Why China?

What you can gain from working in China

Home to the world’s largest population, China’s international influence is increasing due to rapid economic growth. It is predicted that by 2050, China will be the largest economy in the world, accounting for around 20% of the world’s GDP. Until then, China is projected to achieve an average annual growth of around 3% per annum, a rate greater than any other advanced economy.[1]

This unprecedented growth creates an opportunity for new and cutting-edge research collaborations within higher education in China. Holding the largest number of academics in any one place on the planet, as well as 4 of the top 10 universities in Asia, the country offers rich and varied careers for academics.[2]

STEM opportunities

As China continues to grow, the research environment within Chinese universities will play a pivotal role in determining the country’s trajectory in being a successful, high-income economy. As a result, there has been an increase of focus surrounding STEM research in higher education institutions.

China now boasts the largest number of laboratory scientists of any country, and its research and development spending outstrips that of the EU.[3] This increased investment within higher education and research has led to a proliferation of scientific publications. In 2018, Elsevier reported that China had overtaken the US as the world’s largest producer of scientific research papers by volume, and that the country’s citation index was leading in certain disciplines including materials science, chemistry and engineering.[4]

China’s determination to transition from a manufacturing-based economy to an innovation-driven, knowledge-based economy has created many opportunities within higher education unique to anywhere else in the world.

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Hear from academics who have worked in China

As a dynamic place to live and work, China offers you a unique opportunity to develop your professional career. Hear from some academics who’ve already taken this opportunity, and gain some insight into what it’s really like living and working in China:

Professor Stijn van der Veen,

Professor of Microbiology at Zhejiang University

Most of China’s top Universities are continuously recruiting new high-quality faculty members and postdoctoral researchers and provide good start-up packages and financial support. To me, this was very attractive and sounded like an excellent career opportunity to start and develop my independent research group.


Professor Zuoqin Wang,

Professor of Mathematics at the University of Science and Technology of China

The USTC is one of the best universities in China and has extremely motivated and dedicated students. And the students don’t have the same distractions here in Hefei that they might have in Beijing, for example, so they spend more time working! I only teach for about four hours a week at present, excluding the preparation, but I dedicate at least twenty hours to my own research projects.


[1] 'The World in 2050' full report

[2] Full results of QS Asia University Rankings 2021

[3] China’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research environment

[4] UK Research and Innovation: Research Landscape in China