[photopress:returning_students.jpg,full,alignright]According to a document jointly issued by the Ministries of Personnel and Education, Chinese students studying abroad will have special privileges if they return to work after graduation. Returned graduates will be qualified to work without residency restrictions, personnel quotas and pay limits.
Graduates in high-level professions who are willing to return will be able to live and work freely. The document says the Personnel Ministry will, with other ministries, provide special funds to attract graduates with urgently needed skills.
Among other benefits, high-level graduates will have simplified procedures at border entry and exit points. Returned graduates are encouraged to explore opportunities in the country’s western region and to help revive the northeastern traditional industry bases. Students unable to return imminently will be encouraged to undertake research cooperation with domestic partners.
A total of 1.07 million Chinese students have studied abroad, including self-financed and state-financed, but just 275,000 returned to China after graduation. Last year, 42,000 came back, 21.3% up from the number in 2005.
Source: China View