New Incentives Lure Chinese Talent Back Home

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Science  21 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5452, pp. 417-418
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5452.417

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B China offers several new incentive programs that provide premium salaries, generous research budgets, and other perquisites to try to bring back--or retain--top-level Chinese researchers. These programs are just one part of a broader strategy of improving conditions for Chinese scientists and reversing the tidal wave of scientific talent that has flowed out of the country in the past 2 decades. The strategy appears to be working. Last year 564 researchers returned to the Chinese Academy of Sciences from overseas while only 432 CAS scientists left for foreign positions--the first-ever positive flow since opportunities for Western training opened up.