Arrival of foreign talent in China mutually beneficial
Exactly 30 years ago, Deng Xiaoping, the leader who opened China&’s era of reform, delivered a speech on employing foreign talent to accelerate domestic development.
“In the matter of modernisation we have neither experience nor technical know-how,” he said, adding that China could recruit foreigners to “participate in key development projects and other construction projects” in the process.
For the past 30 years, measures have continually been taken to encourage more foreign experts to work in China, especially in the 1980s and early 1990s when the country was lagging far behind the developed world.
Now China is the world&’s second-largest economy, the practice is still beneficial as it helps the nation better cope with global cooperation and competition.
Such recruitment of foreign experts benefits both sides. Especially today, with China&’s sound education and excellent research programmes, the mutual benefit of its cooperation with foreign experts is more evident.
Sufficient support for research is one of the advantages of working in China. Bruno Briseghella, from Italy, is a renowned expert on bridge engineering.
 He was nominated for the Recruitment programme of Foreign Experts in 2012, which aims to recruit 500 to 1,000 leading foreign experts in science and technology to work in China in 10 years. The programme offers a 1 million yuan (US$161,800) subsidy for each person selected, as well as other support that varies with the institutions in which they work.
Now working in Fuzhou University as a full-time professor, Mr Briseghella said part of his research here “would not be possible in many other foreign universities due to poor research funds and inefficient laboratories”. The students here also have good engineering knowledge and can offer better assistance that is essential to research, he added.
Actually, with China&’s technology and education rapidly improving, an increasing number of foreign experts are coming to China to further their careers.