Over 70% of professional, technical personnel in Tibet from ethnic minorities


    According to a notice recently released by the Tibet Science and Technology Department, at the end of 2008 Tibet had 44,000 professional technicians of various kinds, over 70 percent of which were from ethnic minority groups.

    Reporters learned that China successively held two conferences and one experience-exchanging conference on supporting Tibet in science and technology in 1996, 2005 and 2007. The Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the State Intellectual Property Office of China, and nationwide local science and technology departments have been selecting and sending cadres to support Tibet's scientific and technological work and help Tibet to cultivate scientific and technological personnel as the focus of their scientific and technological aid to Tibet. They have adopted various training forms, such as organizing training classes, working while studying, and training through projects, to cultivate scientific and technological management cadres and professional technicians for Tibet.

    Reporters also learned that after several decades of development, Tibet now has 33 state-owned research institutions of various types, 10 private research institutions, and 140 institutions for the popularization of agricultural and animal husbandry technologies at autonomous region, district (city) and county levels.

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