Wuhan uses key tar­geted projects to at­tract ex­per­tise

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By YANG ZI­MAN andHU YUANYUAN in­Wuhan, Hubei

Wuhan, the cap­i­tal city of Hubei prov­ince, is us­ing tar­geted projects to at­tract­ing over­seas ex­per­tise, both Chi­nese and for­eign­ers, ac­cord­ing to a top of­fi­cial of the city.

“We used to have a lot of ta­lent re­cruit­ment pro­grams over­seas. But, the re­sults were not so good. Now we have changed our strat­egy to use spe­cific projects to lure tal­ented peo­ple,” said Wan Yong, mayor of the city.

Wuhan, lo­cated in cen­tral China, is gear­ing up to build it­self into a high-tech base. It launched a pro­gram called “Wuhan City Part­ner” in 2015. Its goal is to draw ta­lent from home and abroad, mainly for three in­dus­tries: in­for­ma­tion, bio­science and in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing.

The re­cruited city part­ners will be en­ti­tled to a “green card one-stop ser­vice” that helps them to get set­tled down in the city more eas­ily — help­ing them find hous­ing, schools for their chil­dren and med­i­cal ser­vices. Their pay will range from 500,000 yuan ($72,000) to 2 mil­lion yuan.

Yang Daichang, chair­man of Wan Yong, WuhanHealth­gen Biotech­nol­ogy Corp, was among the first 60 Wuhan City Part­ners. He came back in 2005 af­ter work­ing six years in the United States. His­com­pany has de­vel­oped ge­netic tech­nol­ogy to draw, from rice, serum pro­tein, a key sub­stance for the treat­ment of burns and blood loss. The tech­nol­ogy is now be­ing re­viewed for ap­proval by rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

In 2009, Wuhan in­tro­duced a “3551” pro­gram that aims to re­cruit lead­ing in­ter­na­tional staff in five pil­lar in­dus­tries (opto-elec­tron­ics in­for­ma­tion, bio­science, en­vi­ron­ment, high-end equip­ment and high-tech ser­vices) in the city’s Op­ti­cal Val­ley. As of May, 2015, the pro­gram had re­cruited 772 peo­ple, among whom more than 70 per­cent had worked or been ed­u­cated over­seas. More than a quar­ter were for­eign­ers.

Marco Banfi, an Ital­ian en­gi­neer and two other Ital­ian en­gi­neers, came to work for Wuhan Hirun En­gi­neer­ing Equip­men­tCoLtd, a man­u­fac­turer of bridge bear­ings and seis­mic iso­la­tion prod­ucts three years ago.

Banfi, the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of Hirun, has de­cided to sign an­other three-year con­tract with the com­pany, as he plans to get mar­ried and set­tle down in the city.

He has seen his team grow from a cou­ple of staff mem­bers to more than 20 peo­ple in the past three years.

“The work was tough in the be­gin­ning aswetried to match our tech­nol­ogy with the lo­cal sit­u­a­tion. But, we have suc­cess­fully built the seis­mic test ma­chine from scratch,” said Banfi.

Nowwe have changed our strat­egy to use spe­cific projects to lure tal­ented peo­ple.” mayor ofWuhan

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SUN CHEN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Job seek­ers at­tend a re­cruit­ment fair es­pe­cially ar­ranged for com­pa­nies in the Op­ti­cal Val­ley in Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince.

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