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Chinese Academy of Social Science

Coordinates: 39°54′35″N 116°26′06″E / 39.909695°N 116.43508°E / 39.909695; 116.43508

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Abbreviation CASS
Formation 1977
Type Research Organization; Think Tank
Location Beijing
President Wang Weiguang
Affiliations State Council of China
Staff 3200


The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), established in 1977, is the premier and the most comprehensive academic research organization and national center in the People's Republic of China for study in the fields of philosophy and social sciences, with the obligation of advancing and innovating in the scientific researches of philosophy, social sciences and policies. It was described by Foreign Policy magazine as the top think tank in Asia.[1] It is affiliated with the PRC's State Council.


The CASS was established in May 1977 with the aim of promoting the development of philosophy and social sciences, which had been almost totally destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. It was formed by separating 14 research units of the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The first president was Hu Qiaomu, and the current president is Wang Weiguang.


The CASS comprises five academic divisions:

It is made up of 35 research institutes:

  • Academy of Marxism
  • Institute of Literature
  • Institute of Ethnic Literature
  • Institute of Foreign Literature
  • Institute of Linguistics
  • Institute of Philosophy
  • Institute of World Religions
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Institute of History
  • Institute of Modern History
  • Institute of World History
  • Institute of Political Science
  • Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology
  • Institute of Sociology
  • Institute of Law
  • Institute of International Law
  • Institute of World Economy & Politics
  • Institute of Economics
  • Institute of Industrial Economics
  • Rural Development Institute
  • Institute of Finance and Trade Economics
  • Institute of Finance and Banking
  • Institute of Quantitative and Technical Economics
  • Institute of Population and Labor Economics
  • Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies
  • Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies
  • Research Center for Chinese Borderland History and Geography
  • Institute of Taiwan Studies
  • Institute of Russian, Eastern European & Central Asian Studies
  • Institute of European Studies
  • Institute of West-Asian and African Studies
  • Institute of Latin American Studies
  • Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Institute of American Studies
  • Institute of Japanese Studies

CASS has also more than 90 research centers, and one graduate school (Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences). It is also in charge of 105 national academic communities throughout China.

CASS currently has over 3,200 resident scholars.[2] CASS membership and honorary membership are both conferred for life and are the highest academic titles of the academy. There are 47 members and 95 honorary members.

Publishing house

The China Social Sciences Press (Chinese: 中国社会科学出版社; pinyin: Zhōngguó Shèhuì Kēxué Chūbǎnshè) was established in June 1978 under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and has published over 8,000 books since its inception.[3]

List of presidents

  1. Hu Qiaomu (胡乔木): 1977–1982
  2. Ma Hong (马洪): 1982–1985
  3. Hu Qiaomu: 1985–1988
  4. Hu Sheng (胡绳): 1988–1998
  5. Li Tieying (李铁映): 1998–2003
  6. Chen Kuiyuan (陈奎元): 2003–2013
  7. Wang Weiguang (王伟光): April 2013 – present

Source: China Social Science Network[4]

See also


External links

  • Official website (CHINESE)
  • Official website (ENGLISH)
  • CASS - Bureau of International Cooperation (ENGLISH)
  • Cherishing the memory of Ma Hong

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