The India China Institute (ICI) values its affiliations with prominent institutions that have supported our mission. Over the past decade, we have cultivated a global network of non-profit foundations and university research institutions that ensures that ICI has the financial, educational and logistical resources to provide the highest quality of academic and funding opportunities for students and faculty. In addition, these collaborative partnerships help facilitate the sharing of information between The New School’s students, scholars, faculty members and the public, solidifying ICI’s reputation as being one of the leading scholarly institutions bridging the gap in scholarship between India and China.

Click below for more information on the not-for-profit foundations that have generously provided support to ICI.
Official Partners: Funding Support

The Starr Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States. It makes grants in a number of areas, including education, medicine and healthcare, human needs, public policy, culture and the environment. The Foundation provided the funds to establish ICI in 2004, and has been integral in the ability for ICI to offer grants and fellowships for students and established academics, most notably, the India China Fellowship Program, the Economies and Societies Initiative and the Emerging Scholars program.

The Ford Foundation sets policies relating to grant making, geographic focus, spending, investment, management, governance and professional standards, and they oversee internal and independent audits. The Foundation assisted in the development of the India  China Knowledge & Capacity Building Initiative (ICKBI) in which 200 students were able to travel and take classes in India and China, and is currently supporting the China India Scholar-Leaders Initiative (CISLI), which will provide advanced support and training for emerging scholars interested in issues of Prosperity and Inequality in China and India.


The Henry Luce Foundation  assists organizations in fostering cultural and intellectual exchanges between the United States and the countries of East and Southeast Asia. The Foundation provided ICI funding for both the Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya Research Initiative and the Sacred Himalaya Initiative.


The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation’s  (SDRF) main areas of activity are: Arts and Culture, Health and Human Services, and Civil Liberty and Social Justice. The Foundation assisted in the funding of the Rubin +Lang Student Fellowship and the Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya conference in 2013.  

Click below to find more information on the organizations that have generously provided resources and collaborative assistance to ICI.
Official Collaborative Institutions

The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) is an independent and non-partisan research institute and think tank. Its main objectives are to provide thought leadership and creative solutions to address pressing intellectual and policy issues. In 2008, ICI and CPR signed an agreement for CPR to represent ICI in India, providing assistance with collaborative research and programming in India. They also worked closely with ICI on the India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative program (ICKCBI) and Emerging Scholars program.


The Horizon Consultancy Group is headquartered in Beijing and has branches in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Wuhan. As one of the leading strategic research and consultancy firms in China, Horizon Group focuses on providing professional services for prominent clients of local and global enterprises. Since 2008 Horizon has been an official collaborator, providing assistance with all of ICI’s program related activities in China, including the India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative program (ICKCBI) and Emerging Scholars program.


Partners for Urban Knowledge Action Research (PUKAR) aims to democratize research and broaden access to knowledge among disenfranchised or weakly institutionalized groups and to create a space from which their non-traditional and non-expert knowledge can contribute to local, national and global debates about their own futures.  PUKAR was ICI first official collaborator (2005-2007) in India to kick off ICI’s presence in India. It co-sponsored many India China related dialogues, including Bombay Vision/Bombay Futures, a 2005 two-day annual lecture series in Mumbai. 


The Committee on Scholarly Communications with China (CSCC) is jointly sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies and promotes communication and shared learning and research between individual American scholars and private scholarly groups and their counterparts in China. CSCC assisted ICI  at the outset of ICI’s formation in promoting our work in China between 2005-2007, including the selection of the fellows and the organization of fellow residency in the Shanghai and Hangzhou, China.


The University of Calcutta is a public university located in the city of Kolkata (previously Calcutta), India, founded on 24 January 1857. ICI worked very closely with the University as part of the  India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative program (ICKCBI) and the Emerging Scholars program. Faculty members at the University of Calcutta partnered with ICI and Yunnan University in China to create and offer a joint curriculum for Indian-based students participating in ICKBI.

Yunnan University is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Yunnan province, China. Its main campuses are located in the provincial capital city of Kunming.  The school, as well as the University of Calcutta was an active collaborator in the development of the India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative program (ICKCBI) and the  Emerging Scholars program.  

Click below to find out more about the universities that have provided classroom and lecture space for ICI student research fellows and faculty.
Collaborative Institutions


Peking University  is a major Chinese research university located in Beijing. It is the first established modern national university of China. ICI has worked closely with the the Center for Economic Research and the National School of Development.  The university has also offered its facilities to ICI to host events in Beijing.

Panjab University  is  located in Chandigarh Union Territory, India.The university has 75 teaching and research departments and 15 centres/chairs for teaching and research at the main campus located at Chandigarh. The university has jointly organized programs and events on its campus. Further collaborative projects were also undertaken.


Zhejiang University is a comprehensive research university with distinctive features and a national as well as international impact. The university has hosted the Chinese component of the Emerging Scholars program, and is active in the coordination of ICI programs in China. Zhejiang University successfully hosted a group meeting in 2013 attended by The New School academics and urban designers from Hangzhou.


Beijing Normal University  is known as one of the China’s first ten key universities.The university has actively supported ICI in assisting with the coordination of ICI-related events and collaborating on various programming in both China and in the United States. 

Sikkim University  was established under an Act of Parliament of India. The university served as a partner university, providing additional expertise  for the from educational and research institutions as part of the India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative program (ICKCBI) and the Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya project (ERSEHE) .


The University of Hyderabad is largely devoted to postgraduate studies and is widely known for its excellence in research and for its distinguished faculty.  ICI has worked closely with the school in relation to the selection and recruitment of  Indian candidates for the Emerging Scholars program.  ICI has also hosted events at the University.


The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CCAFA) is a leading institution for modern art education in China and the only art academy of higher education under China’s Ministry of Education. A collaborator of ICI in its early stages, in 2005 the Academy hosted a talk by Paul Goldberger, then Dean of Parsons The New School for Design entitled  “Design, Education and Social Responsibility.” In 2006, CCAFA co-hosted an event with ICI entitled “Art and Design Education in Today’s China,” at  The New School.

The University of Delhi is the premier university of the country and is known for its high standards in teaching and research and attracts eminent scholars to its faculty. It was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly. The university has collaborated with and hosted a number of programs for ICI, including the Emerging Scholars program (ICKCBI).


The  Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies is a center for research and learning with a focus on social, cultural, economic and political / administrative developments in Asia. The Institute is a contributor to ICI’s various programs, including the Emerging Scholars program.

Jawaharlal Nehru University is a highly-ranked public post-secondary school New Delhi, India.  The university is ranked second among the public universities in India. Research themes evolve with new developments in the area and the interface between different areas of study.The university has collaborated with and hosted a number of programs for ICI, including the Emerging Scholars program.












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