Once hailed as the "Mecca for China Studies", the Universities Service Centre was established in 1963 to serve Western academics and budding scholars engaged in the study of contemporary China. Becoming part of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1988 and now renamed The Universities Service Centre for China Studies (USC), it has expanded its services to include Hong Kong, mainland Chinese as well as international scholars. Today the Centre has grown into a vibrant, forward-looking institution renowned for its professional competence, friendly atmosphere, and the stimulating luncheon talks, which attract many local and international scholars of diverse backgrounds and interests. Above all, it prides itself on one of the most extensive and accessible Collection of a great variety of materials on contemporary China.
Some of its high-lights include:
The Center would provide gratis library services as well as assistance with visa applications and lodging arrangements, and can offer a limited number of small study rooms and carrels for long-term users, who would enjoy not only its academic offerings but also the many homely gatherings and weekend excursions to country parks.
The Missions of USC include: