“Foreign Talents in Shanghai ”Salon Opening Ceremony 2021 Held

International salons are held to build a platform for talent exchanges, in an effort to implement the strategic idea of General Secretary Xi Jinping of “assembling the best minds across the land and drawing fully on their expertise”, celebrate the spirit of Shanghai, “pleasing talents at home and attracting talents abroad”, as advocated by the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee and the Shanghai Municipal Government, and strive to create a strong atmosphere where “everyone contributes to building the soft power of Shanghai”. On the afternoon of November 12, the “Foreign Talents in Shanghai Salon” Opening Ceremony 2021 was successfully held at No. 1634 Middle Huaihai Road, Xuhui District. The event was guided by the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality (Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs), and organized by The Administrative Center of Shanghai R&D Public Service Platforms (Shanghai Service Center for Foreigners Working in China). With the theme “Love Shanghai for Shared Future”, the autumn feast to the mind gathered more than 30 foreign experts in Shanghai from more than a dozen countries.


The event is a gathering that bonds talents from home and abroad. The foreign experts invited include the winners of the Friendship Award from the Chinese government and the Magnolia Award over the years, experts and scholars from colleges and universities, management talents from multinational corporations, and young talents from different industries. Also present was Zhang Quan, Director General of the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality and Director General of the Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, who delivered a speech, and Huang Hong, Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality and Deputy Director of the Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. In his speech, Zhang Quan emphasized that one major purpose of holding the salon was to build a platform for interaction and exchange that give birth to friendship, integration and innovation. It was expected to break the barriers between disciplines and fields, giving way to cooperation opportunities. The STCSM (SAFEA) would also continue to offer quality, efficient and convenient services for foreign talents, imbuing the city with more “magic” and charm. It would be a pleasant environment for business, living, learning, and traveling, where everyone could find their own place and experience an idyllic lifestyle. 


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Address by Zhang Quan, Director General of the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality and Director General of the Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs


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Foreign experts at the salon


Vice President and Distinguished Professor Zhang Chengqi of the University of Technology Sydney, and Dimitri Lavillette, a researcher at the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and winner of the 2020 Magnolia Memorial Award, gave keynote speeches on artificial intelligence and virus prevention, and had a lively discussion with the guests. Accompanied by the elegant Chinese classical music, the tea ceremony was performed, allowing foreign experts who usually drink coffee and teabags an in-depth understanding of the different types, brewing methods and effect of Chinese tea, and exposing them to the unique charm of Chinese tea. The official debut of the mascot “Shanghai Magic” brought the event to its climax.


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Keynote Speeches & Tea Ceremony


We will continue to hold the “Foreign Talents in Shanghai Salon”, diversifying its content and form to build an international circle of talents. We will continuously create offline comprehensive service windows and international salons for foreign experts. The O2O service platform of “Foreign Talents in Shanghai”, including official WeChat account, official website, and dedicated consulting services, is a strong magnet attracting an increasing number of outstanding talents at home and abroad to jointly build Shanghai into a major center for talent and innovation, and create a legend of mutual promotion between talents and the city.


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Mascot for Salon“Shanghai Magic”, and LOGO of “Foreign Talents in Shanghai” unveiled


At the opening ceremony, the exclusive logo of the service brand “Foreign Talents in Shanghai” and the mascot “Shanghai Magic” were officially released. On the outer circle of the circular logo is the official English, “FOREIGN TALENTS IN SHANGHAI”, implying all-round service and companionship. The image of a handshake in the middle of the logo represents international exchanges and cooperation. The image of four letters, FTSH, stands for the white mansion, the venue of the salon, at No. 1634 Middle Huaihai Road, as well as a home for foreign talents. When the logo is rotated 180 degrees, the handshake becomes an arch that signifies a bridge of friendship between China and foreign countries and FTSH is transformed into a prototype of Shanghai’s iconic landmarks—Waibaidu Bridge plus Huangpu River. The logo demonstrates the heritage of Shanghai as a modern socialist international metropolis and its inclusiveness. Inspired by the nickname of Shanghai, the “Magic City”, the mascot is a divine bird that resembles a rooster. Both images are symbols of fortune in Chinese folklore, and bring good luck and joy to everyone in the exchange activities.


市级外国人来华工作许可窗口:

Municipal-level windows for foreigner’s work permit in China

中山西路1525号一楼(1—4号窗口 上海市科技政务服务中心);民生路1500号三楼(17—19号窗口 市级来华工作、居留"单一窗口")。

F/1, 1525 West Zhongshan Road (Windows 1-4, Shanghai Science & Technology Administrative Service Center); F/3, 1500 Minsheng Road (Windows 17-19, municipal-level Single Window for Foreigners’ Work Permit and Residence Permit).


上海市科技114咨询电话:

Service Hotline:

400-820-5114转9 外国人来华工作许可咨询专线(中英双语)

400-820-5114 ext. 9 Service Hotline for Foreigner’s Work Permit in China (Bilingual, in Chinese and English)


外国人来华工作许可的相关政策、办事指南及部分表格和承诺书样张,请参阅“外国人才在上海”官方网址:www.sgst.cn/foreign

For policies, guides, and some sample forms and commitments for Foreigner’s Work Permit in China, please refer to the official website of “Foreign Talents in Shanghai”: www.sgst.cn/foreign


微信服务号:外国人才在上海

WeChat Official Accounts:ForeignTalentsInSH


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