At the National Science and Technology Awards Conference held in Beijing on January, 2017, Ren Xiaobin and his team won the second prize in the 2016 National Natural Science Award.
"It is the best time to do scientific research in China," said Ren. "China has a larger stage which provides more chances and room for growth. We can expand our ability and achieve greater value of life."
No one would expect Ren to achieve so much from nothing in only nine years. As one of the second batch of experts enlisted in the national "Recruitment Program of Global Experts", or Thousand Talents Program, he returned from Japan to establish the Frontier Institute of Science and Technology in Xi'an Jiaotong University and lead a group of young people to conduct research on intelligent material.
Ren is just one of the many outstanding examples of many overseas returnees. Since the program was introduced in 2008, more than 40,000 high-level talents have come back to homeland and have found jobs.
The number of returnees at professor level has been more than 20 times than that of the total number between 1978 and 2008, forming the biggest overseas returning wave since the founding of the People's Republic of China.