China Nuclear Technology University Established in Tianjin
As early as 2012, the China Nuclear Industry Group established an “Enterprise University”; over the years, they have worked closely with Huanan University (Guangzhou) and Donghua S&T University (the only National Level International Collaboration based in Jiangxi), in an attempt to build China’s Higher Education nuclear talent capability.
Despite these efforts, QIAN Gang, Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) affirmed the current tertiary system’s inability to meet industry demand in China’s congress earlier this year by stating “China should support a nuclear industry university at the national level”. QIAN gave an example that amongst the 2,300 graduates the Nuclear Industry Group employed, only 20% of them hold a Nuclear major and only 6% of them are selected by universities (rather than being allocated by the Gaokao system).
In an aim to combat this, the property arm of China Nuclear Industry Group has paid USD238million to secure land in Tianjin’s Binhai District to build the China Nuclear Industry University. The University is expected to work closely with the China National Nuclear Science R&D Institute and the Airborne Survey and Remote Sensing Centre of Nuclear Industry, using the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) model (which is research focused, and closely blended with R&D institutes) to produce graduates at all levels.