In an effort to promote research on Chinese history and culture, advance knowledge and influence of Chinese history and culture in Portuguese-speaking countries, and improve the general public’s understanding of Chinese cultural heritage in Macao, the University of Macau proposes to establish the Centre for Chinese History and Culture.
Although Macao is a small territory in China, it has been bridging the economic and cultural relations between China and the West for over three centuries from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. The Chinese used Guangzhou and Macao as bases to explore sea routes that linked China with the West through the Strait of Malacca and the Cape of Good Hope.
The crucial status of Macao in the East-West interactions during the Ming and Qing dynasties is parallel to Chang’an (Xi’an)’s position in the Silk Road network in the Han and Tang dynasties. Macao was the only center for the interactions between the East and the West from the Ming dynasty to the eve of the first Opium War. For these reasons, Macao is not only a good location to study and promote Chinese history and culture, but also a place where research outcomes can be transformed into historical wisdoms. More importantly, studying Chinese culture and history from the perspective of Macao can help strengthen communication between China and Lusophone countries, facilitate the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, and contribute to the implementation of the “Going Global” strategy for Chinese culture development. As the only public university in Macao S.A.R., University of Macau ranks among the best universities in the Greater China Region. This ranking reflects not only the quality of higher education that the university provides, but also the influence of its world-class faculty members. The establishment of the Centre of Chinese History and Culture is to consolidate all of the resources so as to synergize the efforts to build a world-class organization to facilitate research and teaching in Chinese history and culture in a more effective way.
As a multidisciplinary research institute, the Centre of Chinese History and Culture will be dedicated to academic research on Chinese history and culture, produce first-class research output, and organize and participate in academic communication and exchange activities. Further, it will make use of its geographical advantage to promote Chinese history and culture in Macao S.A.R., Lusophone countries, and the rest of the world. Additionally, the Centre aims to be recognized as a state-level platform in a few years (being listed as a member of the Key Research Base for Humanities and Social Sciences of Ministry of Education and as a member of the “Fifty Centers of Chinese Culture Studies Overseas”).
CCHC will conduct thematic and multidisciplinary research in Chinese history and culture, host conference on Chinese history and culture, including international and regional academic conferences, and seminars on Chinese history and culture (targeting teachers and students from colleges, primary and secondary schools in Macao); organize field trips on Chinese history and culture (targeting secondary school and college students in Macao); promote understanding of Chinese history and culture (targeting secondary school and primary students in Macao); edit and publish South China Quarterly (four issues each year); and edit and publish Chinese History and Culture Newsletter.