Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Address: 5, Jianguomennei Dajie, Beijing

Post code: 100732

Telephone: (010) 85195999 (operator)


Brief Introduction

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS ),an institution directly under the State Council and the highest academic research organization in the fields of philosophy and social sciences, is a national center for comprehensive studies in the People’s Republic of China. CASS was established in May 1977 growing out of the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. It has four past presidents, namely, Professor Hu Qiaomu, Professor Ma Hong, Professor Hu Sheng and Professor Li Tieying. The present president is Professor Chen Kuiyuan.

CASS consists of 32 research institutes, 3 research centers and a graduate school. The research areas cover as many as 300 disciplines, among which 120 are of key ones. Now CASS has a total of 3,045 research staff members, of whom 1,531 have senior professional titles, and 909 intermediate professional titles.

Basic Mission

To make Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong thought and Deng Xiaoping theory as a guiding principle, to follow the rule of development of sciences, to carry out in-depth research in the fields of social sciences and the humanities, to inherit and carry forward the excellent historical and cultural heritage of the Chinese nation, and to absorb and enrich the spiritual wealth of the human society.

To promote research and to undertake and fulfill key state research projects in light of China’s national conditions, economic and social development strategies and the trends; to organize academic exchange between the Academy and the foreign countries, and also Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, in accordance with relevant policies and guidelines of the CPC and of the country; to provide information on academic and research forefront and on newly emerging theories, and provide important research papers and policy suggestions to the CPC Central Committee and the State Council; and to reflect the new trends of the academic communities.

The Leadership of CASS

President: Chen Kuiyuan


The Setup of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 

I. Administrative organs:

General Office:

To assist CASS leadership to carry out comprehensive, coordinative, supervisory and examinational work and to serve as external liaison office on behalf of CASS; to be responsible for aggregate statistical work of all plans; to be responsible for organization of meetings, correspondence, secretariat, archive keeping, documentation, reception of petition letters, external communication and publicity; to provide in-time important information to the CPC Central Committee and State Council on academic research and new theories; to be responsible for the compilation of CASS Review; and to undertake tasks of investigations.

To be responsible for drawing up rules and regulations for the work of safety and political security of the Academy; to inspect and supervise the safety and security work of all institutions under CASS; to coordinate and guide internal safety measures in CASS and to prevent and handle criminal cases and public security accidents; to be responsible for supervision over and check-up on fire control; to investigate and handle relevant important cases and accidents in cooperation with state law enforcement agencies; and to be responsible for the security work of important meetings.

Bureau of Scientific Research Management:

To be responsible for drawing up annual, mid-term and long-term research plans and for organization of important research projects; to keep abreast of new research trends and raise proposals for research directions, allocation of tasks and resources; to examine and verify plans of the research institutes and organize appraisal and prize-jury for important research publications; to organize interdisciplinary events and conferences, to assess and employ senior professionals and evaluate overall plans and important programs for academic exchange with foreign countries, and to be responsible for CASS degrees granting in education ; to be responsible for allocation of funds for key research projects and manage publication funds; to be responsible for the management of all kinds of learned societies, associations and foundations under CASS; to examine and verify the creation, adjustment and annual check of academic journals under CASS, to compile Academic Trends and Social Sciences Management; and to be responsible for external liaison concerning research and its publicity.

Bureau of Personnel and Education:

To be responsible for drawing up rules and regulations and manage human resources of the Academy; to be entrusted by the Leading Party Group of the Academy to be responsible for personnel management of CASS administrative organs and institutions, and also for cadres at the bureau/institute and division levels; to be responsible for recruitment, assignment, assessment, appointment and dismissal, promotion, reward and punishment, wages, social security, labor protection, retirement, political policy education for visitors to foreign countries; to be responsible for the personnel files and data system; to be responsible for the CASS organization setup, overall size, aggregate payroll and personnel planning; to be responsible for posts assessment of professionals and for selection of quality researchers; to be responsible for the management of post-doctoral stations; to direct personnel exchange; and to be responsible for on-the-job training, continuous education and examination for promotion.

Bureau of International Cooperation:

To be responsible for drawing up rules and regulations and concrete measures for international cooperation and exchange for the Academy; to be responsible for the planning, coordinating and executing of academic exchange between the Academy and the foreign countries; to organize and coordinate the work of foreign affairs of the Academy; to maintain relevant records and archival material of external communication; to undertake academic exchange with the foreign countries at the Academy level; to coordinate academic exchange between the Academy and Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.

