University Partners


The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London has the largest
concentration in Europe of academic staff specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and
Middle East, and provides a unique combination of language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and
regional focus. In 2008, SOAS jumped to 9th best university nationwide in The Good University
Guide, and 8th in The Guardian’s league tables of top UK universities. In 2009, SOAS won the
prestige Queen’s Anniversary Award for its language teaching. SOAS has a Centre of Chinese Studies
to facilitate and develop in the United Kingdom and Europe interdisciplinary research, teaching, and other activities concerning China, with over 40 members of staff with a wide range of interests in both historical and contemporary China. Chinese is taught in both the Department and Language Centre, which offers the largest Chinese programme and also hosts the first Confucius Institute in the UK.

Contact person: Dr Lianyi Song,  SOAS




Rennes 2 University

Rennes 2 University is the most important research centre and higher education community for human and
social sciences in the west of France. The university counts more than 15,000 students enrolled in initial or
continued education in five different UFR (Teaching and Research faculties) and Chinese studies have been
available at the university since 1993. Around 300 students study Chinese in Rennes 2 each year as an option
or as their major. Since September 2008, 50 students have also majored in Chinese, which is still rare in France.
The minimum level required to major in Chinese at Rennes 2 is to have spent 3 years studying it at grammar/
high school and to know at least 405 characters. Various educational experiments and research, particularly
in the area of teaching characters and new technology, have been conducted within the LIDILE research team
and the DILEM research laboratory, with the help of Chinese teachers belonging to the Institut Confucius de
Bretagne (Brittany Confucius Institute). Rennes 2 University also has developed a number of partnerships with
Chinese universities.

Contact person: Dr Bernard Allanic, Maître de conférences




Freie University Berlin

In 2007, Freie University Berlin was elected to be one of nine “excellent universities” of Germany. Its East Asian
Seminar is one of the oldest and best known seminar of sinology in Germany. The Chinese studies department
span both historical and contemporary Chinese studies as well as Chinese language teaching. It is one of
the first German Sinology departments that changed its educational system to BA/MA system (in 2005) and
yet the only one in Germany offering “Chinese as a foreign language” as special focus in its MA education

Contact person: Dr Andreas Guder 顾安达 博士, Leiter des Studienbereichs Chinesische Sprache (德国柏林自由大学汉学系汉语教学科长), Vorsitzender des Fachverbands Chinesisch (FaCh) e.V. (德语区汉语教学协会会长)




Università di Roma La Sapienza

The Faculty of Oriental Studies is one of the 21 faculties of the University of Rome La Sapienza, the biggest
public university in Italy, and it offers programs on languages and cultures of the Far, Near and Middle East,
such as Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Tibetan, Hurdu, Hindi, Bengali, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. The Faculty
counts more than 2500 students and among them the largest percentage is represented by students of
Chinese. Besides the usual language courses, the Chinese program also offers other related courses such as:
Classical Chinese Literature, Modern Chinese Literature, Ancient Chinese History, Modern Chinese History,
History of Chinese Art, Chinese Philology, History of Chinese Classical Music, Readings in Chinese Law, etc.

Home to the first Italian Confucius Institute, the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Rome La
Sapienza is involved in several international projects shared with a number of Far East countries.


Contact person: Prof Federico Masini, Facoltà di Studi Orientali, Via Principe Amedeo 182/b, 00185 Roma.




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