Association looks to bring home Chinese

08:44, June 07, 2010      

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The China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) plans to expand its information database of overseas talent to 8,000 this year, as part of its efforts to implement the National Outline for Medium- and Long-Term Talent Development released on Sunday.

"We're responsible for recommending people included on the database to the country's Thousand Talents program," Liu Hongyue, a senior official of CAST, told China Daily over the weekend.

"There are 6,000 overseas elite individuals currently included on our database," he added.

Launched in 2008, the Thousand Talents program targets Chinese and foreign academics and entrepreneurs working at the world's best institutions or enterprises.

More than 600 people, mostly Chinese, have already signed up with the program. They all lead or are about to lead research teams at Chinese universities, laboratories, State-owned enterprises and science parks or have set up their own businesses.

In order to implement the national outline, CAST will also promote "industry-academy cooperation" and "mutual recognition of international engineer qualifications", Liu said.

"To enhance the exchange and cooperation with international science and technology communities was one of CAST's objectives in its founding years," said Han Qide, president of the 7th national committee of CAST.

The association aims to establish a sound incentive mechanism to attract talent with recognized achievements in scientific and technological innovation, Liu told China Daily, adding that it plans to launch a series of favorable policies later this year to attract more young people.

In 1987, CAST established the CAST Award for Youth in Science and Technology to honor outstanding young scientists and to facilitate the emergence of more young talent in science and technology.

In 1994, the award was renamed the National Award for Youth in Science and Technology and was jointly presented by the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the Ministry of Personnel and CAST.

To date, the award has been presented to 889 young scientists.

Eighty percent of the past winners have become leaders in their respective research fields, responsible for key projects assigned by the State, ministries or provincial-level authorities.

Source:China Daily


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