Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 11:25AM
Drew Wolfe

China Expands Research Funding, Luring U.S. Scientists And Students

"In 2003, Jay Siegel was up for a new challenge. Siegel was a tenured professor of chemistry at the University of California, San Diego, but he took a job at the University of Zurich."

"'When I first moved, people said, 'Oh, you're crazy to leave San Diego; it's a paradise. Why would you go to Europe? Blah, blah blah,' "recalls Siegel. "And after 10 years people were saying, 'Oh, man, that was the smartest thing you ever did. Zurich is wonderful.' "

"Then he told his friends he was moving to China. 'And again, people said 'What? Are you crazy?' ' Siegel says. But he thinks they'll soon realize he again made the smart choice."

"In the past decade or so, China has been expanding its commitment to scientific research, and it shows. Chinese researchers now produce more scientific publications than U.S. scientists do, and the global ratings of Chinese universities are rising."

"Five years ago Siegel became dean of the school of pharmaceutical science and technology at Tianjin University. He says the university president recruited him to build an undergraduate program that would attract students from all over — not just China. Siegel says the program is taught entirely in English."


Article originally appeared on WorldWideWolfe II (
See website for complete article licensing information.