Calendar 2000–01

In keeping with the University’s distinctive educational mission of promoting cultural exchange between East and West, an International Asian Studies Programme was introduced in the University in 1977 with the support of the Yale-China Association. This programme is open to a selected number of students, research scholars and academic staff from overseas who wish to take advantage of the University’s academic resources and research facilities in the broad area of Chinese and Asian studies, including the Chinese language training programme offered by the New Asia Yale-in-China Chinese Language Centre. The International Asian Studies Programme (IASP) is coordinated by the Office of International Studies Programmes and is fully integrated into the regular academic structure of the University. Programme participants from overseas and local students live in the same hostels. All courses offered at the University, except those by the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Education, courses of the Intensive Programme in Putonghua, Cantonese and English, and Putonghua courses offered for CUHK degree candidates, are open to IASP participants, subject to quota limitation, participants’ language proficiency, and availability of University resources. The programme itself also offers elective courses in Asian and Chinese studies which are taught in English. There are three categories of participants: (1) associate students: undergraduate and postgraduate students taking a full load (12–18 units per term) of University courses; (2) associate research students: graduate students primarily undertaking research or writing their master’s theses or doctoral dissertations; and (3) special scholars: academic staff members or other learned scholars, normally of postdoctoral status, pursuing research, refresher or advanced courses. The programme spans one academic year (September to May). Application for single-term participation is subject to availability of places. Previous course work on Chinese language or Asian studies is not required for admission, but undergraduate applicants must normally have completed at least two terms of university study and graduate applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree. Associate research students and special scholars with research or scholarly interest in China or Asian studies are especially welcome. I nternational Asian Studies Programme