For the first time ever, all the members of China's elite Politburo Standing Committee, the highest tier within the Communist Party, are card-carrying engineers. Although the country's push toward science and technology development began well before the current group came to power, it's safe to say the Politburo will continue down the same road. The nine members are:
Hu Jintao, 62, president of the People's Republic of China, graduate of Tsinghua University, Beijing, department of water conservancy engineering.
Huang Ju, 66, graduate of Tsinghua University, department of electrical engineering.
Jia Qinglin, 65, graduate of Hebei Engineering College, department of electric power.
Li Changchun, 61, graduate of Harbin Institute of Technology, department of electric machinery.
Luo Gan, 69, graduate of Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Germany.
Wen Jiabao, 62, premier of State Council, graduate of Beijing Institute of Geology, department of geology and minerals.
Wu Bangguo, 63, graduate of Tsinghua University, department of radio engineering.
Wu Guanzheng, 66, graduate of Tsinghua University, power department.
Zeng Qinghong, 65, graduate of Beijing Institute of Technology, automatic control department.