SSRC and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Renew Agreement
October 15, 2009 marked the signing of a new “Agreement of Academic Cooperation” between the SSRC and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the largest social science institution in China. The agreement was signed at the CASS Headquarters Building on Jianguomennai Dajie in Beijing by SSRC Executive Director Mary Byrne McDonnell and Li Yang, the Vice President of CASS. Jennifer Holdaway, SSRC Program Director, also attended the event. She leads the SSRC Program on China Environment and Health, a program based in Beijing and dedicated to generating new research on the connection between health, environment and development in China.
The agreement lays out principles and general understandings for the next five years of cooperative activities between the organizations, updating a 1998 agreement. The SSRC and CASS have had an ongoing cooperative relationship since CASS was founded in 1977. “CASS has played a huge role in ensuring an increasingly significant position for the social sciences in China and in enabling institutions like SSRC to work in China and with Chinese scholars," says Mary Byrne Mcdonnell. "This new agreement provides the opportunity to broaden and deepen that engagement for the benefit of researchers and students involved in our programs.”
For more background on the history of collaboration between the SSRC and CASS, read “Building Bridges with the Chinese Academy of Social Science" (pdf, 62 KB)