Deutsche Bank to support Oxford’s world-leading research on China

Professor Rana Mitter, Director of the University of Oxford China Centre by John Cairns
Professor Rana Mitter, Director of the University of Oxford China Centre by John Cairns

Deutsche Bank, the leading client-centric global universal bank, has announced a major gift in support of the University of Oxford China Centre. The gift will support the Deutsche Bank Director of the China Centre, a position currently held by Professor Rana Mitter.

Professor Mitter is a world-leading academic on the history and politics of China. A proficient Mandarin speaker, he has become well-known in the UK and abroad for bridging the gap between academic research on China and the public sphere. In addition, the gift will support a new Deutsche Bank lecture series, which will become a keynote event for the world’s leading experts on China.

The Centre, whose new building was officially opened in September 2014 by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, brings together academics from across the University in a remarkable collaboration of teaching and research to tackle some of the most important questions about the role of China in the world.  More than 20 scholars work in the distinctive new building, which is arguably the foremost centre for the study of China in Europe, part of a total of 45 academics in Oxford whose work focuses primarily on China. This academic hub is helping to advance expertise and understanding of China through the encouragement of original research, publication, joint projects and collaboration with scholars and institutions in China, the UK and around the world.

The Deutsche Bank Director of the China Centre, Professor Rana Mitter, said: ‘The generous support from Deutsche Bank will help the China Centre with its intellectual and cultural quest to rethink what China has meant over the last 3,000 years and what it will mean for years to come. The Centre sits at the heart of a conversation that has just started in Europe’s largest and finest building dedicated to the study of China.’ He continued, ‘I am enormously excited to host this prestigious series of lectures, which will be a highlight for scholars, not just in Europe, but globally.’

Colin Fan, Co-Head of Corporate Banking and Securities and Colin Grassie, CEO Deutsche Bank UK, said: ‘China’s outstanding economic growth, rich history and unique cultural legacy are now key influences on the world’s cultural and economic stage.  As a global bank we have always prioritised the importance of understanding the countries and context in which we operate. In conjunction with our partners at the University of Oxford, we are delighted to present the Deutsche Bank Directorship and Lecture Series, guaranteed to provide insights into one of the world’s most formative economic and cultural influencers.’