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Emphasizing cutting-edge research on international relations and regional issues, ECNU’s School of Advanced International and Area Studies (SAIAS) is dedicated to training and educating MA and Ph.D. students in the field of international studies for careers in think tanks, government, and multinational corporations.

SAIAS specializes in studies of Russia and Eurasia, co-development with neighboring countries, American studies, European studies, among other themes. In addition to area studies, SAIAS also promotes teaching and research about topics in international relations, such as great power relations, social transition, international strategy, international relations theory, and international political economy.

Aiming to bring its research and teaching to an even higher level, SAIAS is committed to undertaking research and training projects, offering consultation services, and facilitating international cooperation and exchange.

Major of International Relations with the concentration of Contemporary China Studies (CCS) is a two-year international master program specifically designed for overseas students having an interest in deepening their knowledge about China’s politics, economics, and diplomacy. Designed to introduce students to China’s domestic and international politics, the program will provide its graduates with the theoretical toolkit, practical knowledge, and analytical capacity that they need to succeed in a globalized world.

Key CCS Instructors

Name: MEN Jing

Title: Distinguished Professor; Director of the Centre for European Studies; one of the founders of UACES Collaborative Research Network on EU-China Relations; reviewer for a number of academic journals including Journal of Common Market Studies, Asia Europe Journal, Europe-Asia Studies, International Communication Gazette, Mediterranean Politics, and publishers including Routledge and Edward Elgar and etc.

Education: Ph.D., Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Specialities: Chinese Foreign Policy, EU External Relations, EU-China relations

Name: ZHANG Xin

Title: Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., UCLA

Specialties: Comparative Political Economy, International Development, Russia and Eurasia, Corporate Foreign Policy, Property Rights, Energy and Natural Resources

Name: LI Xiaoting

Title: Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Specialties: International Relations Theory, with a focus on conflict management and security issues; Chinese Politics, Chinese Foreign Policy and National Security Strategy, International Relations in East Asia, with a focus on U.S.-China-Taiwan relations, Sino-Korean relations, and Sino-Japanese relations

Name: SUN Suyuan

Title: Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, Fudan University

Specialties: International Political Economy, International Energy Politics

Name: LIU Jun

Title: Professor

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, East China Normal University

Specialties:Russian and Great Power Relations, Chinese Diplomacy, NATO Studies

Name: Bas Hooijmaaijers

Title: Assistant Professor, Chenhui Research Fellow

Education: Ph.D., Shanghai Jiaotong University

Specialties:European Union, Foreign Policy Making towards China, Chinese Investment in Europe, the Global Power Shift towards the Asia-Pacific Region

Name: Sergey Biryukov

Title: Professor

Education: Ph.D., Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Specialties: Political power, political process, regionalization, global world, national relations and conflicts 

Other CCS instructors: Prof. HOU Minyue, Associate Prof.WANG Tiejun, Associate Prof.WANG Haiyan, Assistant Prof. XIAO Huizhong, Assistant Prof. ZHANG Hong, Assistant Prof. ZANG Shumei.

Adjunct Professor

Name: Allen C. Lynch

Title: Professor, Dept. of Politics and former Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies, 1993-2008, University of Virginia

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, Columbia University

Specialties: Russian foreign relations, Domestic Politics and American Foreign Policy

Name: Jean-Marc F. Blanchard

Title: Professor, Director of the Center for Multinational Corporations Studies, member of the Editorial Boards of 5 publications including Asian Perspective (SSCI), the Journal of Chinese Political Science, and the International Journal of Emerging Markets, and a member of leading organizations including the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and the Academy of International Business.

Education: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Specialties: International Political Economy, Foreign Investment in China, Chinese Outward Investment, Chinese Foreign Economic Policy, Sino-US Relations

Name: PAN Xingming

Title: Professor, Director of the Center for European Studies, SAIAS

Education: Ph.D., Nanjing University

Specialties: History of the British Empire and Commonwealth, China-EU Relations, China’s Foreign Relations

Name: YU Bin

Title: Professor of Wittenberg University, USA; senior fellow, Shanghai Association of American Studies

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University

Specialties: International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Foreign Policy, East Asian Politics, East Asian Foreign Relations, Chinese Politics, China Foreign Policy

Name:PAN Zhongqi

Title: Professor of School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, China

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, Fudan University

Specialties: Theories of International Relations, National Security and Strategy, American Diplomacy, Taiwan Affairs

Name: ZHANG Hui

Title: Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., UCLA

Specialties: Anthropology of Art, Visual Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Intangible Heritage Preservation

Name: Ivan Willis Rasmussen

Title: Assistant Professor

Education: PhD, International Relations,Tufts University, the Fletcher School

Specialties:International Relations,Comparative Politics,Chinese Foreign Affairs

Tuition and Fees

One-time Application Fee
English-taught Master Student in Liberal Arts

Application Requirements

Program applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, History, Economic, Politic Science or other related majors. An official copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores is also needed for the application. For more information regarding specific application procedures, please see: msg.php?id=44.

Degree Requirements

In order to obtain the MA degree in Contemporary China Studies, each student needs to receive all required credits, pass the Mid-term Assessment and the thesis pre-defense and the thesis defense.

Each student of the program needs at least 34 credits in total, among which one needs 18 credits from the list of required courses offered by this program. Each student also needs at least 10 credits from the elective courses offered by this program. Students also need 6 credits from language and general courses required for all students, as stipulated by the Graduate Division of ECNU.

International students don’t have to take Chinese Political Theory courses and the English language courses, the public compulsory courses for Chinese students, but are required to take courses Introduction to Chinese Civilization and Chinese Language as part of the general compulsory courses for international students. For international students in non-Chinese language taught programs, they should reach at least Level 3 of the International Standards of Chinese Proficiency by the end of the third semester.

Students in this program who want to apply for graduation in the fourth semester have to receive enough credits required for each category of courses and pass the Mid-Term Assessment by the end of the third semester. Otherwise they can’t continue with the online system for their thesis review, thesis defense, and degree application.


CCS students have the opportunity to apply for two kinds of scholarships. One is offered by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The second is offered by the Shanghai Municipal Government. Students can apply for both scholarship programs concurrently. However, scholarship requires a separate application and supporting materials and only one scholarship can be awarded per student. Details about the programs and application information can be found at: msg.php?id=960.

Contact Information

Global Education Center, ECNU

Add: Room 253, Physics Building, 3663 North Zhongshan Road, Shanghai, China

Tel: +86-21-6223 2013

Fax: +86-21-6223 8352

Email: lxs@ecnu.edu.cn

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