Scientist Alleges Fraud in China’s “Thousand Talent” Foreign Expert Program

SciencePhysicist Ulf Leonhardt made headlines when he published a theoretical framework for an invisibility cloak. Not long afterwards, he was recruited by the Centre for Optical and Electronic Research (COER) at South China University, at a salary of RMB 133,333 ($21,762) per month — three times his tenured position at the University of St.  Andrews.

COER helped him apply to a Chinese government grant program for attracting foreign talent, the Recruitment Program of Foreign Experts. But Leonhardt later came to suspect that much of the grant money was being diverted to other uses. “The fraud they committed was so brazen,” charges Leonhardt. Continue reading “Scientist Alleges Fraud in China’s “Thousand Talent” Foreign Expert Program”