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China to cultivate more excellent scientists
Updated: 2004-03-21 10:29

Bai Chunli, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), said in Beijing on Saturday that the academy plans to cultivate more excellent scientists who will lead research in strategic fields.

At the CAS first work conference on human resources which starts Saturday, Bai, who is also a world-recognized chemist and CAS academician, said that the academy will also recruit promising young scientists from throughout the world, especially those Chinese studying or working abroad.

He said his academy is planning a mid-term project on human resources in the coming one or two decades.

In addition, the CAS would launch the Einstein Professorship exchange program this year. World leading scientists, such as Nobel scientific laureates, will be invited to give speeches to Chinese scientists on CAS forums.

In a bid to support the social and economic development in northeast and west China, the CAS will sponsor visiting scholars in the two regions.

Bai said the CAS views the Science and Technology University of China, affiliated to the CAS, and the CAS graduate school, two key training bases.

The CAS has 40 percent of the state's total CAS academicians, top academic honor in China, and 8.4 percent of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) academicians.

Among 44,000 CAS employees, three fourths are under the age of 45 years, 53 percent hold master's or doctor's degrees, 82 percentare scientific researchers or technologists.


The Chinese Academy of Sciences also announced that it plans to invite the world's leading scientists for academic exchanges with Chinese scientists.

Under the newly-launched Einstein Professorship program, the CAS will finance about 20 to 30 global big names to carry out academic activities, including speeches and discussions, in China. They will also be asked to give advice to researches of CAS institutes.

Candidates might be from Nobel laureates and top prize winners in maths, computing science and environmental science.

The CAS will also arrange visiting scholarship, ranging from three to six months, of leading Chinese scientists to world-famousresearch bodies.

"The Einstein Professorship program will help Chinese researchers directly exchange with the world's best scientists," said Bai Chunli, CAS vice president. "We hope the exchange will help more excellent Chinese scientists show themselves."

The program will start late this year. CAS sources said the academy will pay Einstein Professors in accordance with international practice.

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