The National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS), an international Centre of Excellence funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, incorporates scholars from East Asian Studies and the Centre for International Business from the University of Leeds, and from the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield under the umbrella of the White Rose East Asia Centre and the White Rose University Consortium.

For almost 50 years the two Universities have been the main national providers of training and supervision in modern Chinese language and area studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The National Institute pools our joint resources and expertise in language provision, and in the social sciences and humanities, in order to create a unified and focused Centre of Excellence for research and postgraduate training on China. In the past few decades, China's rapid development has made it one of the most important and significant areas of study in the modern world. NICS brings together researchers organised in four research clusters to address the major social, cultural, political and economic issues facing modern China.

The National Institute provides a lively and stimulating home for taught Masters students pursuing one-year programmes, PhD and other postgraduate research students, and post-doctoral and advanced researchers. Complementing our long-standing research degree programmes, a range of Masters degrees offers the necessary training in Chinese language and area studies to enable graduates to go on to advanced study or to enter the public or private sector. Close ties with practitioners in the world of business, civil society and government ensure that our programmes are relevant both inside and outside of academia. Unrivalled access to the region is available to both staff and students through the National Institute's links with partner universities in China.

Dr Alison Hardie

Director, National Institute of Chinese Studies