Chengdu’s high-tech zone ramps up re­cruit­ment ef­forts around world


As a vi­tal eco­nomic engine and ma­jor force in China’s new econ­omy, Chengdu in Sichuan province is tak­ing new steps to at­tract the ever-greater num­ber of over­seas pro­fes­sion­als needed to staff its lo­cal en­ter­prises, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

In July and Septem­ber, a large num­ber of en­ter­prises in sec­tors such as in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, new econ­omy and bi­o­log­i­cal medicine from the Chengdu Hi-Tech In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Zone launched a series of re­cruit­ment events in over­seas cities in­clud­ing Lon­don, Dublin, New York and Bos­ton. The events were at­tended by more than 650 par­tic­i­pants and 140 jobs were of­fered.

Held by the Party and mass work depart­ment of the Chengdu high-tech zone and Chengdu Tianfu Soft­ware Park Co Ltd, the events named “Tianfu Tal­ent Re­cruit­ment, Over­seas Tour” have at­tracted sev­eral renowned en­ter­prises in­clud­ing Changhong, Ubisoft En­ter­tain­ment, Aus­tralia and New Zealand Bank­ing Group, Chengdu Win­ner­soft Co Ltd, ThoughtWorks and

The zone has held the event for three con­sec­u­tive years. The pre­vi­ous events were con­ducted in the Sil­i­con Val­ley, Seoul, Frank­furt, Stock­holm and Toronto, at­tract­ing a to­tal of more than 770 pro­fes­sion­als, with 160 jobs of­fered.

This year’s Euro­pean re­cruit­ment sem­i­nar was held in Lon­don and Dublin from July 13 to 20, and the North Amer­i­can ses­sion kicked off in New York and Bos­ton, last­ing from Sept 13 to 17.

More than 3,000 can­di­dates from the UK and Ire­land were in­vited to at­tend through emails, tele­phones and text mes­sages, with hun­dreds of re­sumes pour­ing in to fill 32 job va­can­cies.

More than 300 pro­fes­sion­als in ar­eas such as in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and fi­nance at­tended the event, with PhDs and mas­ter’s de­gree hold­ers ac­count­ing for 20 per­cent and 70 per­cent, re­spec­tively. There were 140 jobs of­fered at the event.

The US sem­i­nar in­vited more than 2,500 can­di­dates, with a to­tal of 28 job posts re­ceiv­ing hun­dreds of re­sumes. More than 350 pro­fes­sion­als in ar­eas such as in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and fi­nance at­tended the event, with PhDs and masters de­gree hold­ers ac­count­ing for 26 per­cent and 68 per­cent, re­spec­tively. The event re­sulted in more than 100 job of­fers.

Dur­ing the re­cruit­ment events around the globe, the zone has built off­shore en­trepreneur­ship bases for over­seas pro­fes­sion­als in Lon­don, Dublin, Bos­ton and New York as part of its re­mark­able ef­fort to at­tract more tal­ented peo­ple.

Based on the zone’s lat­est rules, pro­fes­sion­als who are mem­bers of those bases will be free on their work­ing time and en­joy fa­vor­able poli­cies of the zone.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal en­ter­prises vis­ited many trade agen­cies and renowned com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Tal­ent Tech­nol­ogy, China-Bri­tain Busi­ness Coun­cil, China Over­seas Ser­vice Cen­ter Ire­land and Guin­ness to tighten friendly re­la­tions and build co­op­er­a­tive chan­nels with the Chengdu high-tech zone.

They also went to nu­mer­ous pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing King’s Col­lege Lon­don, Judge Busi­ness School, Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin, Ca­reers Ser­vice of Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin and Har­vard Of­fice of Ca­reer Ser­vices.

Also, the del­e­gates from Chengdu vis­ited sev­eral over­seas in­no­va­tion in­cu­ba­tors, in­clud­ing St. John’s In­no­va­tion Cen­ter in UK and the Im­pact Hub to dis­cuss startup man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence.

Sev­eral en­ter­prises in­clud­ing Ubisoft En­ter­tain­ment and Changhong have joined the re­cruit­ment events for three con­sec­u­tive years and achieved fruit­ful re­sults.

Zhou Bangn­ing, hu­man re­source of­fi­cer of Ubisoft En­ter­tain­ment, said the com­pany has re­cruited an ex­cel­lent tech artist and a game plan­ner.

Af­ter Changhong re­cruited the gen­eral manger of its re­search and devel­op­ment cen­ter in North Amer­ica in 2016 through the over­seas re­cruit­ment event, the com­pany again at­tracted a batch of chief sci­en­tists along with other tal­ented peo­ple last year.

Wang Baoli, hu­man re­source of­fi­cer of Changhong, said the over­seas re­cruit­ment event is a cost-ef­fec­tive choice to find high-level pro­fes­sion­als, es­pe­cially in ar­eas such as data min­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

This year, Changhong of­fered job posts such as se­nior re­searchers in big data and health­care, se­nior IC de­sign en­gi­neer and tech man­age­ment trainees.

This year marked the first time, a dig­i­tal me­dia plat­form on fi­nance and new tech­nol­ogy in Chengdu, par­tic­i­pated in the re­cruit­ment event.

As a fi­nan­cial ser­vice plat­form fo­cus­ing on block chain, in­ter­net tech­nolo­gies, fi­nanc­ing and en­trepreneur­ship, the com­pany has a strong need for pro­fes­sion­als spe­cial­iz­ing in over­seas in­vest­ment and new tech­nolo­gies such as block chain.

At the Euro­pean event, re­cruited three can­di­dates.

Bi Ji­acheng, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of the com­pany, said that those peo­ple are per­fect matches for the com­pany both in terms of ed­u­ca­tion back­ground and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence. They are help­ful to ex­pand’s over­seas busi­nesses in the fu­ture.

As an area with open­ing-up poli­cies and solid eco­nomic foun­da­tions, the Chengdu high-tech zone has be­come an ideal des­ti­na­tion for many famed multi­na­tion­als to base their op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing the USbased semi­con­duc­tor man­u­fac­turer Glob­alFoundries, In­tel, IBM, med­i­cal de­vice man­u­fac­turer Medtronic Philips, Maersk and Siemens.

There are also a large num­ber of star­tups in the zone re­ly­ing on its tal­ent pool of some 100,000 peo­ple.

In April, the zone re­leased a “golden panda” re­cruit­ment plan to at­tract ex­cep­tional over­seas pro­fes­sion­als around the globe with a max­i­mum re­ward of 100 mil­lion yuan, of­fer­ing them ben­e­fits such as per­ma­nent res­i­dence, fi­nanc­ing, ed­u­ca­tion for their kids, med­i­cal care and other gov­ern­ment ser­vices.

To date, the Chengdu high-tech zone is home to some 482,000 tal­ented peo­ple, in­clud­ing six No­bel Prize win­ners. The city has set up 21 off­shore en­trepreneur­ship bases for over­seas pro­fes­sion­als in ar­eas in­clud­ing Amer­ica’s Sil­i­con Val­ley, as well as Seoul and Frank­furt.

has built an off­shore en­trepreneur­ship base in Bos­ton. at the zone’s off­shore en­trepreneur­ship base in Lon­don.


Del­e­gates from Chengdu at­tend the over­seas re­cruit­ment event in New York, the United States.

The Chengdu high-tech zone

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