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China attracts more talents back home

Publication Date : 28-04-2012


More than 2,000 professionals have returned to China in the past three years through the Thousand Talent Programme, Chinese Central government's initiative to attract experts from overseas.

At a meeting meant to review the programme, Li Zhiyong, deputy minister of the Communist Party of China Central Committee's Organisation Department, said it has encouraged 2,263 professionals to return to 29 provinces and regions in China for work.

Most of them have taken leadership positions in universities, research institutions and business enterprises, he said.

When the programme was introduced in 2008, its goal was to attract 2,000 experts and scholars who had been educated overseas and encourage them to work in advanced and high-tech industries as well as start their own businesses in China in five to 10 years.

The central government and regional governments adopted policies in support of the plan.

Li Yuanchao, minister of the CPC Central Committee's Organisation Department, is also calling for more professionals who were educated overseas to come to China to pursue their dreams.

"I am looking forward to learning about your adventures as you try to mix your own success with the development of China," Li said at the meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday morning.

Also at the event were more than 50 people who had benefited from the programme. They talked about the experiences they've had since returning to China.

"Many students think it's a good idea to stay overseas after they graduate," said Zhu Jian-kang, an academician of the United States National Academy of Sciences who returned from the United States last year.

"But in the long run, we can say that those who are doing research in China have better opportunities, largely because the country is booming."

Last year, Zhu attended a ceremony to mark the start of the Association of Thousand Talents Programme, a group made up of professionals who have returned to China under the programme.

Several months later, he returned to the country for good after learning of policies that would help him attain his research and development goals.

He said he plans to soon open an experimental centre in Shanghai where he will work to find ways to grow plants with the use of little to no chemical fertilisers.

"I hope my work will make our motherland a better place to be in."

Many at the meeting said they want to employ more young people from overseas.

Yao Naxin, an entrepreneur from Zhejiang province who also benefited from the programme, said he has been working to help those who have recently returned to China form networks that can be used to give assistance to each other.

"We have overcome a lot of difficulties since we came back to China," Yao said. "And I think we need to help those who have just returned."


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