To strengthen the introduction of high-level talents from overseas and accelerate the development of Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) into a key university under construction with first-rate disciplines in Zhejiang Province, a WMU delegation consisting of relevant officials from the Personnel Department, the International Cooperation and Exchange Office, the First Affiliated Hospital, the Second Affiliated Hospital and the Affiliated Eye Hospital led by Party Secretary Lu Fan visited the United States from April 23rd to 27th to recruit high-level talents.
The delegation held high-level talent recruitment events at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Prof. David Heath, President of SUNY College of Optometry, and representatives from the North American Alumni Association of WMU, the New York Alumni Association of Peking University and the New York Alumni Association of Fudan University attended the events. The job fair attracted more than 80 scholars and PhDs (post-doctors) from renowned universities (research facilities) in New York, Houston and surrounding areas including Columbia University, Rockefeller University, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as well as professionals, mainly in the fields of clinical medicine, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and big data statistics, from well-known institutions such as the Bloomberg Media Group and Deloitte Consulting Co., Ltd. When the events closed, nearly 20 people expressed their willingness to become WMU’s candidates to apply to the national “Thousand Talents Plan” and the Zhejiang Provincial “Thousand Talents Plan”.
At the job fair, Lu Fan expressed her hope to recruit more overseas talents for WMU. According to her, talent-related workd has always been a priority of WMU as talents and disciplines are “dual engines” for the school’s future development. Focusing on cultivation and introduction of talents at the same time, WMU has taken multiple measures to successfully build a support and guarantee system throughout the entire process of talent development. She expected young talents from overseas to take advantage of the excellent career development platform, favorable talent recruit policies and good working environment provided by WMU, considering favorable timing of the “Double-First-Class” Strategy construction, Wenzhou’s beautiful natural environment and profound cultural heritage as well as the unity with people at WMU who appreciate, respect and make the most of talents. With detailed data and vivid examples, the delegation introduced the school’s history and development, student training quality and the faculty, featured disciplines, affiliated hospitals, research platforms, international development as well as talent introduction policies. Delegation members also exchanged views with participants on scientific research support, team building, logistics support etc. The atmosphere was very lively at the events. WMU’s efforts to recruit talents from overseas have attracted the attention and recognition of participating youth scholars, local WMU alumni, overseas Chinese organizations and media. At the job fair, Lu Fan accepted on-site interviews with the Xinhua News Agency and the Chinapress (“Qiao Bao”), and the telephone interview with Amazing China, a local radio station in the United States. All the interviews received warm responses.
As an important channel for WMU to attract talents from abroad, holding overseas talent recruitment fair, various types of talent support programs implemented by the school in recent years, the introduction of talents and academic innovation programs in institutions of higher learning, and the “Center of Excellence” under preparation constitute a “Policy-Channel-Platform” highly integrated talent recruitment system.
At the sidelines of the recruitment events, the delegation also visited the world’s top medical schools and research institutions including Columbia University, University of Houston, the Texas University MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital. Preliminary cooperation intentions have been reached on student exchange, joint cultivation, teachers’ visiting, research collaboration and recommendation of outstanding talents.