Welcome from the Head of School
The School of Contemporary Chinese Studies was founded by The University of Nottingham in 2007 as a leading centre for the study and research of issues surrounding contemporary China. It is multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary in orientation and is an integral part of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
It has two basic missions. The first is to educate and train to the highest standard new generations of graduates in at least one of the social sciences disciplines with a very good command of the Chinese language (Mandarin) and an ability to understand culture, history, society and norms in China so they can work with Chinese people or work in the Chinese speaking world comfortably and effectively.
The second is to promote and disseminate cutting edge research on the contemporary Chinese speaking world, by supporting research by staff members, the outreach programmes of the China Policy Institute, international collaboration in research, a visiting scholars programme, and a vigorous PhD programme on contemporary China that is second to none in the European Union.
Since its foundation, the school has grown immensely and is now home to the largest congregation of undergraduate and postgraduate students studying contemporary China in the EU, as well as the largest gathering of scholars who work on the social sciences, history and culture of the contemporary Chinese speaking world.
Academic staff are drawn not only from the UK, but also from Australia, China, Germany, Israel, Taiwan, and the United States of America. In terms of the student body, the majority of the undergraduates are 'Home/EU students' whereas the postgraduate taught programme has a majority of overseas students. The PhD community of about 30 students is drawn from many nationalities, with many receiving a scholarship or a bursary from one of the research councils or from University/school resources.
Thanks to the generosity of the Si Yuan Foundation (Hong Kong) and strong support of the University, the school moved to a purpose built state of the art teaching and research building, the Si Yuan Centre, in late 2012. Members of the school enjoy a congenial, well-resourced, efficiently run working and study environment, set by the lakeside of the Jubilee Campus.
The China Policy Institute (CPI) was founded by the University in 2003 as an independent think tank at the University, four years before the school itself was inaugurated. It is now an integral part of the school. As such, the CPI is the principal research arm of the school, with a mission to deliver impact on academic research conducted by the scholarly community at the school and the wider CPI network.
By working closely together, the CPI's regular interaction with policy makers, opinion leaders and other practitioners ensures the school is constantly kept up to date with latest developments and the wider world's interest in China. The CPI blog is now one of the most important and widely read analytical blogs in English on developments in Greater China.
The CPI's outreach programmes enable academic staff to incorporate the latest knowledge and interest in China with their teaching whilst providing opportunities for students to interact with non-academic China specialists who are regularly invited to speak at events hosted by the CPI.
The school also collaborates closely with the Nottingham Confucius Institute, which is located at the Si Yuan Centre. While the academic programmes of the school and the mission of the Confucius Institute are distinct and separate, the two cooperate closely together in the promotion of the understanding of China and Chinese culture, mostly outside of academia.
Professor Steve Tsang
Head of School and Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies