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China approves first doctoral degree program in quantum science
Chinese article by 爱集微
English Editor WM Zhang
12-08 15:50

The University of Science and Technology of China(USTC)has been authorized to award doctorates in quantum science and technology, the country's first doctoral program in this field, according to a Xinhua report.

The move is expected to promote the development of quantum science and technology disciplines and increase the quality and quantity of innovators in this frontier sector, said the USTC in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province.

Aerial photo taken in 2020 shows a view of Yunfei Road dubbed as "quantum street" by locals in Hefei, east China's Anhui Province. (Source: Xinhua News)

USTC is the first leading university founded in new China in 1958 by CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) in Beijing and moved to Hefei,Anhui Province in 1970. Recent years see it as one of the most active Chinese universities leading cutting-edge technology research and innovation.  

The USTC has carried out studies on quantum information science since the early 1990s and has established relevant research centers, offering supports for the cultivation of talents.

Quantum science and technology have developed by leaps and bounds in recent years and have become the new frontier of science and technology and industrial transformation.

In recent years, China has achieved a series of breakthroughs in quantum technology, including the world's first quantum satellite, a 2,000-km quantum communication line between Beijing and Shanghai, and the world's first optical quantum computing machine prototype.

Hefei, a hub for China's quantum technology, is home to over 20 quantum technology enterprises and achieved an output value of some 430 million yuan (about 67.3 million U.S. dollars) in 2020.

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