Ningbo: Tal­ent and tech week cru­cial to in­no­va­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By HAO NAN hao­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Ningbo Tal­ent and Tech­nol­ogy Week is be­com­ing a core part of the city’s strat­egy to at­tract needed pro­fes­sion­als from both China and abroad, said lo­cal of­fi­cials.

The an­nual event hosed by the min­istries of ed­u­ca­tion, hu­man re­sources and so­cial se­cu­rity, as well as the Zhe­jiang provin­cial govern­ment and other govern­ment agen­cies, will be held from Sept 13 to 17 in the port city.

More than 5,000 Chi­nese col­lege grad­u­ates with a mas­ter’s de­gree or higher will have op­por­tu­ni­ties for job in­ter­views at about 900 com­pa­nies from Ningbo and sur­round­ing re­gions in Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

Some 300 re­turned over­seas Chi­nese ex­perts will also be in­vited to dis­cuss their in­no­va­tive projects. The fair will help them co­op­er­ate with lo­cal com­pa­nies, re­search in­sti­tutes or uni­ver­si­ties to set up their own busi­nesses in the city or else­where in the prov­ince.

An ex­hi­bi­tion for high-tech achieve­ments and patents in new ma­te­ri­als, ad­vanced equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing, life and health sec­tors will also be held dur­ing the fair. More than 500 projects will be in­tro­duced to 150 large re­search in­sti­tutes and com­pa­nies, while120 Chi­nese and for­eign ex­perts will also take part in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The city’s first auc­tion will also be or­ga­nized, of­fer­ing six of the lat­est in­no­va­tions and 18 in­ven­tion patents and util­ity mod­els to lo­cal cor­po­ra­tions.

Univer­sity pres­i­dents from schools in China and abroad will dis­cuss ways to put re­search re­sults into use with lo­cal en­trepreneurs at a fo­rum to train engi­neers, tech­ni­cians and ex­ec­u­tives.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude ma­jor pro­ject sign­ing cer­e­monies, a tour of Ningbo for EU tech­nol­ogy diplo­mats and aca­demi­cians, an in­dus­trial de­sign com­pe­ti­tion and an in­ter­na­tional hu­man re­source fo­rum.

The week­long pro­mo­tional event was founded in 2006 to at­tract tal­ent and high qual­ity em­ploy­ees world­wide to speed up the city’s in­dus­trial mod­ern­iza­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

Dur­ing its first ses­sion, the city govern­ment pub­lished China’s first ur­ban tal­ent de­vel­op­ment re­port and the next year is­sued the coun­try’s first tal­ent-de­mand in­dex.

Over the past few years, tens of thou­sands of peo­ple from at least 30 coun­tries have taken part in the job fair.

The Ningbo city govern­ment still con­tin­ues to work hard to at­tract top over­seas pro­fes­sion­als.

It also em­ploys other means such as for­eign fairs, the In­ter­net and over­seas or­ga­ni­za­tions.

It has founded seven over­seas co­op­er­a­tion cen­ters in the United States and other coun­tries and main­tains part­ner­ships with more than 10 over­seas stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tions.

To date the city has im­ported some 3,500 ex­perts from all over the world in­clud­ing 30 aca­demics from the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Sciences and the Chi­nese Acad­emy of En­gi­neer­ing.

Those ar­rivals es­tab­lished 455 com­pa­nies that con­trib­uted 1.1 bil­lion yuan ($179.6 mil­lion) in taxes in 2012.

Yang Lip­ing, di­rec­tor of Ningbo Mu­nic­i­pal Or­ga­ni­za­tion Depart­ment, said the rapidly in­creas­ing num­ber of over­seas pro­fes­sion­als com­ing to Ningbo is a pos­i­tive re­flec­tion of the city’s de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“In­no­va­tion is the driv­ing force of Ningbo’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, while tal­ent is the key,” Yang said. “Ningbo aims to be­come a mod­ern­ized in­ter­na­tional por­tal city and high-qual­ity hu­man re­sources are cru­cial to help­ing us make this dream come true.”

The first step of in­tro­duc­ing Ningbo to such tal­ent is to let them feel the sin­cer­ity of the city, said Yang.

“We want them to feel that com­ing to Ningbo is a good choice both for their ca­reers and lives. So we are es­tab­lish­ing a home, house and health sys­tem to sup­port them,” he noted.

Nearly 2,000 apart­ments are pro­vided at low prices, as well as fa­vor­able health­care poli­cies and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams for their chil­dren.

“Once they feel Ningbo is their home, they will de­vote their whole en­ergy into busi­ness here,” Yang added.

To pro­vide a suit­able base for th­ese pro­fes­sion­als and over­seas Chi­nese schol­ars, the city has es­tab­lished a Statelevel in­no­va­tion cen­ter, along with six provin­cial sites and 10 in­dus­trial parks to ac­com­mo­date them.

Yuyao, one of the in­dus­trial parks, is home to 13 high-end tech­no­log­i­cal projects, with an­other 18 now in ap­proval pro­ce­dures.

The city govern­ment has also set up a spe­cial fund for top ex­perts and in­no­va­tion groups. Fi­nan­cial sub­si­dies can reach 20 mil­lion yuan as a startup fund for a busi­ness and 1 mil­lion yuan for an in­di­vid­ual.

Last year, 113 in­di­vid­u­als and 185 groups ap­plied for govern­ment in­cen­tives, among which 79 ex­perts and 36 groups were ap­proved.

Chen Qiang, deputy ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent of the Yangtze Delta Re­gion In­sti­tute at Ts­inghua Univer­sity, said that the pol­icy is “very at­trac­tive” to over­seas tal­ent com­pared with those from other cities in China. The in­sti­tute is now or­ga­niz­ing four rounds of tours to in­tro­duce Zhe­jiang prov­ince to re­turned over­seas Chi­nese.

PHO­TOS PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Open­ing cer­e­mony for the Ningbo Tal­ent and Tech­nol­ogy Week last year. The 2013 ses­sion is sched­uled to open on Sept 13.

Ex­plor­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties for tech co­op­er­a­tion.

Aca­demics of­fer ad­vice on the spot.

Job seek­ers eval­u­ate com­pany in­for­ma­tion.

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