Jesus College’s Fellows are known for their wide-ranging international work. For instance, the College has a long history of interaction with China, stretching back to the 1940s. More recently, academics from a number of disciplines have become involved in research and other academic initiatives across Asia.
The China Centre achieves this aim by ‘using the past to serve the present’ (gu wei jin yong). Appreciating the history of China’s philosophy, politics, economy, society and culture enables a greater understanding of China today. The Centre organises seminars, workshops, and book launches, involving scholars, policy makers and business people.
The UK-China Global Issues Dialogue Centre seeks to deepen mutual understanding between China and the West by conducting research projects, convening events that promote international dialogue, and publishing findings on global issues where China, by virtue of the size of its population, economy and history, has an important potential role in solutions.
Elsewhere, the Cambridge Central Asia Forum collates Cambridge’s scholarly activities in Central Asia and the Caucasus, drawing the interest of the best interdisciplinary minds to engage in research in the region.
In South and Southeast Asia, academics from the University’s Institute of Criminology and Centre of Development Studies have worked with the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) to study the project to promote the rights of women in Thailand. This engagement in the region has been the forerunner to a larger policy engagement, which has seen Fellow of Jesus College, Dr. Shailaja Fennell, win an international bid, through Cambridge Enterprise, to lead over fifty international scholars in the writing of the first ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Development Report on Inclusion and Sustainability.
Collectively, these four initiatives further Cambridge’s academic engagement with Asia and, more broadly, deepen mutual understanding between Asia and the West.