A total of 189 young talents from across the nation have been included into the new pool of an ambitious talent-support program, serving as the latest evidence of China's efforts to introduce high-end talents.
The National Special Support Program for High-level Talents, also dubbed the "Ten Thousand Talents Program," was launched in 2012 and aims to support 10,000 brilliant minds in natural sciences, engineering, philosophy, social sciences and higher education.
The 10-year program covers three tiers, including 100 "outstanding talents" who have the potential to become world-class scientists, 8,000 "leading talents" in various fields and 2,000 "young talents" who are believed to have promising potential in technology innovation and scientific research.
In the third batch of the "young talents" released by the Coordination Group for Talent Work under the Communist Party of China Central Committee on Tuesday, 138 people are dedicated to natural sciences, while the other 51 specialize in philosophy, culture and arts.
Tsinghua University tops its peers by contributing nine names, followed by Peking University and Sun Yat-sen University who contribute six each.
These talents were selected by top administrators after review, conference evaluation and appraisal by consultants, according to the working group.
The program, together with a similar "Thousand Talents Program" launched in 2008, is part of China's latest campaign to support high-end talents, aiming to lure top overseas scientists and professionals back to China.
Data shows that the two programs have managed to introduce over 9,500 domestic and overseas elite talents. The authorities also have offered more funds, improved services and upgraded selection mechanisms to attract talents.
Regional governments have also introduced supporting policies to attract more elite talents.