The School of International Studies
The School of International Studies (SIS), Renmin University of China, is one of the earliest institutes engaging in the teaching and research of political science and international affairs. Thanks to the enduring efforts made by generations of scholars in the past six decades, the School has built up a reputation with strong academic traditions and accumulated invaluable historical experiences. As a result, the SIS has become a leading and influential teaching and research base in the fields of political science and international studies in China. In 2008 and 2012, the first-tier discipline evaluations organized by China Academic Degrees Graduate Education Development Center, awarded the SIS amongst first-tier disciplines, first place in social sciences.
The SIS has its roots in the Department of Diplomacy and Basic Teaching and Research Section of Marxism-Leninism (BTRSM), founded in 1950. The SIS is composed of three departments and various research institutes and centers, including the Department of Political Science, Department of International Politics, Department of Diplomacy, Institute of World Socialism Studies, Institute of Russia, East Europe and Central Asian Studies, Center of European Studies and other teaching and research units. The School also has a number of project-oriented centers, including Institute for Foreign Affairs Studies, Center for United Nations Studies, Center for Civil Servant Studies, Center for International Energy and Environment Strategy Studies, Center for American Studies, Institute of Comparative Politics and Economics.
The faculty at SIS has a long history of facilitating academic discussion, research, and contribution to public policy and international affairs. Consequently, this has created a distinguished faculty with renowned scholars and researchers. The School has 75 faculty members, including 27 professors, 31 associate professors, 17 assistant professors. Among the faculty, 69 members are PhD holders, of whom 19 earned theirs from universities abroad. In addition to faculty, there are 14 administrative staff members. In terms of size of faculty and staff, the SIS is one of the largest university-based institutes in the field of international relations in China. A significant number of domestic and international famous scholars have been granted the titles of honorary doctorates, chair, guest, and adjunct professor. The SIS is proud of its excellent faculty, as evident in the faculty’s contribution to public policy in China and around the world.