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University of Oxford China Centre

St Hugh’s launched a very ambitious campaign to raise funds for a new building in 2008. Construction started in October 2012 and will be completed in next month. You can find out more about the building work on our dedicated China Centre page. The new building will house the University of Oxford China Centre and will provide the College with enough additional bedrooms to house many more of our graduate students as well as our undergraduate students on site.  

Key Facts:

    • The China Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre focussed on all aspects of Chinese Culture, with 45 world class academics and high profile, ground breaking research projects, focussed on diverse areas such as Chinese business, ancient history and art, global health, the environment and energy issues.

    • The work of the Centre will improve Western understanding of Chinese culture and contribution to society and provide opportunities for meaningful exchange with academics and scholars in Chinese universities and experts in this area from across the globe.

    • Recognising the importance of the University of Oxford China Centre’s work, the University has committed plans to house this currently virtual centre, in a new purpose built state of the art building.

    • The building will be housed on the beautiful fourteen and a half acre site at St Hugh’s College.

    • The total cost of the new building will be £21 million, of which nearly £20 million has already been raised. Hong-Kong based philanthropist Dickson Poon CBE donated £10 million towards the creation of the building.

    • The new building will be 6673m2, over five floors, contain a state of the art lecture theatre, a communal Chinese courtyard, a library, two language laboratories, four seminar rooms and 69 offices.  Planning permission has been obtained and architects have been appointed.

    • In its current state, the University of Oxford China Centre is the largest Centre of its kind outside of North America. With plans to expand further with a new building and further posts and scholarships, the China Centre will become the largest centre of its kind outside of China itself.


    For more information, please visit the University of Oxford China Centre website. Please email Caroline Kukura, Acting Director of Development, if you would like to support the building.