As the first academic organization in China and the world, named after Wellington Koo (GU Weijun, 1887-1985 ), a prominent Chinese diplomat and statesman, and devoted to the study of modern China as part of world history, the Wellington Koo Institute serves as a platform aiming to promote domestic and international academic exchange in the China field, international history, and global affairs.
Watch Wellington Koo's speech at the Far East Conference in Brussels in 1937. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20nn6fPunTw
The Institute functions within the governance and policy structures of Shanghai University's College of Liberal Arts. Together with its partners, it actively involves in multidisciplinary teaching at the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. levels of Chinese history, world history, global studies, and international relations and diplomacy degree programs. Its members conduct original research on the interconnection between modern and contemporary China and other countries. The Wellington Koo Institute is in close partnership with the Department of History, the Institute for Global Studies, the Center for Global Governance, and the Center for Religion and Chinese Society at Shanghai University.