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A Brief Introduction to the “Science and Technology Fellowship Programme China”

A Brief Introduction to the “Science and Technology Fellowship Programme China”

Author:Zhang Min From:Site author Update:2017-08-21 13:43:42
On March 16, 2010, the leading expert of “Science and Technology Fellowship Programme China (STFP)”, Prof. Clemens C.T.M Smolders, paid an official visit to the Institute of European Studies (IES), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and had a meeting with Prof. Zhou Hong (Director of IES) and Associate Prof. Zhang Min (Head of the Department of Science and Technological Policy Studies, IES).

Prof. Clemens C.T.M Smolders has been a professor at both Bristol University and Lancaster University in UK. When the STFP Programme was launched, he was appointed as a leading expert of this programme.  

The aims and targets of the STFP Programme are quite different from those of the previous EU-China Programmes such as EU-China high education programme and China European Studies Center Programme(CESCP).  

Prof. Smolder explained said the EU would like to dispatch EU post-doctors or PhD candidates to work and study in China. He stated that the idea of starting such a new programme was recommended by a British parliamentarian, who believed that there should be more cooperation and academic exchanges as the EU-China relation is further enhanced.

Prof. Smolder said that the percentage of total high school graduates in EU member states preferring to enroll in university in science and technology is below 5%, compared with above 20% in China. He predicts that China is likely to take a lead in technical engineering in the future and Europe has advantages of creational methods in Sciences and Technology.

But Prof. Smolder also pointed out that China lacks innovative capabilities, cutting-edge science and technological methodologies. He believed that this new programmme would not only help China to remedy these drawbacks, but also contribute to the mutual learning between EU and China. In this sense, this win-win programme is of great benefit to both EU and China.

Up to now, the STF Programme is the most creative action under the EU-China Science and Technology cooperation framework. It is different from the previous programmes in two ways. On the one hand, it changes from the unidirectional exchange to bidirectional. On the other hand, the new programme views EU young scientist and technicians as the priority target of training because they are considered promising, energetic, eager to learn new thinking way and methodologies from China and likely to integrate into China’s society and establish wide and sustainable academic network. So chances are that these young fellows may become the mainstay in EU science and technology field in the future.

The first round of the programme began in April, 2009, which will last two years. The qualified candidates participating in the programme came from more than ten EU member countries. Now they are working in the universities and institutes in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, etc.

The administration office of the programme regularly organizes networking events for all the participants and sponsor units to gather together to exchange their inspirations and experiences.
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