About Us


The setting up of the Institute of China Studies (ICS) was proposed by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after his visit to China as the Deputy Prime Minister in September 2003. The Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia then directed the University of Malaya to prepare a proposal, leading to the establishment of the ICS on 5 December 2003.

The ICS, as the first research institute in the country with specific focus on China, serves as a resource centre and policy adviser to the Government, corporate sector and diplomatic corps on issues related to business political economy and strategic or bilateral relations.

While the primary focus of the ICS is on research involving mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, the institute also encourages the study of economic, political, social and cultural development involving ethnic Chinese communities, with a specific focus on Southeast Asia and Malaysia.

The ICS will encourage academic exchange programmes on issues of importance to the ICS, University of Malaya. The ICS will initiate and undertake joint research projects with foreign institutions, with particular emphasis on forging collaborative ties with members of the academia in China.

Mission and Vision


The mission of ICS is to develop and train professionals to provide leadership in managing successful bilateral and multilateral relationship involving China and Malaysia in an increasingly complex international environment. ICS seeks to be one of the leading centres of China Studies in Malaysia and the region, and also important bridge for networking and collaboration among scholars, teachers, students, entrepreneurs, intellectuals and government experts regionally and globally.


To be a primary academic institute focusing on the political, economic, foreign policy, social and cultural developments in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

  • To be an academic research organization dedicated to the advancement of scholarship on China's political, economic and social development in the regional and global contexts.
  • To focus on the study of China's integration in the global economy, in view of the growing investment and trade links between China and ASEAN, and their importance in sustaining economic growth and promoting stability in Asia.
  • To facilitate informed public policy debates, provide recommendations and conduct academic research on the regional and global impacts of China's political and socioeconomic development.
  • To serve as a resource centre and policy advisor to the government, corporate sector, and diplomatic corps on matters related to political economy, socioeconomic development, trade and business, as well as other social, economic, political and strategic issues crucial to the understanding of China and China-Malaysia relations.
  • To enhance collaborative research links with foreign institutions through academic exchange programmes and joint research projects focusing on China.
Contact Us
Institute of China Studies

Address :

4th Floor, Block B,
Institute of Graduate Studies (IPS Building),
University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur,

No Tel :

Tel : +603-7967 7288
Fax : +603-7967 4438

Email :

ICS Map-IPS Building
Last Update: December 23, 2017