SAFEA delegation visits Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany

Updated: 2017-12-27

Zhang Jianguo, deputy minister of human resources and social security and administrator of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), led a delegation to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) in Munich, Germany, on Dec 11. The delegation held talks with the association's president, Professor Alexander Kurtz.

SAFEA delegation visits Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany

SAFEA delegation visits the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) in Munich, Germany, on Dec 11.[photo/safea.gov.cn]

Zhang briefly introduced the development history and functions of SAFEA and the China Association of International Talents Exchanges, focusing on the work permit system for foreigners coming to China and the work on "talent visas" being spearheaded by SAFEA.

SAFEA delegation visits Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany

Zhang Jianguo (right) and Professor Kurtz (left) at the meeting.[photo/safea.gov.cn]

Every year, more than 30,000 German experts work in China's automobile manufacturing, high-speed rail, electronics, agriculture and chemical industries and enjoy good reputations. Zhang emphasized that China has a stable society and a huge potential market. The government attaches great importance to the protection of intellectual property rights and the legitimate rights and interests of foreign experts. Sino-German relations are the best in history, and China and FhG will strengthen exchanges of technology and personnel in the future.

He also mentioned the cooperation between SAFEA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in hosting a number of Sino-US Engineering seminars in the hope of seeking similar cooperation with the FhG in the future. Zhang said that SAFEA is willing to support experts in coming to China for visas and work permits, exchange of project funds and expansion of cooperation with Chinese scientific research institutions, and invited FhG to visit SAFEA.

Professor Kurtz thanked Zhang for his kind invitation. He briefed him on the FhG’s setup, sources of funding, scope of business and current cooperation with China, saying that the FhG attaches great importance to its cooperation with SAFEA.

The memorandum of understanding previously negotiated by the parties is being reviewed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and will be signed and implemented as soon as possible after approval. China and Germany will actively promote cooperation and exchange in applied research.

The FhG, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is that country and Europe's largest research institute for applied science. Founded on March 26, 1949 by the German scientist, inventor and entrepreneur Joseph von Fraunhofer, the FhG has 69 research institutes in Germany and currently employs about 24,500 people. Professor Kurtz is one of four key members of its leadership body, and is in charge of personnel, legal and technical applications.

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