The 2020 Convention on Exchange of Overseas Talents and the 22nd Guangzhou Convention of Overseas Chinese Scholars in Science and Technology (hereinafter referred to as the "2020 OCS"), co-hosted by the Ministry of Education, Western Returned Scholars Association (Overseas-educated Scholars Association of China) and Guangzhou Municipal People's Government, and coordinated jointly by 29 cities (agencies) including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing, was held in the offline main venue in Guangzhou from December 18 to 19, 2020.
In 2020, China stepped up efforts in implementing a new model of development where the country relies on a robust domestic demand as the main driver of the economy while maintaining a dual circulation for the domestic and external demand to complement one another. Faced with the new situation, the OCS is committed to serving as a platform for talents involved in the "dual circulation". Statistics show that this year’s OCS attracted more than 5,000 overseas talents returning from 31 countries and regions, including the UK and USA. The offline main venue welcomed government delegations from 88 cities across the country, and representatives from 550 universities, research institutes and technology companies, presenting a total of over 3,800 projects and witnessing more than 50 activities including contract signing, project launch, and press conferences.
Mr. Wang, who returned from Australia, went straight to the booth of Huangpu District and Guangzhou Development District as soon as he arrived at venue and talked to the staff on the site. "I'd really want to learn about the country's latest policies on support for young entrepreneurs and about how to commercialize overseas project in China," said Wang, "I heard about how great biomedical industry is developing in this district before. So I come to find out about taxation and premise leasing, hoping one day I'll launch my own project here."
In response to the special challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the OCS was held offline at the main venue in Guangzhou and 9 overseas sub-venues in the San Francisco Bay Area in the USA and the Tokyo Bay Area in Japan, etc., together with the online promotion. More than 3,300 overseas talents presented nearly 3,500 projects at the OCS events online and offline, while research institutes, universities and enterprises across the country offered over 20,000 job vacancies.
"The COVID-19 pandemic makes it more appealing for overseas talents to return home, and enterprises like us would love to recruit excellent talents." said the head of Guangzhou Melux Technology to the reporter. As the development of the artificial intelligence industry accelerates, the company is in urgent need of talents specialized in algorithm research, software and hardware development, and product design.
"We are home to many academicians and great scientists, where you can work and progress with equally outstanding colleagues and benefit from the flexible system and considerate services." said Mr. Xu Zong, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the director of Pazhou Laboratory, who visited the venue to present the lab in person.
The reporter noticed that, in addition to enterprises, research institutes were also sending earnest invitations to talents across the globe. "We need talents in the fields of 5G, 6G, and optical communications, a lot of them." said the executive deputy director of Pengcheng Laboratory which is in urgent need of talents in network communications, cyberspace security and artificial intelligence.
To meet the needs of overseas talents returning home for employment, this edition of OCS featured market orientation and mobilized the input of various types of market players, including 436 enterprises who offered 29,475 job vacancies. Regarding the efforts to build an exclusively appealing platform for exchange of talents, Jinbo Award, the first leading scientific and technological innovation contest supported by governments and initiated and organized by NGOs in the country was introduced.
Jin Li, a CAS academician and the executive vice president of Fudan University, suggested that governments should make efforts in three aspects, namely guiding policies, information distribution, and institutional guarantee for the benefit of platforms, projects and overseas talents, and should provide targeted and competitive talent service for the returned entrepreneurs.