About SASS



Founded in 1958 and administered by the Municipal Government of Shanghai, SASS is China’s oldest institution for the humanities and social sciences and is the largest one outside the capital of Beijing. SASS is a leading think tank and a distinguished academic institution in China. Although SASS receives most of its funds from the municipal government of Shanghai, it also draws financial support from various non-governmental sources at home and abroad.

SASS has 17 institutes and more than 20 interdisciplinary centers that conduct theoretical research and applied studies in humanities and social sciences, with a special focus on important issues arising from the current social and economic transformation and the country’s continual reform and development.

With its comprehensive research achievements, SASS contributes greatly to the nation and the municipality through its policy studies for government authorities, training, and consulting services. Its research findings and publications have been particularly influential with both policy-makers and the greater public. Since 2008, SASS has undertaken more than 200 research programs at the national and municipal levels, published about 5200 research papers, 421 academic works, and 15 periodicals, in addition to an annual publication of over 250 consulting reports.

SASS currently has 760 employees, of which 550 are research staff. Among SASS researchers, there are 123 research professors, 181 associate research professors. SASS also has more than 30 honorary professors and distinguished professors, including Lawrence Robert Klein and Douglass C. North.

SASS has signed over 60 cooperative agreements with international partners. Every year it hosts over 1,000 foreign visitors and hundreds of international conferences, lectures and seminars, as is represented by the bi-annual World Forum on China Studies, sponsored by the State Council Information Office and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, which sees over 500 participants at each session.

SASS is administered by an Executive Leadership Committee, which oversees all academic and administrative affairs. Administrative branches include the Research Coordination Office, the Office of International Cooperation, Personnel Office, Financial and Accounting Office, and Disciplinary inspection Office, among others. Academic branches under the executive leadership committee include the Academic Committee. SASS also has its own Graduate School, SASS Press, and Library.