Vision & Mission

In 1914, the third year after the establishment ofTsinghuaSchool, the predecessor ofTsinghuaUniversity, teacher Qichao Liang quoted two sentences fromChina’s ancient philosophy book, The Book of Changes, to encourage students to study diligently and behave kindly. Later, Tsinghua University summarized the motto accordingly as “Self-discipline and Social Commitment” . Tsinghua University also holds the academic spirit of "Rigor, Diligence, Veracity, and Creativity", the spirit of “Patriotism, Devotion and Pursuing Excellence”, and the tradition of “Actions Speak Louder than Words.”

Years after the start of Department of Electrical Engineering, Professor Mingtao Zhang, the then Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, spoke to students in one meeting as follows: “You are here at the Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University both for scholarliness and integrity, while the later one is more crucial for young peoples.” In 1992, the then China’s Premier Rongji Zhu, who graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1951, again mentioned these words at the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Department of Electrical Engineering and elaborated it as “Conscientious academics and honest behavior” , which commendably echoed the motto of Tsinghua University. Then it was regarded as the motto of the Department of Electrical Engineering.