Nobel laureates Bernard L. Feringa was granted Chinese “green cards", May 3, 2018

FIVE foreign experts — one of them, Dutch chemist Bernard Lucas Feringa, 66, also the Nobel laureate, were granted permanent residence cards yesterday.

Giving the residence cards, also known as Chinese green cards, to top foreign professionals is part and parcel of Shanghai’s determination to bring in the brightest and the best to drive the city’s development.

Since January, the Ministry of Public Security and the city government have jointly run a program called Juying, or elite gathering, to pilot new exit and entry policies to attract more foreign professionals.

This year, the policies include helping foreigners who are core members in leading research teams to apply for permanent residence, allowing experts brought to the city as researchers to also be allowed to be involved in innovation and entrepreneurship projects, and helping outstanding foreign graduates to seek either long-term or permanent residence in Shanghai.

Feringa, who is a guest professor at the city’s East China University of Science and Technology, is delighted with his new residency status.

“I have a special professorship at the East China University of Science and Technology, and we established a Feringa Nobel Prize Winner Scientists Joint Research Center. That means I have to go often to China and stay here more frequently.”

Permanent residency “makes it so easy and convenient to come to China, to work here, to live here. I think it’s really important because you do science, you have to be there to discuss with the students. So I’m extremely grateful to the Shanghai government and Chinese people that I get this permanent card because it makes it really helpful to build a strong program here.”

“Now it’s much easier with this card that I can spend more time in China and work together with the people” at the university in Shanghai, said Feringa, who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

“We will build a bigger institute in the coming years. So I might stay here longer, maybe for several weeks or maybe for months in the future.”

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