Published online 28 January 2009 | Nature 457, 522 (2009) | doi:10.1038/457522a
Corrected online: 29 January 2009
“The details of how the scheme will be operated will be important," says Rao Yi, dean of the life-sciences school at Peking University. Rao warns that the selection process should focus on a candidate's potential as well as his or her past academic record. "Some assistant or associate professors may have more potential than full professors," says Wei Jia, a biochemist at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. "This should be dealt with on an individual basis." The widely differing criteria for professorship between universities and countries should also be a factor.
the resentment of their domestic peers should not be ignored, say critics. "It is important that researchers recruited to China at a junior stage should be able to compete for the same level of support," says Rao. "There should be a matching talent scheme for domestic scientists."