Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum’s new exhibition to introduce development of Tsinghua University from now till 31st May

Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum

26th January 2023 – (Hong Kong) To mark the 112th anniversary of the founding of Tsinghua University, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has joined hands with the Tsinghua University History Museum to organise the “Self-discipline and Social Commitment: People and Stories of Tsinghua University” Special Exhibition at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum from today to let members of the public learn about the early development of Tsinghua University and experience the connections between Tsinghua and Hong Kong through showcasing historical documents from the University.

Founded in 1911 and located in Beijing’s scenic Tsinghua Garden which is originally an imperial garden during the Qing dynasty, Tsinghua is a world-renowned Chinese institute of tertiary education. It has developed from a preparatory school for Chinese students who had been selected to study aboard on scholarships into a world-class comprehensive university. Upholding the motto of “self-discipline and social commitment” and dedicated to the general maxim “facta, non verba” (actions speak louder than words), Tsinghua has nurtured countless highly talented students, many of whom went on to exert a far-reaching influence on the development of modern China and came to be regarded as pillars of the nation.

The exhibition sets out to introduce Tsinghua’s early development by showcasing about 60 sets of its historical documents, and introducing the contributions made by eight of its distinguished academics, namely Mei Yiqi, Ye Qisun, Liang Qichao, Liang Sicheng, Chen Yinke, Zhao Yuanren, Zhu Ziqing and John Mo. Besides historical photos, highlight exhibits include the directive approving the funding to establish in Tsinghua Garden the preparatory school for students to study in the US, with remarks in red ink, issued in 1909; the Regulations of National Tsing Hua University issued in 1928; and an open letter distributed by the Student Society for Resistance Against Japan in 1935 to all Chinese people, painfully crying out: “No space for a silent desk in the whole North China”. A number of exhibits from the Hong Kong Museum of History including the Jianzhao diploma issued by Guozijian in the 30th year of the Guangxu Emperor’s reign (1904) are also on display. 

 The “Self-discipline and Social Commitment: People and Stories of Tsinghua University” Special Exhibition, jointly presented by the LCSD and the Tsinghua University History Museum, and organised by the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, will be held from today to 31st May at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum (7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central).