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Introduction

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The School of International Studies (SIS) of Peking University (PKU) is located on the West side of PKU campus. It is near the six traditional Chinese gardens, and the beautiful Weiming Lake. SIS was formally established in 1996. It was created from three international studies organizations - the International Politics Department, the Asian-African Studies Institute, and the International Relations Institute. SIS was the first school in a Chinese university dedicated to the study and research of international affairs. In 2014, SIS had 59 professors, 23 support staff, and 1050 full-time students in degree programs from more than 50 countries.

 
A Brief History

1902 Political Science established as a curriculum
1952 Political Science Department dissolved
1960 Political Science Department re-established
1964 Political Science Department re-named International Politics Department
      Asian-African Studies Institute established; Professor Ji Xianlin appointed founding director
1966 Cultural Revolution starts; teaching and research interrupted
      Renmin University of China faculty members transferred to the Department until 1978
1970 International Communism, and National Liberation Movement majors established
      Institute of Asian-African Studies re-established
1979 Professor Zhao Baoxu re-appointed International Politics Dept. Chairman after cultural revolution
1979 International Communism, History of the Chinese Communist Party, Political Science, National
      Liberation Movement, and International Relations teaching and research sub-fields created
1980 International Exchanges resumed
      The Journal of International Politics published
1981 State Academic Degree Commission approved MA programs
      Academic Committee re-organized
1982 Special program to train government officials established
1983 Dual BA and International Cultural Communication program established
      Zhang Hanqing appointed as Department Chairman
1984 The first group of international students enrolled
1985 The Institute of International Relations established with Zhang Wenjin as first Director
      First group of Ph.D. students enrolled
1987 Political Science major formed a separate department
1989 Liang Shoude appointed Department Chairman
1991 The Institute of Asian and African Studies and the Institute of South and Southeast Asian Studies
      merged to form the Institute of Asian and African Studies; Lu Tingen appointed Director
1995 Programs of Diplomacy, and Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau affairs were initiated
      Joint MA program with Waseda University established with Sasakawa Peace Foundation support
1995 Aode Academic Fund created
      Diplomacy major commenced
1996 The School of International Studies (SIS) established; Liang Shoude appointed first Dean
      Teaching Plan and Academic Committee initiated
1998 Li Yu appointed Director of the Asian and African Studies Institute
1999 The Asian and African Studies Institute merged into SIS; Qian Qichen appointed SIS Dean
2003 The Dept. of Intl. Comm. and Cultural Exchange left SIS to form School of Journalism and Comm.
2004 The Department of International Political Economy established
      SIS moved into its new buildings
2005 Wang Jisi appointed new Dean
2006 Dual MA degree program with LSE established
2007 Sabbatical leave system introduced at SIS
2009 Dual MA degree program with Sciences Po established
2010 Master of International Relations program taught in English established
2012 The Department of Comparative Politics established

 
 
Research
     The School of International Studies at Peking University is a leading academic and policy research institution in China. SIS includes the following area studies: Chinese Politics and Diplomacy, American Studies, Japan Studies, Russian and Central/Eastern European Studies, ASEAN, Central Asian and Middle-East Studies, and African Studies. Issues-oriented studies include: Political and International Relations Theory, International Political Economy, Strategy and Security, Non-traditional Security, and Global Governance. From 2001-2013 SIS professors completed about 300 research projects; about 200 books, and 300 papers were published.
     Over 20 research centers are affiliated with SIS, which promote academic work, as well as domestic and international exchanges. The Institute of Strategic and International Studies of Peking University is ranked as a leading think-tank in China. The Center of China and the World is well-known research platform devoted to the study of contemporary China. Peking University Centers of African Studies, American Studies, and China-US People-to-People Exchange, are key research and exchange institutes of the Chinese Ministry of Education. The Taiwan Research Institute and the Center for World New Energy Studies are active platforms in their respective fields.
The Journal of International Politics is the academic journal of SIS. It also serves as the official publication of the Chinese Universities’ Association of International Politics Studies.
 
International Cooperation
     The School of International Studies at Peking University maintains close interactions with prominent universities worldwide. Activities include visiting faculty members, hosting exchange students, arranging joint seminars, organizing conferences, and completing collaborative research. The footprints of SIS professors cover the globe each year. We host hundreds of activities including international visits, public lectures, group discussions, interviews, and research. SIS students increasingly participate in international programs through dual degree programs, student exchange programs, workshops, and summer academic programs.
     SIS has formal exchange agreements with: Cornell University, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Monterey Institute of International Studies, University of Southern California; London School of Economics and Political Science, Sciences Po, Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Warsaw in Europe; University of Tokyo, Waseda University, Niigata University, Seikei University, Nihon University, Shimane Prefecture University in Japan; Seoul National University, Korean University, Kyung Hee University in Korea; Thammasat University in Thailand, and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
 
Student Life
     SIS students enjoy diverse life on campus, which includes debates, sports, and extra-curricular activities. Some famous student associations affiliated with SIS include: Model United Nations, Taiwan Research Association, and Youth Diplomatic Studies Association. In recent years, SIS teams won university championships in soccer and basketball. SIS students also participate in many volunteer and internships programs.
 
 
 
From the Dean
     The School of International Studies practices genuine scholarship to understand our increasingly global and complex world, and to seek practical solutions that address bilateral, regional, and global challenges. We make every effort to provide the best education to our students, and to help them prepare for leadership roles to promote international understanding and cooperation, defend human conscience and international justice, and seek ways to ensure peace, stability, and prosperity for all. We sincerely welcome talented people who share our vision to join us.
 
 
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