Bao Xinhe, NPC deputy and president of University of Science and Technology of China:
In the past year, the University of Science and Technology of China has organized more than 170 seminars to discuss over 1,000 recommendations and proposals on how to improve undergraduate-level education. Perseverance, devotion and innovation are the major driving forces for scientific research. More effort needs to be invested to improve basic research and strategically important research, step up the development of a new system of engineering science and medical science, and convert research into practical applications to meet the country’s strategic needs and boost the economy. The outbreak of COVID-19 has posed negative impact on academic exchange and cooperation on both domestic and international levels. In the next step we must try our best and race against time to make greater contribution to developing world-class universities.