BEIJING, May 25 (Xinhua) – China has accelerated its pace of quantum research and talent cultivation in this frontier science, with the launch of the new quantum information program at Tsinghua University as the most recent example.
Tsinghua on Monday announced the establishment of the quantum information program, led by Turing Prize winner Andrew Chi-Chih Yao as head teacher. It is the third talent training program initiated in Tsinghua by the renowned computer scientist, after his experimental computer science program and his artificial intelligence program.
It will offer courses on a variety of topics, such as quantum computing, quantum communication and cryptography, computer science and mathematics with applications. The program plans to hire 20 freshmen this year.
At the launch, Yao said the courses will focus on basic research, the integration of multiple disciplines and technologies, as well as theoretical and practical studies.
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.
Since 2016, many countries, including China and international organizations, have launched plans to encourage the development of quantum science. Domestic and foreign technical giants have set up laboratories to support research and application of quantum technology.
In recent years, Chinese scientists have achieved a number of advances in this field, including interleaving technology and multi-photon interferometry, the quantum research of the Hall effect, the world’s first quantum satellite, a line of 2,000 km quantum communication between Beijing and Shanghai and the world’s first prototype optical quantum computing machine.
“Quantum information has become key in international science and technology competition. However, there is a lack of talent and an urgent need for quantum scientists with cross-training,” Yao said.
In the new era of quantum information technology, it is necessary to plan whether it is national strategic needs or the development of scientific research and industrial development, Yao added.