The intellectual salon is a rara avis among those outside China who would come to grips with that country’s complex socio-political, regional and economic topography. TOChina offers a unique educational salon for engaged young scholars and professionals from various backgrounds in which they can learn about, discuss and debate the presence of China on the global stage. A salon with edge and purpose like the TOChina Summer School prepares participants for the real world of China today and tomorrow.

Prof. Geremie Barmé

TOChina engaged me in dialogues with both leading experts and young scholars of China studies in a truly multicultural context, where I made lifelong friends who share my own vision and passion for this field of research. The TOChina Summer School is indeed an empowering experience.

Ms. Wang Gerui 王格睿 (TOChina alumna 2012)

In June 2017, 62 PhD candidates, graduate students, young scholars and professionals gathered in Torino for the 10th edition of the TOChina Summer Schooltwo high-powered weeks of advanced training in the politics, political economy and foreign policy of contemporary China.

A blog post on The China Story captures the essence of the program, where emerging China hands and China-literate practitioners from Australia, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Pakistan, Romania, the UK, and the USA were welcomed to one of Italy’s most dynamic cities, being exposed to valuable insights and cutting-edge research agendas by some of the world’s most accomplished scholars on contemporary China.

The 12th edition of the School will run in Torino from Monday June 25th to Friday July 6th, 2018.

As ever with TOChina activities, the aim is to work at the intersection between China’s long-term structural transformations in socio-political, economic and cultural terms, and those particularly salient trends that are currently informing international debates on China.

To ensure the pluralism of disciplinary and intellectual perspectives presented throughout the course, TOChina Summer School faculty members are academics and policy experts from a variety of fields, including Economics, Economic History, International Relations, International Political Economy, Political Philosophy and Culture, Political Science, and Sociology.

In-class activities – including lectures, seminars, round tables, and extensive Q&A sessions – run Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.  The TOChina Summer School is held at the “Luigi Einaudi” Campus of the University of Torino (described as one the world’s “10 most spectacular university buildings“) and at the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) headquarters.

The 2018 TOChina Summer School is suitable not only for participants wishing to study the domestic aspects of China’s politics, but also for those who intend to explore the rapidly evolving dynamics of Asian and global geopolitics and economics. For those looking for insights into future career options, the TOChina Summer School offers a unique opportunity to engage in lively debates with senior scholars who are often in charge of PhD programs in their country, and affiliated to a variety of organizations. The informal sessions participants join to acquire greater knowledge of the work of TOChina faculty members are a trademark of TOChina’s hands-on approach to the study of contemporary China. 

Details of the program are available on this website, with information being updated weekly. Applications will be accepted starting on Monday February 26th, until Friday June 1stApplications will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis. To apply, please fill the online application form.

Several scholarships covering tuition fees, accommodation, and meals are available. Please check the eligibility criteria for the Zerotasse and Freetorino scholarships here.”

After you leave

Several alumni of the TOChina Summer School have started pursuing – or have already been awarded – PhD degrees at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, while others have kick-started rewarding careers in global institutions, NGOs and professional organizations. Many have moved to mainland China, either on a temporary or permanent basis.

Across editions, TOChina alumni keep in touch with fellow participants and members of faculty in Torino. Information on international scholarships, academic opportunities and jobs are routinely circulated within this global network of dynamic China hands. 

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