Sino-Israel Research Centers

Center for Contemporary Sino Israel Studies (CCSIS), founded by SIGNAL and Shanghai Jiaotong University, is the world’s premier China-Israel research center focusing on comparative politics and strategic analysis. CCSIS, based at Shanghai Jiaotong University, the “Princeton of China”, focuses on policy oriented research as well as interdisciplinary projects, capitalizing on SJTU’s diverse fields of expertise from international relations to space science.

CCSIS received official sanction from China’s Ministry of Education in the second half of this year, and will enjoy governmental funding as the center grows.

About: Shanghai Jiaotong University

Since the reform and opening up policy in China, SJTU has taken the lead in management reform of institutions for higher education, regaining its vigor and vitality with an unprecedented momentum of growth.

Today SJTU has 31 schools (departments), 63 undergraduate programs, 250 masters-degree programs, 203 Ph.D. programs, 28 post-doctorate programs, and 11 state key laboratories and national engineering research centers.

About: School of International and Public Relations

The SJTU School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), established in 2003 and located in the heart of downtown Shanghai, has developed into one of the most influential and international schools in political science and public administration in China.

SIPA consists of four departments: the Department of Comparative Politics, the Department of Public Administration, the Department of International Relations, and the Department of Public Economics & Social Policy. The Dean of the school is Professor HU Wei, a prominent Chinese political scientist.

About: Dean Hu Wei

Dr. Hu Wei is a distinguished professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), the “Princeton of China”, the founding dean of SJTU School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and vice president of Shanghai Federation of Social Sciences. He is also concurrent professor at China National School of Administration (CNSA), and a visiting research fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia. Before serving Shanghai Jiao Tong University, he was one of the youngest full professors in social sciences at Fudan University, and deputy director of Fudan Institute of Politics and Public Administration (1995-2000).

As a leading professor of Government in China, he holds many major academic titles, such as vice president of China National Association for International Studies (CNAIS), standing director of Chinese Political Science Association and Chinese Leadership Association, vice president of Shanghai Public Administration Society, vice chairman of Shanghai Political Science Association and Shanghai Leadership Association, member of the Higher Education Directory Commission of the PRC Ministry of Education. Moreover, he serves as policy-making consultant for both Shanghai Municipal Government and the People’s Congress.

Faculty Training

The Israel Studies Faculty Training Program provides Chinese lecturers a comprehensive overview of Israel Studies, so upon graduation they can return to their home universities and teach what they learned.

Shortly after their return, lecturers who participated in the program embark on a lecture tour around China to explain their experience in Israel and encourage students and faculty around China to become involved in Israel Studies.

The 4 month long Israel studies experience begins in October with a 19-day Holocaust seminar at Israeli Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The three week seminar at Yad Vashem represents a shared understanding that promoting Israel studies is a crucial endeavor.

Over the course of 3 months, Chinese scholars are exposed to the highest scholarship on Israel Studies through private classes given by the best academics in the field. Despite the limited time the students manage to cover wide areas of study ranging from the early Jewish settlement during the mandate period to the development of the ‘Sabra’ identity. Real life experiences serve an invaluable role in shaping a person’s perspective of a place so SIGNAL also encourages the students to live the history, culture, sights and sounds of Israel through group trips from the Negev in the south to the Galilee in the north.

The 6th FTP delegation of SIGNAL fellows will arrive in the Fall of 2015.

Nation to Nation Networking

To achieve an immediate effect, SIGNAL aims to reach the elite scholars of China who impact Chinese policy and provide a platform for these influential Chinese and Israeli scholars to share ideas and analyses on subjects of pressing mutual interest and concern. SIGNAL achieves this through hosting delegations in Israel, establishing joint research projects and conducting strategic dialogues in China and Israel.

Through Conferences and Symposiums, Briefings, and Delegation visits, Joint research SIGNAL ensures an all-important continuous presence in China.

