Since the outbreak of COVID-19 at the turn of the year, Soochow University has received warm messages and selfless assistance from friends around the world. With their strong support, we have won a phased victory in the prevention and control of the epidemic. At present, our faculty and students maintain sober-minded and make persistent efforts to obtain further achievements. While prioritizing epidemic prevention and control, Soochow University is also striving to contribute “SUDA Power” in the global anti-epidemic war.
To quote a line from the Book of Songs, “Since you have given me a papaya, I will reciprocate your kindness by giving you a white jade”. Faced with the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the world, Soochow University sent a letter of sympathy to the sister universities around the world forthwith, wishing all friends good health and safety. Soochow University is also more than willing to share the experience of epidemic prevention and control and try its best to provide support.
China-Italy friendship has a long history and deep roots. Upon the outbreak of the COVID-19 in China, the Italian Consulate General in Shanghai sent a letter of sympathy to President Sidong Xiong. After the outbreak of the epidemic in Italy, President Sidong Xiong also sent a letter of consolation to Professor Roberto Pagani, Science and Technology Counsellor of the Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai. In the letter, President Xiong has expressed that all faculty and students of Soochow University are deeply concerned about the Italian people and hope that Italian friends could fight bravely and contain the outbreak at an early date.
Suzhou and Venice, respectively as oriental and occidental “water town” and two ends of “Ancient Silk Road”, became sister cities as early as 1980. Soochow University and Ca’foscari University of Venice established a strategic partnership in 2017, and the representative office of CUV was also set up in our university. The two sides have conducted exchanges and visits for many times, and jointly carried out a series of fruitful cooperation including the “Two Cities and Three Bridges” cooperative scientific research project, the Eramus+ program, the exchange of visits between administrative staff, and the two-way overseas internship program. In addition, the “ Historical and Cultural Photo Exhibition of Twin City” jointly organized by the two parties will be held in Venice and Suzhou respectively this year. The European office of Soochow University will also be located in Ca’foscari University of Venice.
After the outbreak of COVID-19 in Italy, Xiaohong Zhang, member of the Standing Committee of the Party Committee and Vice President of our school, sent a letter of sympathy to Tiziana Lippiello, Vice Rector of Ca’foscari University of Venice. Learning about the severe situation of epidemic control and the medical supply shortage in Ca’foscari University of Venice, Yong Jiang, Chairperson of University Council, and President Sidong Xiong, are very concerned. On behalf of the entire community of Soochow University, President Xiong sent sincere condolences to Michele Bugliesi, Rectorof Ca’foscari University of Venice, and expressed that Soochow University would provide support and wish everyone good spirits and health.
On March 16th, our leading group of epidemic prevention and control urgently delivered 2000 medical face masks to Ca’foscari University of Venice.
Virus knows no borders, but the worst of times reveals the best in people. We will keep a close eye on the latest development of epidemic prevention and control in Italy and Ca’foscari University of Venice. We believe that difficulties and problems are temporary, but friendship and cooperation are long-lasting. We all look forward to continuing to go hand in hand with Ca’foscari University of Venice after the epidemic, and jointly contribute to the China-Italy friendship and the “Belt and Road” initiative!
All faculty and students of Soochow University will continue to earnestly implement the important instructions and decisions of the CPC, the State Council, Jiangsu provincial party committee and government on epidemic prevention and control, and resolutely to win this battle against COVID-19. The current achievements of this fight are impossible without the shared efforts of the people of the world, meanwhile the victory of this battle also requires t active contribution and participation of the Chinese people. Adhering to and practicing the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind, Soochow University, with a strong sense of responsibility and mission, will spare no effort to help overseas sister universities in epidemic-stricken countries and regions, share weal and woe with the people of the world, fight against the epidemic to the end, and work together to protect the beautiful earth!