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The National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS), an international Centre of Excellence funded by the Higher Education Funding Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, incorporates the departments of East Asian Studies and other scholars at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield under the umbrella of the White Rose East Asia Centre and the White Rose university consortium.

For over forty 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 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. It brings together researchers organised in four research clusters to address the major social, cultural, political and economic issues facing modern East Asia.

The Institute provides a lively and stimulating home for taught Masters students pursuing one- or two-year programmes, 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 enter the public or private sector. Close ties with users in the world of business, commerce and diplomacy ensure our programmes are relevant both inside and outside of academia. Unrivalled access to the region is available to both staff and students through the Institute's links with sister universities in China.

The Institute currently is a lead partner in the China in the World Summer School series, which has been held in Nanjing (2006), Leeds (2007) and Bristol (2008), and will be held in Oslo in 2009, and which has already provide more than 100 PhD students in Chinese Studies with fruitful and fascinating training.

The Institute also hosts the secretariat of the Worldwide Universities Network's Contemporary China Center, which incorporates up to 10 sites across the World in 16 annual virtual seminars, allowing our Postgraduates to be part of one of the most advanced China Studies research communities. WUN CCC is also partner in organising prestigious conferences, and in setting international agendas for research and research training in Chinese Studies.

Professor Flemming Christiansen
Director, National Institute of Chinese Studies


© White Rose East Asia Centre 2008.