At the dawn of the 21st century, Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University promptly arouses to embrace the unprecedented challenges from the great change in the world structure as well as the important opportunities of synchronization with the system reform in China.
We clearly know the hard work required for establishing the foundation and the difficulty for overtaking the foregoers. However, our faculty and all the students, with 6 years of overcoming great hardships in the pioneer work and making the satisfactory initial achievements, proved that we can realize the expected goal of being "domestic leading and international well-known" in a shorter period, if we deliberately utilize the "advantages of the latecomer" to obtain the "leap-forward development". This is a dream lasting for 110 years and also a commitment to the new millennium.
Looking back on the history, we see that the founders of our predecessor - Nanyang Public School, from the very beginning, had determined the education principle as cultivating the new management talents "Specializing Politics" to promote the modernization of the State. For the Special Class of Western Studies established in 1901, Prof. Dr. Cai Yuanpei was engaged as the chief instructor, teaching constitutionalism, international law and other courses. This can be called the beginning of the modern legal education of China. From our Xuhui Campus, four outstanding alumni stepped on the national and even the international arena: Shao Lizi, the peace negotiator to put an end to the Civil War in China; Wang Chonghui, the governance elite with high attainments in law; Huang Yanpei, the professional educationist, who helped realize the dialogue for establishment of the country with long term peace and stability through democracy; and Xu Mo, the first Chinese judge at UN International Court of Justice in Hague. They represented the glorious tradition of Shanghai Jiao Tong University for "Storing up the Pillars of the State", and provided the specific models for improving the future legal education and research.
To cluster the past tales may form the interesting coincidences. Here is one, when Nanyang Public School was founded in 1897, Dr. John C. Ferguson, graduated from Boston University in US, accepted the engagement as the Supervisor, responsible for design of the School premises and the curriculum system. In 2007, when Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University preliminarily came to shape and required impetus for development, Mr. Leo KoGuan, an American Chinese entrepreneur, generously donated funds to reconstruct the law building and improve the overall conditions for teaching and research. This coincidence brings about rich associations and the sense of mission: our process from now on shall be the epitome of our university's glory history, be worthy of the tenet of reform for communication of the western and the eastern civilizations, and include the interaction of superpowers on both sides of the Pacific Ocean and exploration of the new governance modes into the scope of institutional designs.
Approved by the Ministry of Education, Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University was co-named KoGuan Law School. We can anticipate the opportunities brought forth to us by the change in 2008, the said "First Year of Volunteers", for the beginning of new civil society and the creation of seed bed necessary for cultivating the pillars of the State adapting to the new situation of the 21st century. According to the prospective planning of the University, the legal education and research shall be a priority subject in the future, an important part required for constructing the world-class university, and the highlight in the schools or departments of liberal arts and social sciences for "Selective Pursuit of Excellence". To realize the above noble ambitions, we must use all our wisdom and make the concerted efforts to build KoGuan Law School into the base for cultivating the outstanding talents, the palace for studying the institution principles and the theories for rule of law, and the forum for holding dialogue with colleagues of the international academic community. This is our promise to the new century.
To fulfill our promise, we shall provide adequate space for our faculty to display their abilities and achieve personal development, and keep the door open for both domestic and foreign talents. We shall gather a team of top-class legal elites with common goals and high attainments, who will devote themselves to legal research, teaching and justice. Here we will establish a new community of interpretation, to provide the necessary foundation of knowledge for consolidating the democracy and legal order of China.
When selecting KoGuan Law School, whether you are a scholar or a student, you have selected excellence! Looking forward aloft from here, you may see racing boats and ships are chasing for the championship in the waves of the East China Sea and the South Sea！
20 March, 2016