Jiangsu draws 'talent map'
By Zhang Xiang (english.jsjyt.gov.cn) Updated：2018-05-07
A group of students consult an officer from the Sinoma (Suzhou) Construction Co at a job fair targeting international students in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on May 4. [Photo by Zhang Xiang/english.jsjyt.gov.cn]
Jiangsu has drawn a "talent map" to forge closer ties between schools, enterprises, and international students
The province is focusing not only on luring back homegrown graduates from foreign universities, but also attempting to attract more foreign graduates to China's eastern shore.
Nadia Anisa Rahmawati, a third-year logistics student at Yangzhou Polytechnic Institute, attended her first job fair targeting international students in Nanjing, the provincial capital, on May 4.
The Indonesian girl was a bit shy about discussing her advantages over Chinese graduates in terms of finding a job, but her HSK4 score of 256 points gave her a huge boost.
Wang Kun, human resources director of leading software provider ZTEsoft, said foreign students who were fluent in Chinese are highly preferred. His company was looking to employ 30 international project delivery and management engineers at the fair, who would later work in countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, South Africa, Morocco and Zimbabwe.
The other 70 enterprises attending the fair and offering over 1,100 work opportunities at home and abroad expressed similar views to ZTEsoft, saying that aside from professional skills, students' proficiency in Chinese and their managerial potential were of immense value.
In employers' eyes, the youngsters' Chinese education background and understanding of Chinese working culture would both bridge the communication gap between Chinese and foreign employees, as well as help the companies better acclimatize to local culture.
Employers' increasing demand for high-end international professionals has also spurred the local government to think seriously about the issue and dedicate itself to forging closer ties between colleges and companies.