Introduction

Established with the approval of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, China Global Talents Society(CGTS)is a national research organization that is dedicated to the study of international talent. CGTS operates under guidance from both the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China and China Talent Research Society. Serving the national strategy of ‘reinvigorating China with talent’, CGTS sets itself the following objectives: promoting the development of international talent for China; providing consultation for the government on the cultivation of international talent; introducing high-level international talents to China; fostering communications between Chinese talents and foreign talents on the international level. To achieve these goals, CGTS engages China’s international talent experts as well as practitioners in the study of hot talent issues such as cultivation of international talent, talent development, talent utilization, talent movement and competition, etc, thereby boosting communication and interaction among global talents at home and abroad.

CGTS held it inaugural meeting on June 30, 2013. Among the dignitaries present at the ceremony were: Wang Xiaochu, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, who is also the Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress; Ma Wenpu, former Vice Minister of the International Department, Central Committee of CPC and President of China Overseas-Educated Scholars Development Foundation; Ma Songde, former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, who also acts as the Vice-Chairman of Western Returned Scholars Association; Li Youwei, President of China Talent Research Society; Zhang Jingan, President of China Association of Science and Technology Industrial Parks; Zhang Zhian, Director of Talent Bureau of the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the CPC; Li Jinsheng, Deputy Director of the Professions and Skills Department of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security; Xia Wenfeng, Director of China Service Center for Overseas Students and Experts; Wu Jiang, President of Chinese Academy of Personnel Science,; Yuan Junling, Director of Talent Department of State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, etc.

In an age of talent globalization, cultivation and study of international talents, as well as competition for international talents play an increasingly important role in a nation’s development. With developed countries in Europe and America constantly adjusting their talent and immigration policies to attract global talents, competition for international talents has heated up worldwide. Under these circumstances, to become a talent-strong nation, China needs to enhance research on global talents, expand communication of international talents and promote development of global talents in China. This is the backdrop against which the CGTS came into being.

The establishment of CGTS will help promote research on relevant hot and difficult issues concerning international talents and strengthen communication between international talents home and abroad. It will eliminate barrier for the flow of international talents, improve the quality of talents and foster a more internationalized pool of talents through competition, communication and cooperation. Furthermore, by bringing together more international talents and experts, CGTS will strengthen its study on international talents and provide constructive policy recommendations. Through the publication of more research findings, it hopes to promote innovation and improvement in relevant policies concerning international talents, thereby contributing to the research and development of China’s international talents.

CGTS boasts of a domestic as well as an international consultant team, both of which are composed of senior experts on international talents. It also has an academic advising committee and a number of guest research associates. Most of the consulting team have doctorates, or overseas studying and working experiences and are well-established scholars on the study of global talents. Some foreign organizations which our consults represent are authorities in certain areas. For example, the International Organization for Migration keeps track of the flow of global talent. Another example, the International Society of Executive Search, the largest international executive search organization with a history of over 50 years, is the authority on international executive search, whose members spread across the world. CGTS will cooperate closely with these foreign partners.

CGTS’s international consultant team consists of 7 experts, including Par Liljert – DG Special Envoy & Head of Liaison Office; Denis Fred Simon, Vice Provost for International Strategic Initiatives,Arizona State University, John P. R. Benson, Managing Director of International of Dice Holdings, Inc; Yuen Pau WOO, President and CEO of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; David Zweig, Associate Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Howard Duncan, Executive Head of Metropolis Project; Peter M. Felix – President of Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).

The domestic CGTS consult group is composed of 15 vetern experts engaging in the study of public policy, public system and other fields related to the study of talent, such as Xue Lan, Dean of the Institute of Public Administration, Tsinghua University; Dong Keyong, Dean of the Institute of Public Administration, Renmin University; Hu Wei, Dean of the Institute of Public Administration, Shanghai Jiaotong University; Yao Xianguo, Dean of the Institute of Public Administration, Zhejiang University; Xiao Mingzheng, Director of the Public Administration Department of the School of Government, Peking University; Duan Peijun, Director of Strategic Research Office in the Party School of the CPC Central Committee; Lin Zeyan, Director of Policy Research Office in All China Federation of Industry and Commerce and Liu Guofu, Professor of Law School in Beijing Institute of Technology.

CTGS is led by a professional team of presidents. The president and vice-presidents elected in this inaugural meeting are mostly experts who obtained their doctorates in Europe, America or Japan. Many of them have published influential works on talents or engaged in national research projects. Some are top experts in the field of international talents studies and are prominent figures in China.

Dr. Wang Huiyao was elected president of CGTS. He once served as a member of the international talent strategy team of the Central Committee of CPC and helped draft ‘China's National Middle and Long Term Talents Development Plan Outline (2010-2020)’ with other experts. CGTS also has 6 elected Vice Presidents, including Wang Zhenyao, Dean of China Philanthropy Research Institute, Beijing Normal University; Wang Zhen, Deputy Director of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences; Wang Boqing, President of MyCOS Data; Zhang Lei, Founder & CEO of Hillhouse Capital Management; Li Shan, Independent Director of SouFun Holdings Ltd and Li Shuguang, Professor of China University of Politics and Law.

China Global Talent Society brings together the most authoritative talent experts and scholars at home and abroad. Though from different fields, these experts and scholars all share a common vision, that is, to strengthen the study and development of international talent in the age of talent globalization.