副主席：孙 凯 牟海津 吴松华 何 艮 林霄沛 赵 玮 梁丙臣
Western Returned Scholars Association
(Overseas-educated Scholars Association of China)
A Brief Introduction
Established in 1913, Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA) is a national association of returned Chinese students from overseas under the leadership of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and the guidance of the United-Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee. Since 2003, it is also called Overseas-educated Scholars Association of China.
WRSA was established in Beijing in October 1913 when the Republic of China was founded in the 1911 Revolution. Its founders and early members included such distinguished scholars who returned to China from overseas as Vi Kyuin Koo, Zhou Yichun, Jeme Tien-Yow and Cai Yuanpei.
Committed to patriotism, WRSA organized patriotic and democratic movements and devoted itself to the cause of national salvation and people’s liberation since its inception.
Since the People’s Republic was founded in 1949, WRSA was an active player under the leadership of the CPC and government in major movements, making donations to the war to resist U.S. aggression and aid Korea, assisting Chinese scholars overseas in overcoming difficulties and coming back to China, and contributing to socialist construction in China.
In 1982, WRSA resumed its operation. In the era of Reform and Opening-up, WRSA played out its strengths by launching the Dedicators Project, organizing service missions of returned Chinese scholars, and serving local economic and social development, contributing to China’s reform, opening up and modernization.
In the new century, WRSA acquired a new title—Overseas-educated Scholars Association of China to meet the requirements of the CPC leadership that it should“become a bridge between the Party and overseas students and scholars, an assistant in the work of the Party and government towards them, and a warm home.” It has intensified its efforts in ideological, organizational, cultural and membership building. Leveraging its human and intellectual resources, it has established bases for overseas scholars to make contribution to China and provided a large number of ideas and proposals for the CPC and government. It has provided good services to high-level Chinese talents overseas and become increasingly influential.
The Chinese leadership always paid close attention to overseas Chinese students and WRSA. Chairman Mao delivered a highly influential speech in the Moscow State University in 1950s in which he pinned his hopes on young Chinese students for China’s future. Premier Zhou Enlai attended many WRSA events. In 1987, Deng Xiaoping inscribed the name of WRSA Journal.In 1993, President Jiang Zemin attended the ceremony to commemorate the 80th anniversary of WRSA and delivered the keynote speech. In 2003, President Hu Jintao attended the ceremony to commemorate the 90th anniversary of WRSA and delivered the keynote speech.
Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the Chinese leadership led by President Xi Jinping is committed to thegrowth of WRSA.In 2013, President Xi Jinping attended the ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WRSA and delivered the keynote speech. His speech offered guidelines for WRSA to play out its role in the future. In August 2016, the General Office of the CPC Central Committee issued the guidelines on the building of Western Returned Scholars Association (Overseas-educated Scholars Association of China), which further clarified its direction in the new era.
In recent years, WRSA has been working hard to follow through with what President Xi said in his 100th anniversary speech by turning itself into a talent pool in the service of the country, a think tank of good ideas and proposals and a vital force in people-to-people diplomacy. WRSA has become more appealing, coherent and influential. It has become more aware of its mission, reached out to more people, and played a leading role in more areas, making contribution to idea guidance, organizational building, human resources development, innovation, entrepreneurship and international exchanges.
Western Returned Scholars Association (Overseas-educated Scholars Association of China) has 42 local organizations, 2 institutional members, 15 national chapters. It has more than 220,000 individual members, including 125 standing directors, 287 directors and 35 overseas directors.It has seven working committees (publicity, liaison, organization, consulting, member events, social services and institutional members) and seven professional committees (MBA, businesspeople, entrepreneurs, hotel industry, artists, doctors, and finance). It keeps close contact with more than 100 associations of Chinese scholars overseas in major destination countries for Chinese students.