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Research Centre for Italian Culture


The historical and cultural interaction between China and Italy is a fascinating and important chapter in the history of Sino-Western cultural exchange. In view of this, Dr. Richard Man-fai Lee and Dr. Thomas In-sing Leung proposed to establish a Research Centre to conduct academic research in this field.


Lanzhou University, founded in 1909 and situated at Lanzhou, an important resource provision centre for surrounding key military posts along the ancient Silk Road, was chosen to be the home of the Centre because of its rich historical resources and prestigious status as the best national comprehensive university in Northwestern China and one of China’s top ten Ph.D. program providers.


The establishment of the Center is aimed at promoting cultural and historical exchange between China and Italy through cultural research and academic exchange, especially to learn from the historical experience of the Italian Renaissance to inspire China’s own spirit of New Age Renaissance.


It is also aimed at arranging Italian language learning opportunities for students and scholars in the Mainland to facilitate their long-term academic research and studies on Chinese and Italian cultural exchange and Renaissance studies.


On the 6th of November, 2010, the Inauguration Ceremony of Lanzhou University's Research Centre for Italian Culture (RCIC) was held at Lanzhou University's landmark historical library building, Jishitang. The Ambassador of Italy to the PRC, Hon. Riccardo Sessa, First Secretary (Commerce) of the Italian Embassy in Beijing, Mr. Alessandro De Masi, Chairman of the China Renaissance Education Foundation, Dr. Richard Lee, CRRS President, Dr. Leung In Sing, Party Secretary of Lanzhou University, Mr. Wang Hansong, Deputy Director-General of Gansu Province's Education Department, Ms. Wang Ping and Vice-principal of Lanzhou University delivered their speeches respectively.


On the 7th of May, 2011, China Renaissance Education Foundation Chairman, Dr. Richard Lee, CRRS President, Dr. Leung In Sing, Lanzhou University Social Sciences Divistion Head, Prof. Chen Wenjiang, Dean of Lanzhou University Foreign Languages Department, Prof. Yuan Honggeng and CRRS Researcher, Mr. Kwong Yu Tao arrived in Yongchang, Gansu to conduct field research regarding the geographical and historical background of the alleged Roman Legions in China.

1. Governing Committee

ChairmanProf. Chen FahuVice-principal, Lanzhou University
Dr. Richard M.F. LeeChairman, Research Base for Italian Culture, CRRS (HK) Chairman, Wo Kee Hong (Group) Ltd.
MembersZhang ZhengguoDirector, President Office, Lanzhou University
Dr. Thomas In-sing LeungPresident, CRRS
Prof. Chen WenjiangHead, Dept. of Social Sciences, Lanzhou University
Ms. Clara ChingChief Executive, CRRS (HK)

Executive Committee

ChairmanDr. Yuan HonggengDean of the School of Foreign Languages and Literature
Executive DirectorProf. Li ChuangtongSchool of Philosophy and Sociology, Lanzhou University
Deputy Executive DirectorMs. Law WaichingCRRS(HK) Development Manager
Research TeamProf. Chen ZhengyiSchool of History and Culture, Lanzhou University
Prof. Han SiyiSchool of Philosophy and Sociology, Lanzhou University
Dr. Liu JihuaSchool of History and Culture, Lanzhou University
Dr. Yang FenggangSchool of Philosophy and Sociology, Lanzhou University
Dr. Ji QinghongSchool of History and Culture, Lanzhou University