Notre Dame signs new agreement with the University of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Author: Abigail Urban

The University of Notre Dame has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (UCASS), a publicly-funded Chinese university with a focus on research in humanities and social sciences. The new agreement furthers the collaboration between the two universities and creates more opportunities for shared research.

“We are grateful to formalize the relationship between Notre Dame and UCASS,” says Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization at Notre Dame. “Our partners at UCASS have generously hosted leaders of Notre Dame in recent years, and they continue to provide opportunities to our faculty and students. We are pleased that Notre Dame has hosted students from UCASS in our American Semester Abroad Program, and look forward to new ways that we can promote mobility between our students and researchers in the future.”

UCASS is affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the premier academic organization and comprehensive research center for philosophy and social sciences in the People’s Republic of China.

In collaboration with CASS, UCASS aids skilled student researchers in exploring a complete range of subjects in the disciplines of humanities and social sciences. CASS researchers comprise the majority of UCASS faculty, with directors of CASS institutes serving as deans of related schools of UCASS.

The university’s primary areas of study include philosophy, economics, law, literature, history, and management. UCASS offers 16 first-tier disciplines at a doctoral level and 17 first-tier disciplines at master’s level, which include 115 doctoral degree programs, 120 master’s degree programs, and eight professional master’s degree programs.

“We are highly pleased to have established a formal cooperative relationship with the University of Notre Dame, a university with a very remarkable reputation in higher education and academic research in the U.S. and abroad,” says professor Bo Zhang, vice president for internationalization of UCASS.

“UCASS takes aim at nurturing future outstanding researchers by utilizing the excellent resources of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) institutes. Internationalization is always part of UCASS’s development strategy. We hope to materialize the MoU between our two institutions by promoting mobility of faculty and students, academic conference and research, etc. soon in near future.”

Notre Dame International encourages and supports collaboration with partner institutions around the world. These partnerships have allowed faculty to collaborate with the richest minds in academia as they work together towards shared goals of knowledge and truth.

Globally, Notre Dame International has more than 120 agreements with partners on six continents. These agreements include institution-level general memoranda of understanding, exchange programs for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty, as well as partnerships that bring international students to Notre Dame for short term academic programs.

The agreement with UCASS advances Notre Dame International’s strategic goals to facilitate opportunities for Notre Dame faculty to develop and strengthen global research projects, as well as to strengthen the Global Gateways and Centers to serve as platforms where Notre Dame engages the world and the world engages Notre Dame. The Beijing Global Gateway is a key participant in stewarding the partnership between Notre Dame and UCASS through developing joint programming, facilitating faculty and administrator visits and meetings between the partners, and creating future opportunities for mobility for Notre Dame and UCASS scholars.

Originally published by Abigail Urban at on June 25, 2021.