The mission of AIS is researching explaining the ‘new Asia’, generating knowledge about important socio-political, economic and cultural processes of change in Asia while situating these changes in the broader international context. AIS is a multi-disciplinary department (with a particularly strength in political science, political economy and international relations but also composed of sociologists, anthropologists, literature and cultural studies scholars, and Asian language experts). AIS is backed by the Southeast Asia Research Centre or SEARC, the only such research centre for the study of this region in Hong Kong. Our staff come from 12 different countries and speak 17 languages, with degrees from some of the world’s leading universities. Our faculty publish in top tier journals and presses, while making regular high impact contributions to the international press (including the BBC, CNBC, the Financial Times, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the Washington Post). We have what is perhaps the most international PhD programme in Hong Kong with 24 students, a majority of them male, from 18 countries spread across 4 continents speaking 18 different languages and including five recipients of the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship and over twenty other holders of scholarships and awards. International reviewers have praised AIS's recruitment of PhD students from world-leading universities (such as Sciences Po, Edinburgh, and NUS) and its MA student graduates have secured PhD positions at top institutions like Berkeley and Cambridge. In the 2016 QS survey of universities, CityU ranked first for citations per paper in the area of politics and international relations, and for H-index citations for development studies. In addition, ‘politics and international relations’ and ‘development studies’ were both ranked within the top 51 – 100 universities in the world. Both ‘politics and international relations’ and ‘development studies’ are core areas of AIS.
Research Degree Coordinator
Dr. Nicholas THOMAS