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China in need of nuclear scientists

CHINA is in great need of young nuclear scientists, a nuclear physicist said yesterday at the CPPCC meeting.

Zhu Zhiyuan, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Shanghai Branch, said China must step up efforts to attract and cultivate more young nuclear talents, in order to meet the demand of the country's future development.

China, realizing the huge potential of nuclear power as a "clean energy," has already strengthened nuclear science education in recent years, said Zhu.

However, these efforts could not at once make up for the lack of nuclear specialist education in the country caused by more than a decade of insufficient attention toward the field.

"Many young people at the time were simply afraid of nuclear technologies, while others assumed nuclear power was unpromising," Zhu said.

Even now, few students enrolled in nuclear physics departments of universities chose the field as their top choice, Zhu said.


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