A Rising Star in Innovation, Catching the Eye of Talents
By LUO Ping
Known for its beautiful scenery, long history, rich culture and famous figures, Anhui province has left a deep imprint on Chinese civilization.
It is the home of magnificent mountains and renowned rivers such as Mount Huangshan, Yangtze River,and Chao Lake, and also the birthplace of the Four Treasures of the Study (Xuan brush，Hui ink，Xuan paper and She inkstone).
High on the treeline of Mount Huangshan range stands Greeting Pine--an ancient tree known for its composition and spectacular location. (PHOTO: VCG)
Now, scientific innovation has been deeply ingrained in the DNA of Anhui, creating a culture atmosphere to respect, stimulate and protect innovation.
It is the first batch of pilot provinces to systematically promote comprehensive innovation and reform experiments in China.
It is the second pilot province to build an innovation-type province. Its capital, Hefei, is the first pilot city of scientific and technological innovation in China.
The province possesses a number of high-level scientific innovation platforms, such as Hefei Comprehensive National Science Center, Hefei Binhu Science City, and Hefei-Wuhu-Bengbu National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone.
The province also hosts a number of high-level universities and institutes such as University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei University of Technology, and Hefei Institutes of Physical Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
With the third largest number of national large-scale scientific facilities and 210 national scientific innovation platforms, Anhui has made a series of major innovation achievements, giving birth to the world's first VCD player,and producing the first genetic recombinant drug, the first C-band full coherent mobile Doppler weather radar and the first homemade microcomputer in China.
In recent years, the province has striven to take a lead in innovation, further implemented innovation driven development strategies, and gone from the stage of innovation catch-up to innovation leader.
Ranking among the front-runners in regional innovation capabilities for nine straight years, Anhui is continually making major sci-tech breakthroughs represented by Micius Quantum Experiment Science Satellite, the programmable superconducting quantum computing prototype named Zu Chongzhi, and 30μm flexible folding glass.
It is also speeding up construction of an emerging industries system represented by integrated circuit, novel display and artificial intelligence.
While accelerating the implementation of major national strategies, such as the strategy for integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta, the strategy of high-quality development in the central region, and the Belt and Road Initiative, Anhui is also stepping up to build a sci-tech innovation breakthrough system, striving to construct a sci-tech innovation hotbed with significant influences, and endeavoring to build a thriving innovation highland.
"Splendid Anhui welcoming the world." Anhui sincerely invites and welcomes friends from all over the world to come, to know and to join hands with Anhui, so as to write a new chapter of innovation development and win-win cooperation together.
Luo Ping is the Director of Department of Science and Technology of Anhui Province.