The Director Anthony Giddens has signed a five year cooperative agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan to assist LSE in strengthening its research on Taiwan-related subjects.
Under the terms of the agreement, Taiwan will help the School establish a Chinese-language social sciences databank based within the Asia Research Centre. The Asia Research Centre will also organise academic forums and scholarly exchanges with leading research institutions in Taiwan.
A large quantity of Chinese books is also being donated by Taiwan's Academia Historia Sinica to the Centre, to be followed by a collection of valuable microfilms of newspapers from the National Central Library in Taipei. The development of this research infrastructure will make the School home to the most advanced resources for Taiwan-related studies in the UK, allowing research to be carried out on all aspects of the history of the Republic of China from its establishment in 1912, through its retreat to Taiwan in 1949 and the period of economic development and political transformation that has resulted in today's democratic system.
LSE has around 60 undergraduate and graduate students from Taiwan. Dr Chris Hughes, director of the Asia Research Centre, said: 'We are delighted to have signed this agreement. It will considerably enrich the work of the Asia Research Centre and the School's cooperation with our colleagues in Taiwan.'
19 June 2003