China: We Will Train 17,000 Post-Doctoral Researchers Every Year
September 4, 2011
China plans to increase the annual enrollment of post-doctoral researchers to 17,000 in 2015, an increase of over 60 percent from 2010.
AsianScientist (Sep. 4, 2011) – China plans to increase the annual enrollment of post-doctoral researchers to 17,000 in 2015, an increase of over 60 percent from 2010, as part of a five-year blueprint for scientific development in the country.
The 12th Five-Year Program (2011-15) on post-doctoral education was released this week by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (人力资源和社会保障部) and the national committee on post-doctorate management (全国博士后管理委员会).
According to the report, the 17,000 post-doctorates will represent 20 percent of the Ph.D. graduates that year. These post-doctorates would go on to comprise 30 percent of recruits to key universities and research institutes as lecturers and research scientists that year.
To accommodate these numbers, research labs will need to increase the number of working stations specifically designated for post-doctorates for them to make up a greater proportion of research personnel, it said.
Through improved and continued training, the Ministry said that it hopes to increase the quality and training of post-doctoral researchers. It also aims to identify ways to further reform the post-doctoral system, such as how post-doctorates are managed and assessed.
Source: Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the PRC.
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