The young leaders driving China’s textile industry
USTER fosters new talent in 10 years of
Progress in China’s textile industry is increasingly being
driven by a young and dynamic generation of professionals – and
USTER is proud to play a role in fostering the development of
these talented individuals. The close links with Chinese
universities started 10 years ago, and in that period USTER has
developed a scholarship program which now covers eight
universities and has so far involved well over 500 students.
Richard Furter, USTER’s former Head of Textile Technology,
started the scholarship initiative and was personally involved
in developing the program through its early years. He was
assisted by Ellen Liu, Head of Textile Technology in China, who
translated these programs. She remembers that students in the
program were immediately impressed by the concept of quality
control and management and the potentiality offered by quality
testing and monitoring instruments.
Scholarship celebration pictures taken at DHU in 2010
typifying many such occasions.
Today, the company is still convinced that the USTER
scholarship program will encourage successive generations of
students to continue the transformation of China’s textile
industry from a traditional sector to a modern global player in
Internships for practical experience
Since 2010, USTER has also been offering internships at its
laboratory in Suzhou, in collaboration with Donghua University.
Each year, two masters degree students are able to gain
experience as testing engineers, working with USTER staff – as
well as having access to latest test technology to help with
their theses. The internships allocate students’ time 50:50
between work in the lab and individual study, all supported by
regular training from USTER Textile Technologists.
Ms Liu also continues the popular and valuable program of
university lectures started in 2007 by the late and
highly-respected USTER expert Richard Furter and continued by
Thomas Nasiou, CEO of Uster Technologies. Both these men spent
time lecturing students at Donghua and Qingdao universities. Mr
Furter initiated the lecture program based on his personal
strong belief that the young professionals will drive the
Chinese textile industry into a well-developed, modern business.
He put a lot of effort in fostering the future
generation. Through a career with USTER spanning 47 years, he
was renowned for his seemingly limitless knowledge. He was even
asked to write an independent textbook, titled ‘Textile
Measuring Technology and Quality Control’ which was officially
acknowledged by China’s textile education authorities and has
been a ‘set book’ for textile students since 2012.
Richard Furter signing for students his textbook, titled
‘Textile Measuring Technology and Quality Control’.
Scholarships at eight
The first USTER scholarships at Donghua University and
Qingdao University started in 2008. Since then, the program has
expanded to include six more establishments which regard the
company as a partner in fulfilling their educational goals:
Tianjin Polytechnic University, Xi’an Polytechnic University,
Jiangnan University, Zhongyuan University of Technology, Nantong
University, and Yancheng Institute of Technology. They
appreciate the specific technical focus of the lectures on
quality management and control, as well as USTER® STATISTICS.
So far, 563 students at different levels (undergraduate,
masters and PHD) have been awarded USTER scholarships.
Successful students must demonstrate high performance – in marks
and engagement – but also involvement in research and university
projects, along with well-developed personal and interactive
Over the years, many USTER scholarship winners have gone on
to work in key textile industry posts, or as university
professors themselves. “My company employed me as testing
engineer when I graduated just because I had learned USTER®
instrument knowledge during my internship. I can say that USTER
knowledge helped me to gain this career opportunity,” says
GuangZhen Guo, who works as a supervisor in CFIB branch in
Fujian province. He studied at Donghua University and had the
chance to take part in a year-long USTER internship program.
Professor Yong Liu was, as a PhD student, a winner of one of the
first USTER scholarships in 2008. Today he holds the positions
of vice-dean of the textile college of Tianjin Polytechnic
University and doctorial supervisor. He says: “I was inspired to
devote myself to the textile industry and contribute to the
development of textile talents as well as to scientific and
technological progress.” This reaction is typical of the
majority of students, who report that their scholarship gave
them the confidence to remain in the textile sector and the
encouragement to anticipate the changes in China.
Students attending an USTER lecture, picture taken at DHU
in 2009 typifying many such occasions.
Belief in the future of textiles
USTER is convinced that younger staff members are the key to
implementing sustainable and successful quality management
concepts in the spinning industry.
The university environment introduces students to modern
methods and attitudes in the textile industry, opening their
minds and giving them the courage to challenge strong
traditions. “There is a trend now for yarn producers to realize
how textile engineers can help to improve the competitive
capabilities of their spinning mills. They seek employees with
university degrees and offer higher salaries,” says Ms Liu.
“Some companies will even promise quick promotion to ensure that
young professionals stay in the job for many years.”
The Chinese government has itself recognized the potential
benefits of increased quality standards, and launched new
initiatives to promote a high quality and brand oriented policy
for manufacturing industries in 2016. Students who are ready to
embrace quality management concepts will provide a good
foundation for this campaign. And Uster Technologies is pleased
to take part in the development of China’s textile industry
through its continuing commitment to supporting the future
textile professionals with its scholarship and internship