On May 24, CGPI EMP 2019 Spring Cohort Opening Ceremony was held in Shenzhen. 64 new students from 24 cities in 19 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions started their two-year study on philanthropy.
At the opening ceremony, CGPI President Wang Zhenyao delivered a speech to these new students: “your participation helps EMP with bigger and more positive influence in philanthropy in China and the world. The basic values of civilization like supreme philanthropy, virtue, sense, all-embracing love, kindheartedness, sharing, and harmony must continue to flourish in the new era. I hope you will truly use the spirit of philanthropy and love to achieve promotion and innovation of civilization through study and practice. A thousand miles begins with the first step. Now it is time to show our ability to learn philanthropic knowledge, and let us keep working on long-term philanthropy together! ”
Full text of President Wang Zhenyao’s speech
Today we are having an important moment in EMP development: we already have 525 EMP alumni, and you are forming huge and positive social impact on philanthropy in the world.
Today, we start research and study on modern philanthropic management at this very special historical moment. After the world’s economic development level has entered 10,000 US dollars, there have been extremely profound changes in the human economic development pattern and international relations. Various civilizations have full convergence, forming an extremely rare state of adhesion, the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is increasingly prominent, and the concept of shared civilization elucidated by Mr. Lu Dezhi represents a new value enhancement of human civilization.
The development of human civilization requires us to clearly see that the economic and social values of philanthropy are being fully demonstrated. Despite certain twists and turns in the development of history, the whole world is showing a general trend of comprehensive acceptance of baptism of philanthropy to systematically improve human civilization.
As the only global philanthropy institute in China, our school has the motto of “All-embracing Love and Benevolence”. We hope to pursue the cultural tradition of fraternity, benevolence, and ethics in the new historical conditions, combine theory and practice to learn and innovate, and truly form a philanthropy knowledge system with the promotion of civilized character.
If human civilization is likened to the natural world, then philanthropic civilization is the Everest among all the mountains. The nation, the society, and families all want to base the values of inheritance on philanthropy, great philanthropy, and supreme philanthropy. The history of human civilization development is a history of constant improvement to philanthropy. Sense is established by thinkers, and virtue is set by philanthropists. The goal of CGPI is to encourage students and teachers to constantly climb the Everest of knowledge to appreciate the light of philanthropy knowledge created by human civilization.
In today’s changing world, such a climbing-type study of philanthropy knowledge is even more urgent. Faced with the unceasing prejudice of narrow interests, we really need to answer these questions from the perspective combining theory and practice: are the basic values of human civilization still effective? How to flourish the basic values of civilization like supreme philanthropy, virtue, sense, all-embracing love, kindheartedness, sharing, and harmony in the new era?
Dear students, in the next two years of your study, how to discover, develop, and carry forward your own greatness and make philanthropy more powerful simultaneously need a more scientific action plan. When the genes of philanthropy are integrated into the process of economic development, economy for philanthropy, commerce for philanthropy, and technology for philanthropy are becoming a trend of the times. How to achieve high integration of truth, philanthropy, and beauty with economy and society, and turn truth-seeking, philanthropy-pursuing, and beauty-loving into a mainstream style of life and work needs our joint efforts.
To take Shenzhen as an example, whether to build a globally influential museum or art museum is actually something we need to think about. Every day down the building of Great China Group founded by Chairman Huang Shih Tsai, I see the art and culture space they create. They are not only developing philanthropy but also developing beauty constantly, looking forward to the world-class masterpiece that highly integrates truth, philanthropy, and beauty in Shenzhen!
To start EMP study, you should have such development and thinking: how to treat, participate in and guide the convergence of contemporary civilization from a broader perspective is a big realistic issue before us. Tolerance has always been an important spiritual connotation of progress while openness, tolerance and harmony are important qualities of shared civilization. Great philanthropy and great love have always transcended the universal values of class, nation and country. Through in-depth development of study, education and practice, I hope we will truly use the spirit of philanthropy and love to lead the convergence of civilizations, thus achieving civilization promotion and innovation.
A thousand miles begins with the first step. Now it is time to show our ability to learn philanthropic knowledge, and let us keep working on long-term philanthropy together!