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More Chinese Overseas Students Return Home in 2010

 Nearly 135,000 Chinese students returned home after finishing their education abroad in 2010, up 24.7 percent from 2009, said a senior human resources official here Friday.

More than 632,000 Chinese, or 33 percent of those who studied abroad, returned home since 1978, said Yin Weimin, minister of human resources and social security at a meeting held here.

Yin attributed the increase to better policies and working environment in China.

The Chinese government launched a recruitment program of global experts in 2008, offering favorable policies in terms of taxation, insurance, housing, children and spouse settlement, career development, research projects, and government awards.

As of last year, 1,143 top-level scientists and professionals have worked in China under the program, Yin said.

Moreover, more than 150 industrial parks nationwide, hosting 8,000 companies, attracted 20,000 returnees who have "greatly contributed to the scientific innovation and industrial restructuring," he said.

He pledged to improve policies and service to returned talents this year.

According to the Ministry of Education, a total of 1.9 million Chinese studied overseas from 1978 to 2010.

In 2010, about 280,000 young Chinese went abroad for education, a year-on-year increase of 24 percent.

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