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The Motto of XMU
Pursue Excellence refers to the conscious, unceasing effort to improve oneself. The expression first appears in the Book of Changes: As Heaven maintains its vigour through movement, so the gentleman should pursue self-improvement unremittingly. Tao Kan, the Governor of Jing Zhou during the Jin Dynasty, made it his motto, and through his dedication, he became a powerful, outstanding military figure, whose fame spread wide. His stories of untiringly pursued self-improvement were even recorded This appears in the Book of Rites compiled towards the end of the Tang Dynasty, where it says, Tao Kan, throughout his life was diligent and pursued self-improvement unremittingly.
The Coat of Arms of XMU
The four traditional Chinese characters at the top are the name “Xiamen University”; those at the bottom are “Xiamen University” in Latin; the three stars within the shield represent the “three powers” in traditional Chinese philosophy, namely the three major elements in nature: spirit, universe and mankind; the city wall and gate in the centre of the shield symbolise XMU’s attaching great importance to attracting top talents from all over the world and implementation of open education; the four Chinese characters in the ribbon mean “Strive for perfection” from the motto of XMU.