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The European Studies Center (ESC)

The European Studies Center (ESC) at CFAU was established on February 21, 1994, mainly bearing the research and teaching tasks on European Studies. Its present director is Dr. ZHAO Huaipu (Professor of International Relations at CFAU). The Center advances academic education and research in various disciplines, and provides services to policy-makers, scholars and the general public.

In the past years, the Center adhered to its tradition and strong points in the comprehensive study of the EU and European integration. It specifically explores EU institutions, policies and law within the context of globalization and global governance, including a focus on the EU in international affairs and institutions.


Currently there are about 10 full-time research fellows from CFAU, including Professor Zhu Liqun, Professor Zhao Huaipu, Professor Chen Zhirui, Professor Xiong Wei, Dr. Su Mingzhong and Dr. He Gang. All the fellows have the PhD degree in Political Science, Law, and economics in China or abroad. All of them had experiences of studying abroad, especially in Europe, and 4 of them studied or worked in Chinese Embassies abroad for more than 2 years. 

Projects & Activities

In recent years , the ESC has organized and implemented research projects such as the development of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy and its impact on China-EU relations, Common European Defense and Its influence on European-American relations; Comparative study of EU and NATO Eastward Enlargements, in particular, the two enlargements and their impacts on the triangular relations among Europe, America and Russia; European Union’s arms embargo on China; Influence of EU Eastward Enlargement on Sino-European economic and trade relations; the European debt crisis and its impact on European integration; EU system of civil and commercial jurisdiction; Britain and European integration; Contemporary history of US-European relations, European and U.S. Responses to China’s Rise: Theory, Strategy, and Interaction; and Assessment of ASEM process.

The ESC has been actively engaged in joint research activities with European partners, such as Asia Link Program (as a partner) and the Program for Improvement of teaching International negotiations. The ESC also has hosted various kinds of academic conferences and seminars, such as Sino-European Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: Retrospect and Prospect and the EU-U.S. Relations after the Iraq War. The Center also undertakes the whole teaching program on EU and European integration. A fairly comprehensive curriculum system for EU and European integration has been established. The main courses include: Studies on European Union and European Integration, Politics and Diplomacy of European Union, Studies on European Economy, Studies on Sino-French & Sino-European Relations; Studies on EU-U.S. Relations, and European Union Law. The type of course is various. The courses are mainly designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students.