University of Science and Technology of China introduces the first doctoral degree in Quantum Science in China
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University of Science and Technology of China introduces the first doctoral degree in Quantum Science in China

The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) has announced that it has been authorized to award doctoral degrees in the fields of quantum technology and science, thereby launching the country’s first doctoral program in this field.

Located in Hefei, capital of eastern Anhui province, USTC will “accelerate cultivating leading talent” in quantum science and technology, while contributing to the country’s goal of being “at the forefront of the world” in this field, according to a statement released by the university.

The first doctoral degree in Quantum Science in China aims to promote the development of disciplines related to technology and quantum science, as well as to raise the quality and quantity of innovators in this frontier sector, specified the university institute in Hefei, capital of the Chinese eastern province of Anhui.

USTC’s new academic program reflects the government’s focus on increasing the number of quantum researchers in the country, years after it designated Hefei as site of the National Laboratory for Quantum Information Science, touted as the world’s largest quantum technology research facility. In 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping met some of the country’s top quantum physicists to tell them that the facility forms part of the national strategy, as the world undergoes “the biggest change in a century”.

Quantum technology and science have made giant strides in recent years in terms of development and have become the new frontier of science and technology, as well as industrial transformation.

The USTC has been conducting quantum information science studies since the early 1990s and has established relevant research centers, offering support for the cultivation of talent.

In recent years, China has achieved a number of advances in quantum technology, including the world’s first quantum satellite, a 2,000km quantum communication line between Beijing and Shanghai, and the world’s first prototype of quantum optical computation.

Hefei, China’s quantum technology hub, is home to more than 20 quantum technology companies and in 2020 achieved a production value of approximately 430 million yuan (approximately $ 67.3 million): launching the first doctoral degree in Quantum Science in China, Hefei once again proves to be the capital of quantum sciences in China.

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