Professor Zweig has been studying China’s talent policy and its efforts to turn its efforts to turn its chronic brain drain into a brain gain for over 28 years. He has carried out more than a dozen surveys, some with the Chinese Ministry of Education, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan), and with the Center on China and Globalization. He has focused on returning scientists, academics, entrepreneurs, and MA students, as well looking at the “Diaspora Option,” China’s effort to encourage Chinese students who remain abroad to help national modernization.
But how successful has this policy been? Has China been able to bring back the best? What has been the role of the Communist Party and the Chinese state in this effort, relative to market forces? What is the current state of China’s policy on overseas study in light of the current global confrontation with the US?
In this lecture, Prof Zweig will share some of his findings and insights on this 40-year effort that began in 1978 when Deng Xiaoping first argued that China had to let its students go abroad if it wanted to catch up with the West.
About the speaker
Prof. David ZWEIG is a Chair Professor in the Division of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a Canadian who studied in Beijing in 1974-1976 and did local field research in China in 1980-1981, 1986, 1991-92, and 1997. He has advised the Chinese government on its search for talent and its Hong Kong policy, and has worked with the foreign ministries, trade offices and Hong Kong consulates of Canada, the US, Sweden, Great Britain, South Korea, Japan, Norway, and India. He has authored four books (including Harvard and Cornell University presses), edited seven books, has 40 articles in refereed journals, refereed books or high-impact magazines (including Foreign Affairs), and another 50 articles in edited books and on-line websites, including those run by Science/Nature and the New York Times. He is a contributing writer to the South China Morning Post. Dr. Zweig’s PhD in Political Science is from the University of Michigan (1983) and he was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He has taught at HKUST since 1996. He founded the Center on China’s Transnational Relations at HKUST in 2004 and is Vice President of the Center on China and Globalization in Beijing. He has two online classes with COURSERA, one on domestic Chinese politics and one on China and the World, where he has taught close to 12,000 students.