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: