The 2013 Summer Camp for High School Students of the College of Engineering (COE) was officially launched on August 26th. Dean Dongxiao Zhang, Associate Dean Zhili Sun, Vice Secretary of Party Junkai Li, Prof. Kefu Huang and Prof. Yong Wang attended the ceremony in COE building No.1 along with 160 camper students. The ceremony was chaired by Prof. Jianxiang Wang, Associate Dean of COE.
The 2013 Summer Camp for High School Students marks the first year of COE’s high-school-students-targeted program with aim to attract and select the best prospective students from the nation. Over 500 second-year high school students who have strong interest in engineering studies applied from nationwide, and about 160 students were enrolled to the camp after a strict screening process. In the five-day camp, they will go through a number of activities including attending lectures, touring laboratories, sitting exams and having interviews, before 40 of them finally being selected to receive qualification for the university-level independent admission examination next year.
Vice Director of Admission Office at Peking University (PKU) Yazhang Wang talked about the goal, standard, and policy of the university’s independent admission scheme. He said the scheme could help PKU select students who have outstanding discipline advantages and high capability of innovation.
Dean Zhang welcomed the arrival of the students, and introduced about COE’s history, development process, current undergraduate majors, teachers and the education system, with particular mention of COE’s achievements in faculty recruitment, research projects, global education and technology transfer. He also shared the mission of COE with everyone, which is “to become the incubator of original technology, international town of engineering science, center of the world's engineering education and a national think-tank”.
Current student Qi Zhou shared her study progress and life experience in COE since two years ago. Camper Xingshuo Liu from the High School of Peking University delivered a speech of anticipation about the Summer Camp. And finally, Dean Zhang presented the camp flags to the five classes.
In the afternoon, faculty members from the six departments of COE also met with the campers and answered the questions they had.