or Racial conflicts, global climate change, or economic recession, we must be honest about our motives, open our minds, and embrace change. To effectively solve these urgent problems, we must follow the right leaders, not those who have nothing. People who are compassionate and do not know how to cooperate cannot follow those who try to achieve change through manipulation, coercion, and violence.

“Empathy and compassion refer to our desire to communicate with those we have never met, and our worries for those who have encountered misfortune. This is a prerequisite for cooperation. Cooperation means that we work together to solve common problems. The right problem, especially when it is difficult to handle it alone. This requires us to listen to each other in a friendly manner, respect each other’s opinions, and put aside the prejudice that we thought would be difficult to work together at first.

“Let us join hands to meet the existing and the challenges that may arise in the future, and create the world we want.”

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Now that I have attracted your attention, don’t forget to vote on November 3.

—— On September 13, Chris Evans, the actor of Captain America in the Marvel movie series, posted a hot search on Twitter because he mistakenly posted screenshots of private photos on Instagram. Although he immediately deleted the photo, it still sparked discussion around the world. Two days later, Evans responded on Twitter and used his influence to call on Americans to actively participate in the election.

There are still cases of virus infection in China, travel restrictions are still in some areas, and international travel demand is almost zero, but this area has restored hotel occupancy rates to last year’s levels. This dispels people’s doubts about whether the global hotel industry can recover, because China has done it within this year.

——Marriot Hotel Group CEO Arne Sorenson said in an interview with National Public Television (NPR) that it will take three years for global business to recover, and the Chinese market is closest to normal.

I can’t say that China and the United States are interdependent. We benefit from each other. The United States sells jet engines and entertainment products. In the past, we wanted to sell expensive chips. This could create high-paying jobs. Forcing them to make chips on their own means that if it happens in the future Conflict, you not only give up those high-paying positions, but also force them to be completely self-sufficient. So, is this good?

– On September 15, Bill Gates said in an interview with Bloomberg.

China has the largest consumer group in the world. Although affected by the epidemic, the recovery of the Chinese economy on the demand side is slower than on the production side, but with the orderly liberalization of epidemic prevention and control measures, the recovery of consumer demand is expected to become the highlight of China’s economic growth in the second half of the year, and consumption will continue to exert economic growth pressure. The role of cabin stone.

——The words are from Wu Guoqiang, KPMG China Business Development Partner. KPMG conducted two surveys of many CEOs around the world at the beginning and the middle of this year. The results showed that after the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, the CEOs of some of the world’s most influential companies have regarded talent risks as one of the biggest risks to growth. At the same time, compared with CEOs of other countries, Chinese CEOs have more confidence in the development prospects of their own economy and enterprises.