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Today is China’s National Teachers’ day. As teachers, we thank you for making our best dream come true. 2500 years ago, China’s iconic educator and sage, Mencius, said that one of the most enjoyable things in life is to gather together the best talents of the world and cultivate them into future leaders. 得天下英才而育之。Thank you, Mr.Schwarzman, and all the donors for your generous giving and tireless efforts. We, as operators of the College, will strive to make sure that the Schwarzman College becomes the highest quality private jet in your philanthropy fleet. We have already taken off and will be cruising at higher altitude than most others. Let us say goodbye to the frustration and anxieties of preparing for takeoff. Now, please sit back, enjoy the flight, and we will report back to you periodically. And of course, you are welcome to visit our cockpit anytime you want. But most importantly, please enjoy this flight with us.
Finally, on behalf of our faculty and staff, I would like to speak to our pioneering class of the Schwarzman Scholars. You are most extraordinary and will shape the DNA of our College. We are exceedingly happy to see that in the very first three weeks, you have already started to shape the Spirit of Schwarzman Scholars: Understanding, Cooperation, and Leadership.
Yes, leadership ultimately is why you come to the Schwarzman College. On the opening day of the College, let me end my speech by offering you a one-minute lecture on the Chinese tradition of leadership. A classic of Confucianism is called <大学>, which today means “university”. <大学> advocates six steps for a young talent to grow into a true leader. Step 1, <格物致知>, that is, study in order to understand the world; Step 2, <诚意正心>, that is, straighten your heart and motivation to have social responsibility; Step 3，<修身>，that is to cultivate your own body and behavior; Step 4 is <齐家>，which is to establish your family and manage your family affairs properly. Today, this perhaps also means manage well your circle of friends in your Facebook and WeChat. Step 5 is <治国>，that is to govern your country by managing public affairs; Step 6 and finally, it is <平天下>, that is to make peace and prosperity in the world.
Indeed, making peace and prosperity in the world should be the sublime goal of your life-long journey.
Let the journey start today at the Schwarzman College!
Are you ready?
Enjoy the journey!