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New duties in the new era: forum provides insights on career trends of Chinese overseas returnees

By Liu Ning (People's Daily Online)    18:07, August 20, 2018

The 13th Forum on Chinese Overseas Talents and Entrepreneurial Innovation kicked off in Beijing this Sunday.

Over 50 entrepreneurs, experts and scholars, as well as nearly 800 overseas returnees, participated in heated discussions focused on the achievements made during China’s four decades of reform and opening up and the duties to be shouldered by Chinese overseas returnees in the new era.

The 13th Forum on Chinese Overseas Talents and Entrepreneurial Innovation kicked off in Beijing this Sunday.

“For 40 years, overseas returnees have passed on the tradition of repaying their country and have played an irreplaceable role in innovative breakthroughs in key technologies, developing high-tech industries, researching new academic subjects, educating talents of innovation and internationalizing China’s universities”, said Dai Junliang, deputy director of the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee.

Co-organized by the Western Returned Scholars Association (Overseas-educated Scholars Association of China) and a Chinese independent think tank, the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), the forum also released the Report on Employment and Entrepreneurship of Chinese Returnees 2018, based on a survey of 2,190 overseas returnees jointly conducted by CCG and Chinese recruitment website Zhaopin.

The report shows that in 2018, 55 percent of Chinese overseas returnees were born in the 1990s, 56 percent have a master’s degree while 38 percent have a bachelor’s degree 43 percent of whom studied economics or business majors, surpassing IT as the most prevalent academic choice.

The U.K. and the United States remain the most popular countries for Chinese students, having welcomed 19 percent and 18 percent of Chinese students respectively.

Overseas students from China celebrate their graduation commencement at Columbia University in the City of New York.[Photo/Xinhua]

According to the China’s Ministry of Education, in 2017, 608,400 students from China left to study abroad while 480,900 returned. Nearly 80 percent of students chose to return to China after graduating overseas last year, up from 30 percent in 2007 and only around 5 percent in 1987.

“In the 40 years of reform and opening-up, returned overseas students have helped the two-way interactions between China and the world,” said Wang Huiyao, the founder and president of the CCG, who is also a counselor of the State Council.

“In the new era, it is more important for them to help the world understand China and get China better engaged with the world. Chinese overseas students must work with people from all over the world in building a community of a shared future for mankind.”

“Socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, which has granted overseas returnees new duties, new responsibilities as well as a larger platform on which to show their capabilities,” noted Dai.


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