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Living in China: Foreign expert numbers on the rise in Shanghai

Some 81,000 foreign experts were working in Shanghai at the end of 2011 – a third more than in 2005, the local labor authority said recently […]

Some 81,000 foreign experts were working in Shanghai at the end of 2011 – a third more than in 2005, the local labor authority said recently.

Shanghai has more foreign experts – overseas professionals recognized by a government certificate – than any other city in China, said the local human resources and social security bureau.

Indeed, one in six of foreign experts in China are based in Shanghai.

Certified foreign experts mostly work in cultural, educational and research sectors. This category does not include other foreigners legally hired to work locally on work permits.

At the end of 2010, some 210,000 foreign nationals were living in Shanghai, according to the latest population census. Over the past five years, 370,000 foreign expert employment contacts were established or renewed, officials said.

Meanwhile, the city is attracting growing numbers of Chinese graduating from overseas institutes and returning to China to begin their careers.

The bureau said that there are currently about 95,000 returned Chinese being employed or running their own businesses in Shanghai – up by more than 30,000 from 2005: Chinese graduates from overseas schools have set up 4,400 companies in Shanghai with investment of US$620 million.

The city is also aiming to attract 1,000 more senior professionals from foreign countries over the next five years: incentives will include supporting the opening of more international schools in Shanghai, lowering tuition for children of foreign professionals and cutting visa red tape, officials said.

The government also plans to develop more hospitals accredited by foreign insurers so foreigners working in Shanghai can have local medical bills covered by insurance policies bought overseas

via Foreign expert numbers soaring — Shanghai Daily | English Window to China New.

By Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

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