Vice-president Li Yuanchao shaking hands with volunteers working in China's western regions, at a meeting to mark the 10th anniversary of China’s Western Project, in Urumqi, Xinjiang autonomous region, on Sept 2. (Photo/Xinjiang Daily)
China's vice-president has said that the country needs to do more to encourage its college graduates to be industrious and innovative and realize their dreams by providing services in underdeveloped western regions, Xinjiang Daily reported on Tuesday.
Li Yuanchao made the call at a meeting, in Urumqi, to mark the 10th anniversary of the country's Western Project, a volunteer campaign organized by China's Communist Youth League and the Ministry of Education to get college graduates to serve in western China.
Li noted that the campaign was a key Party Central Committee decision to use the abilities of college graduates and suggested one way to do this is for young people to consider starting a business in those regions.
The campaign, which began in 2003, has had 160,000 university grads who volunteered to work in China's underdeveloped regions, with more than 16,000 of them deciding to settle down in the regions they volunteered for.
China currently has 17,000 college graduates working in western regions.
Li went on to say that the preferential policies for volunteers need to be improved to ensure that their work in the west continues and to help them after their period of service ends.
Edited by Zhou Yuanyuan and Roger Bradshaw