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Returnee Talents Flock to USTC

Pub Date:16-10-20 10:33 Source:China Daily

Students from home and abroad enjoy discussion at USTC. Provided to China Daily

University impresses as magnet for young researchers with international experience

In recent years, reports about Pan Jianwei and his team have often been seen on the front pages, especially since the launch of the world's first quantum experiment satellite in August.

Being a top physicist from the University of Science and Technology of China and chief scientist for the quantum satellite project, Pan has won many awards and honors since he returned from Austria's University of Vienna to his alma mater USTC in 2001.

Born in 1970, Pan was often referred to as the youngest somebody to have achieved something.

In 2011, Pan became the youngest member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the country's top scientific body, and the country's youngest laureate of the top prize of the State Natural Science Award earlier this year.

Most of the other members in Pan's team are also very young, with an average age of less than 40.

Behind the honors were the numerous breakthroughs he has achieved with his team, which he has built since 2001, when he returned to USTC through CAS' overseas talent recruitment plan.

"The university has benefited a lot from drawing in international talent in recent years," said Dou Xiankang, vice-president of USTC, before he left for the United States for recruiting events taking place next week.

Pan is just one of the hundreds of bright minds the university has attracted from abroad in recent years, thanks to its multiple talent recruitment plans, varying from the university-level to the state-level.

By the end of 2008, the country's top authorities initiated the Recruitment Program of Global Experts, known as the Thousand Talents Plan, to bring in top overseas talents to the Chinese mainland over the following five to 10 years.

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