IST appoints first ambassador in China

The Institute of Science and Technology (IST) has appointed its first ever ambassador in China. Cheng Hong (right), who is based at Tongji University, Shanghai, will help to advance the Chinese technical community by spreading the word about the support offered by the IST.

For the first time, technicians in China will have a point of contact in their own country who can help them get involved in the IST’s work to raise the status of technicians. Cheng Hong will be able to advise Chinese technicians on matters such as continuing professional development, access to training, events and networks, and joining a professional register.

Application forms and guidance for anyone wishing to become a Member or Fellow of the IST will be available in Chinese online soon. We are also looking at how we can best support our Chinese colleagues who wish to become Chartered Scientists (CSci), Registered Scientists (RSci) and Registered Science Technicians (RSciTech).

Terry Croft, Chairman of the IST, said: “As the science and technology industries continue to thrive in China, there is a growing demand for skilled, experienced and professionally registered technicians. Building on what we have achieved in the UK and elsewhere, we are committed to supporting the Chinese technical workforce and helping to drive innovation.

“With that in mind, we are absolutely thrilled to have Cheng Hong join our team. As well as being a highly experienced and capable engineer, he has a firm grasp on the issues facing technicians in his country, and will be an important asset to his colleagues around the world.”

Cheng Hong is a mechanical engineer at Tongji University, with expertise in electromechanical integration equipment, mechanical processing technology and manufacturing processes. He is also an experienced trainer, working on projects based around welding, turning, casting, 3D printing and laser cutting.

Technicians in China who would like to find out more about the IST can contact Cheng Hong in the following ways:

Telephone: 86-21-65986970
Post: The Engineering Practice Center of Tongji University, No. 100 Zhangwu Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai City, 20092, P.R. China