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Universities See Talent 'Bonanza' from China's Crackdown on Tech


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Academia provides greater freedom to carry out research that's been narrowed at many companies.

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Universities in China and elsewhere are unexpectedly benefiting from China's crackdown on technology companies in recent months, with some top-level artificial intelligence (AI) and other high-end tech talent returning to academia. The regulatory crackdown on its previously untouchable tech giants has led to a steady drain of top talent returning to academic posts.

Many had left academia, including prestigious jobs at overseas universities, to join the vibrant Chinese tech sector in the past decade. One academic in Shanghai specializing in computer science described the current situation as a "bonanza for universities."

Chinese universities are "funded tremendously by the central government to do digital innovation research," which could offer academics "a cushy appointment with senior-level professorial titles, their own research lab, a team, a fairly decent salary, and allow them to consult with private industry," says Rogier Creemers, assistant professor in modern Chinese studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

From University World News
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