Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province, has recently issued a revised edition of the catalogue of high-caliber talents, adding 88 new evaluation criteria. This is the second revision since the catalogue was first published in 2015, and it is undoubtedly another vigorous measure by Hangzhou to attract capable people.
The revised edition is more market-oriented, incorporating yearly salary and writers' royalties into the criteria. Talents working in fields closely related to people's livelihood such as education and healthcare are given more importance. Compared with previous evaluation systems which were based on degrees, professional titles and academic papers, the current catalogue puts more emphasis on ability, performance and contribution.
The new catalogue will enable more people to enjoy preferential treatment in housing, healthcare and children's education. It will encourage local talents to stay, while attracting more outsiders.
Talents are key to a city's development. A city's development requires a diversified talent pool. The future competition between cities will be a competition for talents. This is why cities in China are vying for talented people. However, just the number of talented people is not the most important thing. A reasonable talent structure under which all kinds of talents are sufficiently utilized is of higher value.
(This is an edited excerpt of an article originally published in Qianjiang Evening News on August 13)