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                        Jiangsu: Vision Met and Dreams Built Together  
                        ——New Jiangsu Reaches out to Global Sci-tech Talent

                        Source: Science and Technology Daily| 2021-12-16 15:19:37| Author:


                        A glimpse of  the energy storage model at the Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute. (PHOTO: XINHUA)


                        Jiangsu province is a competitive and appealing destination for innovation and business startups. As far back as the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), renowned polymath Su Song decided to spend more than 10 years in Jiangsu's Zhenjiang city. Similarly, Hua Luogeng, the father of modern Chinese mathematics, was a native of Jiangsu's Changzhou city.

                        Today, more than 400 academicians with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering call Jiangsu home. Jiangsu is now inviting talented people from all over the world to meet in the province, and help build a better economy to improve the quality of life and environment.

                        Fighting cancer in Changzhou

                        "The Jiangsu Friendship Award is one of the most honorable awards I've ever received," said Glynn Jonathan Addison, a British expert on cancer drug research and development, who joined the Changzhou Fangyuan Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd in 2014. Since then, he and his team have developed new types of cancer medicine that are low in toxins and highly efficient, earning some 20 patents and all but revolutionizing the field of cancer treatment throughout the world.

                        The Jiangsu Friendship Award is the highest accolade given by the Jiangsu Provincial People's Government to recognize foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the province's social and economic development. In 2019, Addison was invited to attend a reception for foreign experts marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Addison met his Chinese wife in Jiangsu and the couple now have a son. With its diverse cuisine, hospitable residents and convenient lifestyle, Addison found life in Jiangsu to be comfortable, and he is keen to make his own contributions to the development of his adopted province.

                        Devoted to education

                        Professor Josef Voglmeir and his Chinese colleagues co-founded the Glycomics and Glycan Bioengineering Research Center (GGBRC) at Nanjing Agricultural University, which serves as a launchpad for new research into areas such as food glycomics. To date, the center has published more than 40 SCI theses and obtained dozens of patents, significantly improving the university's research capacity in sugar science. In 2019, he was presented with the Jiangsu International Science and Technology Cooperation Award. "My students in the GGBRC are probably one of the most international communities in China," said Voglmeir, citing four European scholars who were conducting post-doctoral research at the center and more than 40 postgraduate students who had received training there.

                        Facing challenges together

                        Foreign sci-tech personnel also choose to start their businesses in Jiangsu. In May 2015, Xue Jiuzhi and his team arrived in Jiangsu from the United States and subsequently founded the Smart Liquid Crystal Technologies Co. Ltd. Moreover, Xue was the first project manager with the Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI).

                        The project manager role was one of JITRI's reform measures to bring in global talent. It enabled the institute to select top candidates for project manager positions, allowing them to set up teams, recommend quality endeavors, tackle critical technological challenges and promote the transformation and industrialization of technological achievements.

                        Thanks to Xue's efforts, a group of world-class experts have gathered at the institute and conducted research and development on intelligent liquid crystal technology, as well as its application in the fields of architecture, automobile, sensors and biological systems, advanced consumer electronics and more, all of which will culminate in a world-class R&D center for the industrialization of liquid crystal technology.

                        Jiangsu has proactively built a pool of talent over the years. It has maintained long-term sci-tech cooperation with more than 70 countries and regions. More than 24,000 foreigners in the province hold valid work permits, accounting for one-tenth of the national total. Jiangsu has more cities listed in the "Most Attractive Chinese Cities for Foreigners" than other provinces of China.

                        Jiangsu has laid out the red carpet for foreign experts and entrepreneurs from across the world to bring their innovative spirit and start up businesses in a province which provides the optimal environment for success.

                        Source: Department of Science and Technology of Jiangsu Province

                        The English version is created in partnership with China.org.cn. 

                        Editor:陳春有

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