• Professor Rana Mitter, Director of the China Centre, said: 'The opening of the magnificent new China Centre building enables us to confirm Oxford's position as Europe's premier centre for the study of China and to move toward making it the most exctiing place to work on China in the western world' John Cairns/St Hugh’s College
  • The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, at the official opening of the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building in the grounds of St Hugh’s College.
  • Traditional Chinese ribbon-cutting ceremony in the courtyard garden of the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building.
  • The Duke of Cambridge said: 'The China Centre is an enormous achievement. It stands on the foundations of many centuries of learning in the University of Oxford about China, and it marks a significant leap forward.'


The new University of Oxford China Centre is located in the magnificent Dickson Poon Building in the grounds of St Hugh’s College. The Centre, opened on September 8th 2014, joins together academics and researchers with an interest in Chinese Studies from across the University and aims to strengthen its relationship with China and other centres of Chinese scholarship worldwide.

Our objective is to ensure that the University’s commitment to the study of China is continually developed and expanded as the rising power of China sets new challenges and requires new areas of research. The Centre advances the expertise of the University’s outstanding academics by encouraging original research, publication, joint projects and collaboration with scholars and institutions in China, the UK and elsewhere. The Centre is directly supported by both the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions.

The Centre engages in an interdisciplinary research focused on diverse areas of Chinese Studies including Chinese history, politics, art, religion, literature, global health, business, the environment and energy issues. It hosts the BA in Oriental Studies (Chinese), MSc and MPhil programmes in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Studies, with new courses planned for the future. Our special unit, the Centre for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, is developing new multimedia language-teaching materials in modern Chinese.

Apart from offices and seminar rooms, the Centre houses a state-of-the-art language laboratory and a computer room for graduate students, a 100-seat lecture theatre, facilities for receiving satellite broadcasts in Chinese, and a general common room in which teaching staff, students and visitors can meet informally. The Centre also contains the Bodleian KB Chen China Centre Library with an outstanding collection of 45,000 volumes on China, designed to support research and teaching programme at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Royal Opening of the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building


The Duke of Cambridge has formally opened the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building in the grounds of St Hugh’s College on 8th September 2014.