The Peking University Youth Forum, a main event of Peking University International Culture Festival 2019, was held on October 19.
Themed "Innovation - the Power of Youth", the forum invited young people from home and abroad to partake in the sharing of their unique views and experiences concerning innovation, creation, mission and responsibility. The forum is not only a platform for PKU students to present a well-expressed Chinese story, but also serves as a stage for overseas youth to weave their glittering ideas into a more inclusive Chinese story.
The forum comprises four sessions, including the opening ceremony hosted by Caleb Huffman and Emily Vincent from PKU’s Yenching Academy, keynote speeches given by insightful youths from different departments and countries, a group discussion, and the closing ceremony.
After the opening ceremony, Yongmei Li, assistant dean of College of Engineering, delivered a speech with the topic of "Innovation and Entrepreneurship - A Practice at Peking University." She briefly introduced the history of the College of Engineering and the role played by engineers in Chinese modernization. "Practice First, Innovation Best," she said, was the slogan of the college, whose innovation pattern involved the talents cultivation system, the practice system, the fund system, and the research and cooperation system. Li also introduced "PKU Makers Lab", which offered all university students cutting-edge devices to realize their innovation dreams and develop their own startups.
Shaoxin Wang, once a Ph.D. of College of Engineering, gave his keynote speech on "Innovation for a Better Environment." Having authorized more than 10 national patents and published two SCI papers, Wang shared his original vision about the relation between innovation and environment. Highlighting key points such as the fabrication and application of environmental materials, he presented to the audience new models of innovation to tackle environmental issues in a creative way. By exhibiting some experimental results in his study of the mechanism of NH3SCR catalyst, he pointed out that fly ash, long viewed as a solid waste, could be utilized as a catalyst component to purify air; thus, by the innovative application of the "misplaced resource", air pollution could be dealt with duly and effectively.
Following the keynote speeches was the group discussion, the most interactive part of the event. All attendees of the forum sat together in small groups to discuss any topics that appealed to them, and sparks of fresh ideas were kindled in the heated discussion. Amaia Perea, a Spanish student of Yenching Academy, spoke out her insightful views about the forum, "It was like a very profound exchange of visions, and it offered a good opportunity to talk with students and experts of different majors and age groups. The big names, big titles, big topics seemed confusing to me at first, but everything turned out to be terrific at last. I like the forum."
Source: PKU News