Hefei Ranked among the Top Ten Most Attractive Chinese City in the eyes of Foreign Talents for the 3rd Time

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On November 8, the results of the theme event “Charming China-The Most Attractive Chinese Cities in the Eyes of Foreign Talents” was released, and Hefei was listed amongst the Top 10 “Most Attractive Chinese City in the Eyes of Foreign Talents” for the third consecutive year.

The most attractive cities list

In this year’s list, the top ten are Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Hefei, Nanjing, Chengdu, Qingdao, and Suzhou. In 2017 and 2018, Hefei also ranked among the top ten.

Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Talents Research Center, the ranking has been held for ten sessions since 2010. The purpose of the activity is to investigate the attractiveness of major cities in China to foreign experts through indicators such as work, life and related policy environment of foreign talents in China. The foreign expert jury team for this theme event includes 8 Nobel Prize winners .

There are more than 150 high-end foreign talents in Hefei

In recent years, the number of foreign talents in Hefei has steadily increased, and the proportion of high-level foreign talents has remained high. In 2019, the number of inbound foreigners in Hefei reached 65,000, an increase of 12.68% year-on-year. The number of long-term stays and residences of foreigners has reached 4,923.

The reporter learned from the Hefei Science and Technology Bureau (Foreign Experts Bureau) that in the past five years, Hefei has implemented more than 180 projects to introduce foreign technology and management experts, ranking first in the province in number. At the same time, more than 1,200 foreign high-level talents have been introduced. As of the end of October this year, there are more than 150 high-end foreign talents holding foreign talent visas, 5 national-level “talent-introducing demonstration bases”, 7 provincial-level and 8 provincial-level overseas talent-introducing workstations.

Foreign talents in Hefei have played an active role in promoting key technological research, management model innovation, upgrading and development of enterprises and industries, and improving the quality of culture and education. Including helping the development of key industries such as Hefei’s software and integrated circuits, high-end equipment manufacturing, new generation information technology, energy conservation and environmental protection, and new energy vehicles.

Some foreign talents who have brought key technologies and advanced experience have also helped to create a  environment for gathering and nurturing of talents. In the past five years, 15 foreign experts have won the Chinese Government Friendship Award, and 13 of them work in Hefei. A total of 16 people were selected for the 14th Provincial “Huangshan Friendship Award”, and 11 foreign experts working in Hefei won this honor. In addition, 30 expats won the “Hefei Friendship Award” .

Providing a better business platform is an important factor in Hefei’s continuous improvement of attractiveness. Since it was approved as a comprehensive national science center in 2017, Hefei has made the golden sign of technological innovation more and more shining, forming a powerful innovation “magnetic field”. In recent years, Hefei has accelerated the accumulation of high-level overseas talents around the development of emerging industries such as “core-screen device integration”, new energy vehicles, smart voice, quantum information, equipment manufacturing, and biomedicine.

The continuous establishment and improvement of the policy system for attracting talents also provides strong policy support for the introduction of foreign talents in Hefei. In 2018, Hefei officially issued the “Comprehensive Implementation Opinions on the Work of Introducing Foreign Talents in the New Situation”, and a series of supporting measures such have been introduced.

In addition, Hefei continues to optimize talent services and strives to create a good atmosphere for the introduction of foreign talents. For example, the normalization of “foreign expert return visits” to understand the voice of foreign experts working and living in Hefei; speeding up the construction of Hefei International Talent City and the Chinese international talent market , build a “one-stop” service platform; talent apartments with high standards to solve the worries of talents coming to the future and so on.

According to the Hefei Science and Technology Bureau (Foreign Experts Bureau), focusing on scientific and technological innovation and highlighting the orientation of “high-tech and cutting-edge”, Hefei proposed the “252” introduction plan for foreign talents in 2018, which will gather 200 high-end foreign talents in 5 years , The introduction of 500 overseas intellectual projects, the introduction of a total of 20,000 foreign talents of various types in 5 years

“In the future, we will be more proactive in expanding the opening of science and technology to the outside world, focusing on key areas and development directions of scientific and technological innovation, and introducing high-level foreign talents with greater efforts, so that the introduction of talents and intelligence can better integrate into the overall situation of scientific and technological innovation and reform and development. “A related person from the Hefei Science and Technology Bureau (Foreign Experts Bureau) said.

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