China's Emerging Technological Edge: Assessing the Role of High-End Talent

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Overview

In less than thirty years, China has become a major force in the global economy. One feature of its rapid ascent has been an enormous expansion of the country's science and technology (S&T) capabilities, thanks to the emergence of a large and increasingly well-educated talent pool. Yet China finds itself faced with a number of major challenges as to whether its full S&T potential can be realized. At the heart of these challenges lie a number of uncertainties surrounding the quality, quantity, and effective utilization of China's S&T workforce. Written by two leading experts in the field, this book is the first in forty years to address these critical issues. Building on exciting new research and a plethora of comprehensive statistical materials, its findings will have significant policy implications both for China and for the international community, especially in terms of issues relating to national competitiveness and innovation potential.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Exploiting a wide range of primary and secondary sources, Denis Fred Simon and Cong Cao have produced an extensively researched, finely argued, and methodologically sophisticated study of science and engineering talent in China. This book will be a critical resource for all those in business, academia, and the policy making community who wish to better understand China's ability to develop and foster innovation.' Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations

'Several decades have passed since researchers and analysts could find a comprehensive document on Chinese pools of scientists, engineers and students. Simon and Cao have given us deep and profound insights on China's emerging technological edge in a multidimensional perspective.' Jon Sigurdson, Stockholm School of Economics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521712330
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Denis Fred Simon is Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce, State University of New York.

Cong Cao is Senior Research Associate at the Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce, State University of New York.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and tables

Introduction

1 Human resources, technological innovation, and economic growth 1

2 China's talent challenge 22

3 Human resources in science and technology, and their structure and characteristics in China 57

4 Higher education and scientists and engineers in the pipeline 110

5 Utilization of scientists and engineers in China 166

6 "Brain drain," "brain gain," and "brain circulation" 212

7 Supply and demand of science and technology talent in China: key drivers 254

8 China's talent in key emerging technologies 284

9 Whither China's talent pool? 333

Appendix Understanding Chinese science and technology human resources statistics 347

References 376

Index 397

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