Highlights in 2017 OCS: Big Data Debut and 3 Concepts of Transformation Activate Innovations

January 04 17:28 2018

2017 Convention on Exchange of Overseas Talents and the 19th Guangzhou Convention of Overseas Chinese Scholars in Science and Technology (OCS) was concluded recently. More than 3500 overseas talents participated in the two-day convention, who are from USA, Canada, Britain, Australia, CIS, etc. 63% talents among participants have got Ph.D., and 70% among them intend to start their career life in China, who have brought over 2000 scientific research projects to exchange in the convention. Moreover, more than 10 domestic and foreign famous experts and academicians attended the convention to exchange ideas.

Forefront forums: gathered global elites in multi-fields

17 summits, forums and promotion activities were organized in OCS this year, which covered hot topics such as macro economy, current affairs and politics, entrepreneurship and innovation, “Internet plus”, people’s livelihood, etc. These activities also focused on areas like mass entrepreneurship and innovation, China’s reform of the supply front, innovation drives, frontier science and technology of “The Belt and Road” Initiative, advanced manufacture, emerging industry, etc. Foreign high-level experts from Europe, America, Japan and countries participating in “The Belt and Road” initiative came to GZ and exchanged ideas in the convention. These distinguished guests are Chen Yun, academician of The Academy of Europe, Shen Baogen and Chen Hesheng, academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other guests are from organizations such as The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, WorldSkills International, IBI in Silicon Valley, and Commonwealth of Independent States.

Big data showed the exceptional job fairs in OSC

Aiming at different levels and different groups of overseas talents, the convention organized job fairs according to talents’ areas, majors and development directions, which were “video job fair”, “overseas talent job fair” and “high-skilled talent job fair”. The number of enterprises participated in job fairs of OCS was up to 354, which contained 50 enterprises listed among Global 500, including Alibaba Corporation, Citibank, Foxconn, JD.com, China Railway Construction Corporation, etc. Over 10,000 posts were offered in job fairs in total, covering various industries, such as energy, biology, medicine, IT, finance, automobile, AI, etc., and enterprises received more than 2000 CV from overseas talents. In term of the video job fair, parallel sessions of Singapore and Japan were set up, which attracted nearly 110 overseas high-level talents, 75% of whom had got Ph.D. The percentage of person-post matching is above 85%. The number of interview applications on the official website for job fairs was about 33,000 through PC and mobile phone and the total visits through these two accesses exceeded 130,000.


To better show the international influence of 2017 OCS which is the national platform for entrepreneurship and innovation of overseas talents, job168.com of South China Market of Human Resources had developed the big data analysis system to offer data support to 2017 OCS, which official debuted in OCS. This system collected, calculated and analyzed each data of each job fair in the convention to directly show the supply-and-demand situation of overseas talents, high-skilled talents and graduating students, moreover, the system will analyze all information deeply to provide a basis for effect appraisal and trend prediction.

The upgrade of innovation: the brilliant exhibitions for frontier technologies

The convention this year set up two venues for exhibitions. The total areas of exhibitions were increased to 50,000 square meters from 25,000 square meters last year. The exhibitions contained fields such as new generation of information technology, new material, high-end equipment manufacturing, biological medicine.

The exhibition venue about research achievements of “The Recruitment Program for Innovative Talents” fully showed more than 300 frontier technology programs of experts in “The Recruitment Program”, such as the world’s first quantum communication satellite Micius, the world’s first smart flying car with double bypass rotors, a new generation intelligent face detection on embedded system, series products of flexible electronic, an intelligent robot which can portrait profile, intelligent bionic hands, etc.

3 concepts of transformation activate innovations

Guangzhou city launched “innovative plan” in the convention which contains 10 aspects of policies to attract overseas talents to start-up businesses and bring forth innovation in GZ. “Innovative plan” announces that starting from this year’s OCS, each excellent project of innovation and entrepreneurship selected from “Chunhui cup start-up contest” and “Intelligence and Future overseas start-up contest” could acquire three million government grants for financing and other start-up supports when it is eligible for “innovative plan”.


Compared with the previous conventions, 2017 OCS realized 3 transformations in concepts and methods of holding the convention. The content of convention was transformed from “talent exchanges” to “talent exchanges plus research achievement trades and exchanges”, moreover, the targets of participants were changed from “high-level talents” to “high-level talents plus high-skilled talents”, and the method of holding the convention was shifted from “government leadership” to “government guidance plus enterprises leadership”. In conclusion, 2017 OCS realized paying equal attention to three OCS visions, namely, “attracting Chinese returnees to start-up businesses in China and bring forth new ideas to Chinese development”, “attracting high-level talents to exchange and develop cooperation in China” and “attracting trans-regional exchanges of returned overseas high-level talents”, promoting flows and configurations of global innovation resources to realize interconnection and convergence of domestic demands, international talents, sciences and technologies, capitals and industries.

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