Shanghai's Pudong will build a Tsung-Dao Lee Research Center in the Zhangjiang area, along with a batch of new world-class scientific institutes in a bid to develop the area into a "national science center."
The research center is named after the Shanghai-born scientist who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1957 and will focus on particle physics and astrophysics as well as quantum science and technology, the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission said.
"The new center aims to enhance China's influence on the fields of fundamental physics," a commission official told reporters yesterday.
And construction will start this year on the second phase of the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Zhangjiang, said Fu Jun, deputy director with the Zhangjiang management bureau.
The facility uses state-of-the-art "synchrotron radiation" technology to create super beams that are hundreds of millions of times brighter than a normal X-ray.
In addition to the first phase of the Synchrotron Radiation Facility, another major research lab already based in Zhangjiang is the National Protein Science Center.
A series of research centers of famous local universities will also be based in Zhangjiang.
They include a University of Science and Technology of China innovation center focusing on quantum information science and technology, a stem cell research center associated with Tongji University and a robot research center associated with the ShanghaiTech University.
A series of innovative policies have been planned for the Zhangjiang area to attract foreign professionals, Fu said.
Foreign professionals recommended by the universities, research centers and enterprises based in Zhangjiang can enjoy simplified processing when apply for visas, work certificates and permanent residence permits, the bureau said. A "one-stop service station" will be built in the area to serve the foreign talent.
The district is also establishing an awards system to reward excellence from foreign professionals.
"The Zhangjiang area aims to attract 500 renowned scientists and experts by the end of 2020," Fu said. "Over 20,000 professionals from abroad, and overseas graduates will work in the Zhangjiang town by then."
For the convenience of the foreign professionals and their families, the management bureau has planned new international schools.
The Pudong government will also launch a trial to open international classes at local public schools.
A flexible education system will be introduced for children of foreign professionals, Fu said.
A variety of accommodation, including high-end commercial apartments, talent apartments and serviced apartments, will be built.
Commercial facilities such as shopping malls and cultural and leisure facilities are planned nearby.