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Updated: Nov 10, 2017 Print

Review of SAFEA's work in the past few years 

1. Promoting talent introduction for national development 

In the past few years, SAFEA, following the principle of “innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development”, has implemented more open, positive and effective plans and policies to accelerate Overseas Expertise Introduction (OEI). 

With the enhanced international competitiveness of the system, we are committed to meeting the needs of international talents and intellectual resources in China's eco-society development. 

The pilot program of Foreign Expert Work Permits was launched in 2016.

2. Emphasizing introduction of high-end and scarce talents

To promote the introduction of high-level and scarce talents, SAFEA has attached great importance to the key programs including the “1000 Talents Plan” and the Recruitment Program of High-end Foreign Experts.

SAFEA has facilitated major model projects, such as a Project for Chief Foreign Experts, the Network in International Centers for Education in China, and a Project for Young Foreign Experts and OEI under the Belt and Road Initiative in the cultural and educational sector.

It also continue to support other projects including the Overseas Engineers (Experts) Program, the Foreign Experts Workshop Institution, the Recruitment Program of High-end Foreign Experts and a program of OEI for Disciplinary Innovation in universities all over the country.

3. Optimizing program structures and improving talent training

SAFEA has made great efforts to adjust program structures and optimize administrative procedures.

It has also worked to exploit good overseas training resources and improve our services and management.

To meet the needs of national development in key sectors, SAFEA continues to promote major overseas training programs, including training for innovative talents, talents for regional development, development of professionals in integrated circuits and talents under the Made in China 2025 strategy.   

4. Deepening international communication and cooperation 

International communication and cooperation have been expanded through SAFEA’s practical collaboration with overseas universities and other institutions.

It promoted the launch of the Chinese government "Friendship Award", Premier Li Keqiang's meeting with overseas experts and the SATEC Forum on Innovation and Intelligent Manufacturing, all of which have enhanced the influence of OEI in China’s eco-social development.

5. Accelerating introduction of experts in education, science, culture, health

Statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics of China show that the number of overseas experts in education, science, culture, and health working in China increased from 240,000 in 2013 to 290,000 in 2015.

From 2013 to 2015, the number of experts with doctorate degrees in education, science, culture, or health rose from 14,000 to over 21,000 and constituted a high percentage of experts in those fields.

Experts in education, science, culture, and health working for projects at higher education institutes in China grew from 39,000 in 2013 to more than 50,000 in 2016.

6. Improving overseas expert advisory system

SAFEA has focused on improving the overseas expert advisory system and given full play to the role of think tanks in national strategies and key sectors.

7. Enhancing OEI information construction

SAFEA, seeking “uniform networks, uniform platforms and uniform standards”, gives priority to information construction.It has committed to improving services and management of the national OEI system. 


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