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Tübingen’s Taiwan Center receives two major honors

European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan gets special status, wins French-Taiwan Cultural Award for services to research

Tübingen University’s European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) has been raised to the status of an Overseas Center by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, a respected Taipei-based organization promoting China and Taiwan studies. Worldwide there are only four such Overseas Centers; the other three are at Harvard, the Charles University in Prague, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The new status guarantees funding from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for at least five years. “This is a milestone for European Taiwan research and an important step towards long-term training of junior researchers,” said Professor Gunter Schubert, ERCCT director and Professor of Greater China Studies at Tübingen’s Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies. Foundation President Professor Chu Yun-han will sign the cooperation agreement in Tübingen on 14 July.

French-Taiwan Cultural Award

The ERCCT also receives the 2014 French-Taiwan Cultural Award in recognition of its services to Taiwan research in Europe. The award is made annually by the Fondation culturelle franco-taïwanaise de l'Académie des sciences morales et politiques and comes with €25,000 prize money. ERCCT director will officially receive the honor at an October ceremony in Paris.

The ERCCT was founded on 1 July 2008 as a joint venture between the University and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation and is unique in Europe. The Center supports the work of junior researchers and promotes academic dialogue between Europe and Taiwan.


Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert
Tübingen University
Faculty of Humanities
Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Chinese and Korean Studies, Professor of Greater China Studies
Phone: +49 7071 29- 72715

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