The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) plays a vital role in shaping an Australian approach to the study of contemporary China and serves as a significant source of research-based information on China, Chinese societies and Chinese economies in the 21st century.

Promoting the study of contemporary China

The Centre's mission is to transform our understanding of contemporary China and its place in the world and to identify and nurture the young intellectual, business and political leaders who will guide the Australia-China relationship in coming decades. The Centre enhances Australia's bilateral partnerships with top Chinese universities and acts as a hub for contemporary China studies in Melbourne.

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Australia in the Asian Century

The University of Melbourne is at the forefront of Australian Research on China. The university has one of the oldest and largest Chinese Studies programs in Australia and is one of the largest concentrations of multi-disciplinary expertise on China and Chinese societies within Australasia.

Australia continues to debate how it should position itself in a world shaped by the rise of China. Domestically, Chinese investment in certain sectors is coming under increased scrutiny, while the Australian Government's response to the geopolitical implications of China's growing wealth and power has been uncertain. The end of the mining boom raises a whole new set of questions about how social, economic, and political affairs in the Chinese century should be managed. As a focal point for the University's China expertise, the Centre can inform these debates and help guide business people, policy-makers, educators, and the general public as they negotiate the Asian Century.


  1. To raise the profile and reputation of the University nationally and internationally by harnessing China-related research from within the Faculty of Arts and across the University
  2. To provide a highly visible, interdisciplinary, research-focused nexus physically and virtually so as to create and support expert networks for local and international engagements within this area of research
  3. To provide a framework and focal point for the University's extensive China and Chinese-related teaching, research and research training, and to lead and support the development of new China-related projects
  4. To assist with the development and realisation of the University's strategy for an enhanced engagement with China and the Asia-Pacific region

Asia Scholars Program

The Asia Scholars Program provides new joint appointments across the Faculty of Arts, targeting outstanding scholars from the Asia region. The Program builds the Faculty's research, teaching, and engagement profile through collaborative research projects and joint publications with scholars from the best universities in the Asia region.

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies has hosted three Asia Scholars: Professor Yao Yang (Peking University), Professor Martin K. Whyte (Harvard University), and Professor Ling Zhu (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences). Yao Yang was at the Centre from mid-July to August 2017, after short visits in 2015 and 2016, strengthening the collaboration between the Centre and Peking University's National School of Development on China's economic transition and development. Martin Whyte joined the Centre (and the School of Social and Political Sciences) for three months in 2017 (February to May), continuing in 2018 and 2019 by contributing to teaching and collaborative research on the sociology of contemporary China. Ling Zhu was at the Centre for short visits in 2017, 2018, and 2019, contributing to the Centre's research on agricultural development and poverty alleviation and taught into several Masters-level subjects on contemporary China.

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