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CCLC Milestones

  • The Centre for Chinese Language and Culture (CCLC) was established in 1994 under the President’s Office. The Centre offered around 50 courses related to Chinese language and culture which students may take as general elective subjects.
  • CCLC launched a journal: The Nantah Journal in Chinese Language and Culture (《南大语言文化学报》) and a book series: The Nantah Series in Chinese Language and Culture (《南大语言文化丛书》).
  • CCLC started recruiting its first batch of postgraduate students for MA and PhD programmes.
  • The Tan Lark Sye Professorship in Chinese Language and Culture was established. A sum of 1.9m was raised and donated by the Association of Nanyang University Graduates for the Professorship fund, and the fund in turn received a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Government. Former President of Singapore, Mr Ong Teng Cheong was the officiating guest at the ceremony for the establishment of the professorship.
  • Former Singapore Prime Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong, paid visit to CCLC and was introduced to CCLC’s research and teaching programmes by former CCLC Director Professor Chew Cheng Hai.
  • CCLC launched minor programme in Chinese.
  • CCLC joined the HSS family upon the School’s establishment. CCLC ’s teaching responsibilities were transferred to the Division of Chinese and CCLC continued to focus on research and publications.

  • In celebration of the ten anniversary of its establishment, CCLC hosted the “International Conference on National Boundaries & Cultural Configurations”. Former Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew was the officiating guest for the opening ceremony of the conference. 130 scholars from all over the world participated in this conference, and 119 papers were presented during the conference.


  • CCLC launched the International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Overseas (IJDCS) (《华人研究国际学报》). This journal is jointly published by Centre for Chinese Language & Culture, Nanyang Technological University; Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Manchester; Centre for Overseas Chinese Research, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; and Global Publishing of World Scientific Publishing.
  • CCLC launched the Tan Lark Sye Professorship in Chinese Language and Culture Public Lecture Series (《陈六使中华语言文化教授基金公开演讲系列》). Each book under this series is a collection of the lectures and Q&A transcripts delivered by the respective invited Tan Lark Sye Professor.
  • CCLC organised a commemorative event for the 40th anniversary of the passing of Nantah’s founders, Mr Tan Lark Sye. The event was titled “Transmitting Cultures and Nurturing Talents: The 40th Anniversary of the Passing of Tan Lark Sye”, and was co-organized with Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore Press Holdings, and The Association of Nanyang University Graduates. Singapore Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Finance Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam was the Guest-of-Honour and delivered the opening speech for this event.


  • In celebration of the 20th anniversary of CCLC and the 10th anniversary of HSS, CCLC and HSS co-organized the International Conference on "New Horizons of Diasporic Chinese Studies: Evolving Themes, Changing Frameworks, Future Directions". The two-day conference included 36 presentations by academics from 13 regions, including United States of America, Canada, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Turkey, China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia.