“Global China” encapsulates the many different contexts and interactions that China has with the world. It represents China as a major global player in transnational processes and relationships with international institutions. Yet, as an inclusive theme, it also encompasses more conventional topics (business and economic development, politics, ethnicity, social movements, urbanization, etc.) within the field of China Studies, opening up the possibility of new transnational and comparative perspectives for studying those topics and their interconnectedness with global issues (for example, Chinese investment abroad, global social movements that have arrived in China, transnational migration in and out of China, and international popular culture). In short, Global China Studies (GCS) seeks to bring a global perspective to research on China.

Goals and Objectives

Currently a flagship project of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), GCS seeks to foster a distinctive identity and build its international reputation. Specifically, it aims to promote excellence in three areas:

  • to engage in cross-disciplinary cutting-edge research in order to promote the understanding of China as a global phenomenon, to analyse social, economic, and cultural developments in China and their connectivity with the world, and to produce knowledge on transnational processes and international institutions involving China;

  • to build a gateway for knowledge transfer and information dissemination about China to local communities in Hong Kong and beyond; and

  • to make itself an academic hub for China scholars in Asia and around the world for research collaboration.

Research and Activities

GCS engages in advanced research, knowledge transfer, information dissemination and community outreach. Its activities include but are not limited to:

  • Executive / civil servant trainings

  • Research projects / publications in global China studies

  • Global China Studies Lecture Series

  • Academic conferences and workshops

  • Joint PhD programmes with overseas and Mainland Chinese universities

  • Post-doctoral education

Development Strategies

  1. GCS relies on the existing expertise within CLASS and inter-department and inter-college collaboration across the University for a greater degree of research efficiency.

  2. GCS is building a core group consisting of distinguished faculty members in various fields of China studies, whose scholarship will enable GCS to demonstrate its academic excellence and distinctiveness.

  3. GCS will reach out for research collaboration and knowledge transfer, or other forms of joint academic activity with scholars who share similar interests in global China studies.

  4. GCS will actively seek donations and various forms of financial support and will also seize appropriate opportunities for income generation.