With a history that dates back to 2006, the SISU Intercultural Institute (SII) is one of research institutes early established at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) with distictive international features. For the past 15 years, the institute has always upheld its value - Developing a Discipline to Develop People. Drawing on the university’s strengths in multi-language programs and multi-disciplinary resources, SII has integrated multi-disciplinary research in the cultivation of international-oriented talents, the development of intercultural communication (IC) reserach and international cooperation, and provided intercultural education, consulting, and training for schools, companies, and public institutions, forming a four in one development mode.
Standing in the forefront of intercultural research in China, SII has made remarkable achievements for 15 years. The institute has carried out many major research projects, publishing 27 papers in SSCI, more than 100 papers in Chinese academic journals, and over 20 academic monographs. It also has built a comprehensive curriculum for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, and published a series of IC textbooks that provides an innovative approach to IC education. With pioneering research into IC, the institute has published 10 volumes of Intercultural Research which focus on cutting-edge research on the intercultural field in a variety of areas and provided academic support for SFLEP Cup National College Students’ Intercultural Competence Contest (SNICC). And it’s MOOC course - “Intercultural Communication” - has been selected as one of the country’s first model MOOCs and won the first prize for Shanghai Teaching Achievement Award in 2018.
As one of research institutes at SISU, SII has developed advances in intercultural research to promote the development of first-class discipline at SISU. As an internationally recognized academic institution, the objectives of the SII are consistent with SISU’s guiding principles toward establishing an active and creative platform for the human development of internationalized graduates engaged in and contributing to our “global village”.