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The department of Chinese Studies exists to address the demand for a well-rounded study of China beyond its language in a century in which the country has become a major power. It is contributing to Sinology by producing graduates with eclectic profundities in not only the Chinese language but also in Chinese culture, Chinese history, Chinese politics, Chinese philosophy, Chinese economy, Chinese foreign policy, etc.
The emergence of China as a world power has its attendant benefits and challenges. The department of Chinese Studies envisages a future in which its students, who are destined to become the first generation of African Sinologists with a profound knowledge and understanding of China, will provide the manpower and expertise Africa needs to harness those opportunities and confront the challenges.