Jan 24, 2021

Global China Group


The WUN Global China Group (GCG) has been identified as one of WUN’s Cross-Cutting themes. These themes intersect with all four Global Challenges and are seen as vital to understanding and addressing them. Cross-Cutting themes are selected based on identifed research strengths across WUN.

The group brings together the significant expertise and resources in contemporary China studies from across the Worldwide Universities Network in a two-way understanding of and engagement with China. The main focus of the GCG is understanding China’s social and economic development with sub themes in:

  • cultural change and economic development
  • food security
  • climate change
  • public health
  • higher education.

The GCG’s program serves as a bridge between Chinese and Western thought to provide a global perspective on the world’s most populous nation. The GCG takes an interdisciplinary approach to China and incorporates the research strengths that exist in WUN across Chinese economy, society, social policy, politics, history, anthropology, literature, visual and performing arts, and religion to offer a broad view of China – both in terms of how China sees the world and how the world sees China.

Building upon the work of its predecessor, the WUN Contemporary China Centre, the GCG is developing strong linkages with government, NGOs and industry as well as with leading academic partners beyond the network to serve as a key knowledge partner on contemporary issues facing China and the world.

The WUN Global China Group Strategic Plan 2015-17 outlines the objectives and strategies for the Global China Group.

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Steering Group

  • Professor Fanny Cheung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Gordon Houlden, The University of Alberta
  • Ms Jia Wang, The University of Alberta
  • Professor Hans Hendrischke, The University of Sydney

Selected outcomes

WUN China Workshop – Understanding China’s FDI and Global Supply Chains: Europe and the World, 4 April 2016, Maastricht University Brussels Campus (website)

WUN China Foreign Direct Investment Symposium, 27 April 2015, CUHK (website)

Inaugural WUN Global China Conference on Family Transition, Ageing, and Social Security in China, 5-6 December 2013, CUHK (website)