Beijing Center for Japanese Studies: Overview

Photo of Beijing Center for Japanese StudiesBeijing Center for Japanese Studies was established in 1985, under the agreement between the Japan Foundation and the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the Government of the People's Republic of China. It succeeded the Training Center for Japanese Language Teachers, commonly called "Ohira School" (1980-1985), based on the agreement between then Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira and then President Hua Guofeng in 1979, with the aim of fostering human resources to promote Japanese language and Japanese studies in China as well as cultural exchange. Currently, the center is operated at two sites: Beijing Foreign Studies University and Peking University.

Photo of LibraryThe Japan Foundation has been in charge of co-organizer with the projects such as dispatching experts in Japanese studies and Japanese-language education and inviting people including graduate students to Japan. We have also supported to facilitate research and educational environment of the center by funding the operational expense, to produce various types of publications, and to donate educational materials, research materials, and equipment.

1. Beijing Foreign Studies University
(the Beijing Center for Japanese Studies)

(1) Master's degree and Ph.D. courses

The center offers six master's degree courses: Japanese linguistics, Japanese-language education, Japanese literature, Japanese culture, Japanese society, and Japanese economy.
The Japan Foundation provides opportunities for master's and doctoral students to come to Japan for collecting on-the-spot materials and searching publications for their dissertations to be written under the Japanese dissertation supervisor.

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The number of students who have studied at the center is as follows (as of August 2017):

  • Master's degree course: 853 students (as of the 33th graduates)
     (713 students completed Master's degree course as of the 29th graduates are included)
  • Ph.D. course, government-sponsored: 79students as of the 22nd graduates(Ended in 2011)
  • Ph.D. course at the Beijing Center for Japanese Studies: 106 students as of the 18th graduates
     (57 students completed Ph.D. course are included)

The Japan Foundation has been dispatching 607 experts in total to the center for educational support of this project (as of 2017 Spring Semester).

2.Peking University (Center of Japanese Studies)

This course was established in 1990 for young executives in the Chinese public and private sectors and Japanese studies experts in China. Its aim is to give them an opportunity to research the current status and systems of the Japanese economy, administration, industries, and society, and to research the policy making process mainly in government and industries, to foster Chinese experts on Japan with appropriate and professional knowledge regarding Japan today. The course has been providing lectures both on the theories and practice. Such lectures had also been attended by the students of master's and doctoral courses at Social Science Department of Peking University since 2000. However, in 2006, these lectures were redesigned and offered exclusively to doctoral students at the department to develop the curriculum aiming for more advanced education and research results.

The lectures at this center are presented by approximately 10 Japanese lecturers (intellectuals such as university professors and administrative officials) dispatched by the Japan Foundation and Chinese faculty members mainly from Peking University. Graduates of the course are active in a wide variety of areas in China, including the public and private sectors and the academic circles. For students at the Peking University Graduate School, six credits are given by completing this course. So far, 551 students, in total, of business persons and graduate students of Peking University have taken this course (as of August 2017). Also, the Japan Foundation has dispatched 285 experts (professors) in total for lecturing at the course (as of 2017 Spring Semester).

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[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation
Asia and Oceania Section
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept.
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6070 Fax: +81-(0)3-5369-6041
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