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Recent Developments in Chinese Studies at Rutgers

1. The University President’s “Rutgers in China Initiative”

In Spring 2011, President McCormick announced the launch of a major initiative to develop China related programs across Rutgers University.

http://www.president.rutgers.edu/letter_052511.shtml

A first step in this initiative is the search for a Director, which is currently underway.

http://uhr.rutgers.edu/jobs/JobDetail.aspx?pst_num=11-000844

In the early stages of this initiative, in order to provide an overview of the various efforts across the Rutgers campuses, Dean Marc Holzer of the School of Public Affairs and Administration has set up a "Rutgers in China" web page to which different units of the university may post descriptions of their activities in China.

http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/home/rutgers-in-china

2. School of Arts and Sciences Cluster Hire Initiative in Chinese Studies

With support from the office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences has initiated a semi-coordinated set of 5 faculty hires in Chinese studies over the next two years. Faculty searches are now underway in Political Science and Economics for candidates researching on Chinese politics and economy, respectively. The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures is currently conducting a faculty search in Classical Chinese studies, for which research fields may include Classical Chinese literature, philosophy, and cultural studies. Faculty searches in History and Religion will take place in 2012-2013.

3. The Rutgers Confucius Institute sponsors many China Studies related events and programs.

http://www.ciru.rutgers.edu/

4. The Rutgers East Asian Library has a strong and growing collection of Chinese language materials:

http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/east_asia_lib/east_asia_lib.shtml

The library is also expanding the collection of online databases and electronic resources:

http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/cms/indexes/subjects/indexes_arts_hum#East_Asian_Studies_

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