China has accelerated the pace of quantum research and the cultivation of talent in this cutting-edge science, with the launch of the new quantum information program at Tsinghua University as the latest example.
At the end of May, Tsinghua announced the establishment of the Quantum Information Program, led by Turing Prize winner Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, as the head professor. This is the third talent training program initiated at Tsinghua by the famous computer scientist, after his experimental computer program and his artificial intelligence program.
It will offer courses on a range of subjects, including quantum computing, quantum communication and cryptography, computers and mathematics with applications. The program plans to recruit 20 undergraduate students this year.
Yao said the classes would focus on basic research, the integration of multiple disciplines and technologies, as well as theoretical and practical studies.
Quantum science and technology has developed in leaps and bounds in recent years and has become the new frontier of science and technology and industrial transformation.
Since 2016, many countries, including China and international organizations, have launched plans to foster the development of quantum science. Tech giants at home and abroad have set up laboratories to support the research and application of quantum technology.
In recent years, Chinese scientists have achieved a series of breakthroughs in this field, including multiphoton entanglement and interferometry technology, the world’s first quantum satellite, a 2,000-kilometer quantum communication line between Beijing and Shanghai, and the world’s first prototype optical quantum computing machine. .
“Quantum information has become the key to international competition in science and technology. However, there is a talent shortage and an urgent need for quantum scientists with interdisciplinary backgrounds, ”says Yao.
In the new era of quantum information technology, there is a need to plan whether for national strategic needs or the development of scientific research and industrial development, Yao adds.