Conferences & Symposium:

In 2012, SIGNAL hosted and participated in geo-strategic and academic conferences across China. These academic gatherings serve to create strong relationships between Israeli and Chinese policy advisors on an intellectual and personal level. The result is a more free and frank exchange of ideas where Chinese scholars and experts can gain broader understandings of the Middle East.

November 2012

SIGNAL was invited to participate in the conference hosted by the China Center for
Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS) entitled “The Contemporary World Multilateral Dialogue: The Changing World and China in Development”.

CCCWS is the research center for China’s National Security Office and is based within the Internal Affairs department. Wielding great influence in Foreign affairs decision making, CCCWS is integral to the internal affairs department and is a relevant example of how government and Party employ academia.

June 2012

SIGNAL co-hosted the premier Israel Studies Conference with Bar Ilan University, Shanghai International Studies University (SHISU) and Fudan University. Approximately 75 leading Israeli and Chinese scholars as well as Israeli and Chinese executives and energy experts presented at the conference. The conference featured 3 special panels: The place of Innovation in Sino-Israeli Business, The strategic importance of Oil Alternatives, and a closed session on Energy Security.

September 2011

SIGNAL held the first China-Israel Strategy & Security Symposium. It was the first time scholars from China and Israel gathered to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern. The event was co-hosted by the Center for Global Research in international affairs at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center (IDC). It marked the largest delegation of leading Chinese scholars to visit Israel. In fact, SIGNAL’s Chinese guests noted that this was the largest group of senior level Chinese academics to ever attend any conference outside China.

Top-tier experts, opinion leaders and scholars from China and Israel were able to freely and openly discuss sensitive issues in foreign policy. Topics included bilateral counter-terrorism approaches, the spread of radical Islam, responses to revolutionary upheavals in the Middle East, ‘other nation’ interference in China-Israel bilateral relations, new strategies for natural resource exploitation in the Middle East and the influence of China’s foreign policy planning within the context of its economic development.

Briefings, and Delegation-SIGNAL Sino-Israeli Strategic Dialogues :

During 2012 SIGNAL conducted bi-monthly strategic dialogues in China with research institutes and academic institutions that provide analyses and policy recommendations to the Party and the government. The briefings provide a more accurate understanding of Israel and the region.

1.THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES (IISS) under The Party School of the Central Committee of the C.P.C – The Party School of the Communist Party of China (CCPS) is the most influential center in China. It provides advanced diplomatic training to all party officials and is currently headed by China’s next President Xi Jinping.

2. CHINA INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (CICIR) – Affiliated with China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) and overseen by the Central Committee of the Communist Party, CICIR, with over 400 researchers, is one of the leading institutes in China, providing policy recommendations to the State Council.

3.CHINESE ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (CASS), The Institute of West-Asian and African Studies and the Shanghai National Institute of International Strategy – CASS is a leading Chinese research center that provides policy recommendations to the State Council.

4. PLA CHINA STRATEGY CULTURE PROMOTION ASSOCIATION – Institute for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University – The China Strategy Culture Promotion
Association is a research institute under the direct auspices of the Central Military Commission, one of five main decision making bodies of China.

Studies Center provides original research in the field of international relations to its affiliated Xinhua News Agency and to China’s Politburo. Its research is supplied directly to the Communist Party’s leaders. The President of the Center personally advises the PRC’s Standing Committee of Nine, the body that runs China

6. CPC CHINA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY WORLD STUDIES (CCCWS) – As the research center for China’s National Security Office, it wields great influence in Foreign affairs decision-making. It’s Director General, H.E. Mr. Yu Hongjun, is also Deputy Minister of International Affairs of the Central Committee of CPC.



SIGNAL is advancing joint research and strategic briefings with universities and research centers across Israel and China:

Joint Research:

Transportation Energy Security and Oil Alternatives: This project is a joint effort among leaders in this field in China and Israel. SIGNAL, the Institute for International Strategic Studies (IISS) at the Central Party School (CCPS) and The Israeli Institute for Economic Planning (IEP) are researching the risks of oil dependency in relation to financial and political stability. The project is investigating the potential of Oil Alternative technologies.

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