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|Type||Research Organization; Think Tank|
|Affiliations||State Council of China|
|Chinese Academy of Social Sciences|
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), with historical origins in the Academia Sinica during the Republic of China era, is the premier and the most comprehensive academic research organization and national center in the People's Republic of China for study in the fields of philosophy and social sciences, with the obligation of advancing and innovating in the scientific researches of philosophy, social sciences and policies. It was described by Foreign Policy magazine as the top think tank in Asia. It is affiliated with the PRC's State Council.
The CASS was established in May 1977 with the aim of promoting the development of philosophy and social sciences. It was formed by separating 14 research units of the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The first president was Hu Qiaomu, and the current president is Wang Weiguang.
The CASS comprises five academic divisions:
It is made up of 35 research institutes:
CASS has also more than 90 research centers, and one graduate school (Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences). It is also in charge of 105 national academic communities throughout China.
CASS currently has over 3,200 resident scholars. CASS membership and honorary membership are both conferred for life and are the highest academic titles of the academy. There are 47 members and 95 honorary members.[when?]
The China Social Sciences Press (Chinese: 中国社会科学出版社; pinyin: Zhōngguó Shèhuì Kēxué Chūbǎnshè) was established in June 1978 under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and has published over 8,000 books since its inception.
Source: China Social Science Network