Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

New Funding Targets Greater Understanding Of China, Japan, Eastern Europe And Arabic-Speaking World

02.06.2006


Today, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) announce the launch of five new collaborative centres as part of their joint £25million Language Based Area Studies initiative.



The initiative aims to create a world class cadre of researchers who will enhance the UK’s understanding of the Arabic-speaking world, China, Japan and Eastern Europe, including areas of the former Soviet Union. Understanding these areas is of cultural, political and economic importance to the UK. The development of the necessary language skills alongside the development of an in-depth understanding of these regions will be central to the work of the centres.

New networks of collaboration are also being established through the five centres with universities coming together to share expertise. Each of them will be directly investing in studentships and other academic positions at post-doctoral levels creating structured career opportunities and encouraging the next generation of highly skilled researchers into language based area studies.


The five new centres to be funded through the initiative are:

• Lead by Dr Frank Pieke, the British Interuniversity China Centre (BICC) sees the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Manchester combine forces to develop the UK’s premier teaching and research facility on China.

• Based at the University of Glasgow, Richard Berry will lead a collaboration of St Andrew’s University and the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Paisley, Strathclyde, Newcastle and Nottingham to establish a research centre looking at Eastern Europe and Russia.

• Professor Robert Hillenbrand of the University of Edinburgh will head up the centre studying the Arabic-speaking world in partnership with the Universities of Durham and Manchester.

• The Universities of Leeds and Sheffield will work together, lead by Professor Victor King to create an international centre of excellence in research and training on Japan and China.

• At UCL, Professor George Kolankiewicz will work with the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham to establish the Centre for East European and Former Soviet Union Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS).

In a joint statement the Chief Executives of the funding bodies said, “We are delighted that working with other funders we have been able to establish partnerships that will invigorate language skills across the diverse range of research that makes up area studies. These five new centres are a solid investment that will help to develop and enhance the research base within area studies, ensuring that it contributes fully to the economic development and quality of life for the people of the UK and beyond.”

Alexandra Saxon | alfa
Further information:
http://www.esrc.ac.uk

More articles from Social Sciences:

nachricht Amazingly flexible: Learning to read in your thirties profoundly transforms the brain
26.05.2017 | Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften

nachricht Fixating on faces
26.01.2017 | California Institute of Technology

All articles from Social Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene

Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new use for these "bubbly" concoctions that will have major impact on the manufacturer of the world's thinnest, flattest, and one most useful materials -- graphene.

As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced "wonder" material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind,...

Im Focus: Exotic quantum states made from light: Physicists create optical “wells” for a super-photon

Physicists at the University of Bonn have managed to create optical hollows and more complex patterns into which the light of a Bose-Einstein condensate flows. The creation of such highly low-loss structures for light is a prerequisite for complex light circuits, such as for quantum information processing for a new generation of computers. The researchers are now presenting their results in the journal Nature Photonics.

Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are...

Im Focus: Circular RNA linked to brain function

For the first time, scientists have shown that circular RNA is linked to brain function. When a RNA molecule called Cdr1as was deleted from the genome of mice, the animals had problems filtering out unnecessary information – like patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders.

While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the...

Im Focus: RAVAN CubeSat measures Earth's outgoing energy

An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's climate.

The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat was launched into low-Earth orbit on Nov. 11, 2016, in order to test new...

Im Focus: Scientists shine new light on the “other high temperature superconductor”

A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of the coexistence of superconductivity and “charge-density-waves” in compounds of the poorly-studied family of bismuthates. This observation opens up new perspectives for a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity, a topic which is at the core of condensed matter research since more than 30 years. The paper by Nicoletti et al has been published in the PNAS.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, superconductivity had been observed in some metals at temperatures only a few degrees above the absolute zero (minus...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Call for Papers – ICNFT 2018, 5th International Conference on New Forming Technology

16.08.2017 | Event News

Sustainability is the business model of tomorrow

04.08.2017 | Event News

Clash of Realities 2017: Registration now open. International Conference at TH Köln

26.07.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

New bioimaging technique is fast and economical

21.08.2017 | Medical Engineering

Silk could improve sensitivity, flexibility of wearable body sensors

21.08.2017 | Materials Sciences

On the way to developing a new active ingredient against chronic infections

21.08.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>