China is ramping up efforts to nurture exceptional young research talent ready to contribute to the country's socioeconomic development. Through a program launched by the China Association for Science and Technology, outstanding middle school students are given the opportunity to conduct hands-on research alongside top scientists. CGTN's Huang Yichang spoke to one promising teen to learn more about the program.
"During junior high school, I had a strong interest in chemistry. At that time, I liked to play an app called the container, just putting some bottles together and making them react. That's fascinating to me. Since that time, I wish that it could really come to me that one day I could go to a real laboratory."
A program geared toward cultivating talent has helped this young boy achieve his dreams sooner than he ever imagined.
Gifted youth in China like Zhaoran have access to additional programs outside standard high school subjects to do research with noted scientists and researchers from universities across the country.
ZHOU XINGPING Professor, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Fine Chemicals, Huazhong University of Science and Technology "Together with those high school students, our university research team collaborates on scientific research and participates in academic activities together. This serves to cultivate top-tier talent for universities. By conducting high-level and meaningful research, we aim to enhance their innovation abilities."
Having participated in the scheme for a semester, Zhaoran has developed a deep fascination for the holographic printing technique that Professor Zhou and his team have dedicated themselves to.
CHEN ZHAORAN Student, Wuhan Foreign Language School "That's really to my appetite, it's a great opportunity to allow me to learn and understand those cutting-edge knowledge and methods related to chemistry and further strengthen my determination for my scientific research."
The program has been in place in China for the past ten years. Wang Yuxuan, currently pursuing his PhD in optoelectronics, took part in 2016.
WANG YUXUAN PhD Student, Huazhong University of Science and Technology "I aim to develop cutting edge instruments and actively promote their clinical use, addressing the bottleneck issues of China's medical equipment industry."
Innovation remains at the heart of Chinese modernization, and education is key.
HUANG YICHANG Wuhan "Gifted students are provided with a range of opportunities to advance scientifically and gain invaluable experience and they have the potential to make significant contributions in the field of science."
WANG XIANYU Vice President, Hubei Association for Science and Technology "In the past decades, the government has introduced a series of education reform measures and policies, enabling more and more young talents to receive high-quality education and training, this has reserved more high-quality talent for future development."
"I am going to do something like being a scientist, to use my innovative ideas to make my motherland better and better in those scientific fields."
For tens of thousands of gifted adolescents like Zhaoran, the exciting world of future technology awaits, ready for them to explore and discover its wonder. Huang Yichang, CGTN, Wuhan, Hubei Province.