n early June, China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Ministry of Finance issued a document on financially supporting and recruiting 34,000 university and college graduates to work in rural areas.
The project aims to send more young professionals to grassroots rural departments for rural revitalization, where work will focus on agriculture, education, healthcare and poverty alleviation, known as the “three supports and one assistance.” The 2022 government allowance is different according to region, ranging from 12,000 yuan (US$1,846) annually each in eastern regions to 30,000 yuan (US$4,615) annually each in poorer western regions.
The recruitment is tilted toward key areas for poverty alleviation and arduous remote or border areas. Graduates from families who were impoverished or unemployed and those that have already received standard medical training will be prioritized.
China has implemented the “three supports and one assistance” project for 15 years, with 431,000 graduates deployed to rural areas for two-year rotations. Those who complete their full term will have a chance to work at a higher-level government department or a government-backed institution.