Bureau of Finance, Capital Construction and Planning:

To be responsible for assets management and funds of the Academy, for financial plans, purchase plans, mid-term, long-term and annual plans for capital construction, plans for and executing house renovation; to be responsible for management of CASS assets and properties; to be responsible for internal audit of finance; to provide guidance over logistic work of the Academy; and to be responsible for the finance work of the administrative organs directly under the Academy.

Bureau of Work for Veteran Cadres:

To take care of veteran cadres in accordance with the responsibilities designated by different ministries of the State Council.

CPC Committee for Administrative Organs:

To publicize and implement resolutions of the CPC Central Committee and Party organizations of higher levels and to guide institutions directly under the Academy to carry out ideological, organizational, style of work and institutional building; to organize Party members of study seriously Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thinking of “Three Represents”, to study the Party’s line, guidelines and policies and to give full scope to the role of combat bastion of the Party organization and the exemplary vanguard role of Party members; to conduct strict education and management over Party members and to ensure that the rights of Party members are not encroached upon; to educate, foster and assess those enthusiasts willing the join the Party and to recruit new members into the Party; to supervise and urge Party organizations of institutions directly under the Academy to carry out the work of selection of new leadership in accordance with relevant stipulations and to provide guidance to Party organizations of institutions directly under the Academy to carry out ideological and political work for Party members and the general public; to assist the Leading Party Group to exercise management over leaders of Party organizations and mass organizations of the Academy; to lead the mass organizations of the trade union, the Communist Youth League and women’s working committee and so on and to support them in carrying out work independently in accordance with their respective constitutions; to implement the united front policies of the Party and to unite democratic and non-Party personages; and to fulfill every task assigned by the Working Committee of Central State Organizations and the Leading Party Group of the Academy.

Supervision Bureau:

To be responsible for the supervision over institute/bureau cadres of all institutions of the Academy; to exercise supervision over and check-up on the observation and implementation of laws and regulations of the country and rules and regulations and decisions of the Academy by all institutions and staff of the Academy; to be responsible for putting forward suggestions and proposals for the construction of a clean, honest and diligent administration in the Academy, drawing up relevant regulations and organizing implementation with the approval of the Leading Party Group or Presidium of the Academy; to accept charges against and reports on acts of violation of administrative discipline by institutions and staff of the Academy; to investigate and handle acts of violation of administrative discipline by institutions and staff of the Academy; to accept appeals from institutions and staff of the Academy who refuse to obey decisions of disciplinary sanction, and other appeals that should be accepted by the supervision body as stipulated by laws and regulations; to improve supervision organizations at all levels of the Academy and to conduct training for supervisors; to fulfill every task assigned by the Leading Party Group, the Presidium and discipline inspection and supervision bodies of higher levels; and to perform other duties as stipulated by relevant laws and administrative laws and regulations. 

II. Research institutes:

Institute of Economics, Institute of Industrial Economics, Institute of Rural Development, Institute of Finance and Trade Economics, Institute of Finance and Banking, Institute of Quantitative and Technical Economics, Institute of Population and Labor Economics, Center for Urban Development and Environment, Institute of Archaeology, Institute of History (The Guo Moruo Museum), Institute of Modern History, Institute of World History, Center for Chinese Borderland History and Geography, Institute of Taiwan Studies, Institute of Literature, Institute of Ethnic Literature, Institute of Foreign Literature, Institute of Linguistics, Institute of Philosophy, Institute of Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought, Institute of World Religions, Institute of Law, Center for International Law, Institute of Political Science, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Institute of Sociology, Institute of Journalism and Media, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Institute of Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, Institute of European Studies, Institute of West Asian and African Studies, Institute of Latin-American Studies, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Institute of American Studies and Institute of Japanese Studies. 

III. Institutions directly under CASS:

Center for Services, Center for Computer and Network, Library (Center for Documentation and Information), Center for Personnel Training and Exchange, Graduate School, China Social Sciences Publishing House, Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House, Editorial Office of Social Sciences in China. 

IV. Corporations directly under the Academy:

Corporation for Promotion and Development of the Humanities, China Economic and Technical Consulting Corporation 

V. Associate units:

Institute of Contemporary China, Office of Guiding Group for China’s Local Chronicles Compilation 


Notice: The English version of is under construction. 

Updated: Dec. 24, 2009