China will continue to strengthen preferential policies to attract top foreign talent, encourage more of them to play a leading role at universities, and further simplify work permit procedures, a senior official said.

The latest benefit of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) is to its non-Chinese residents, who can apply for permanent residence in China simply with a letter of recommendation from the FTZ authorities.

A delegation from Brunel University London visited Hebei University of Technology in Tianjin on March 24.

A new work permit system for foreigners in China will be fully launched around the country on April 1.

Lu Ming, deputy administrator of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, met with Wolfgang Reuter, president of the German Vocational Education Federation, on March 22.

A conference discussing high-level foreign talent introduction in universities was held in Beijing on March 15.

Lu Ming met with Sam Lundquist, vice president of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, on March 20.

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