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MISSION & HISTORY
In terms of international teaching, the CCS has built a close, cooperative relationship with the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley. In 2011, CCS invited Professor Wen-Hsin Yeh, Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, UC-Berkeley to host the “First Summer Program for Advanced China Studies.” The program focused on helping Ph.D. candidates in their dissertation writing and field studies and offered a platform for CCS researchers and Ph.D. candidates to expand their international connections. Beginning in 2013, the CCS cooperated with Taiwan’s Top University Strategic Alliance (composed of 12 top Taiwanese universities) and UC-Berkeley to host the “Doctoral Workshop on Asian Studies.” Director Wen-Hsin Yeh led a delegation of 15 members from UC-Berkeley to Taiwan to work with students and young scholars from Taiwan’s top universities. In May 2014, CCS cooperated with the University of Tübingen (Germany), the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), and Duisburg-Essen University (Germany) to hold the “Contemporary China Local Governance Workshop.” CCS will continue to coordinate with TUSA to hold these kinds of activities connecting Taiwan’s top universities with leading international institutions and scholars.
In terms of supporting leading research, under the first phase of the Top University Plan, the CCS has hosted the “Cross Strait and International Elite Graduate Student Field Research Camp” (hosted under the direction of Te-sheng Chen), with places for more than 10 enthusiastic Taiwanese graduate students. The camp offers both assistance and support for carrying out field work in China’s rural areas, as well as, an opportunity for Taiwanese students to build up their networks in mainland China. The camp has been well-received and its activities have been expanded with outside financial support (including a three year grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange) to include “Cross Strait and International Elite Scholars Field Research Camp” and various other summer programs.