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A Vision for China Studies   

Fundamental changes have taken place in China over the last three decades. Since the late 1970s, China’s market reforms have made a tremendous impact on the political, economic, and social interactions across the Taiwan Strait under the pressures of globalization. These changes necessitate a new outlook toward China, and therefore call for a paradigm shift of China studies in Taiwan-from a policy-oriented national security approach to a broader regional studies based on social science theories. China studies, thus, pose serious challenges to our scientific community in the new century. In view of the developments, the university envisions a major shift in the field and aims to play a pivotal role in creating leading research projects and updating curriculums. The Center for Contemporary China was formally established in the spring of 2003 under the enthusiastic support of President Frank Shu and the Research and Development Office. This year, the center is boosted by the school’s generous support in grants under the leadership of President Chen Wen-Tsuen. As an inter-university research hub, the CfCC has recruited an echelon of highly trained young scholars in the field and is organizing an international advisory board. The university has also established a master program of China studies with a brand new curriculum in cooperation with Academia Sinica. Above all, our vision is to encourage research and teaching excellence, to enhance the visibility of Taiwan’s China studies, and to facilitate international scholarly exchanges.


Our Goals and Research Focus

The CfCC has two general goals. First of all, through the integration of research and teaching, it will serve as a leading institution for the training of a new generation of China experts as well as for international scholarly exchanges. Secondly, it will initiate joint research programs by bringing together eminent scholars from Taiwan and from the world. In the coming years, we plan to improve the research facilities and library collections with a view to Taiwan’s advantage in the paradigm shift of China studies. We have set four issues as our research focus:

. Political, economic and legal analyses of the geographical restructuring ofhigh-technology industries across the Strait;

.Cross-strait relations under globalization, particularly within the institutional context of WTO;

.China’s transition to a market economy and the analysis of emerging social forces;

.Post-socialist market transition-comparison of China and other nations.