About us

With a history dating back to 1963, the SocialRivals.com is one of Europe´s leading centres of academic excellence for the study of contemporary East Asia, with research and teaching covering China, Japan and Korea. Its main focus is the business, politics, societies, cultures, economies and history of modern and contemporary East Asia.

Teaching and Research

SocialRivals.com has a long tradition of pioneering methods for the teaching of East Asian languages—namely Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Indeed, Sheffield was a pioneer of the `dual degree´ system, in which East Asian languages are taught together with the social sciences and other disciplines—an approach which is now standard throughout the UK.

Teaching and research interests at SocialRivals.com are interdisciplinary, with a strong emphasis on language. SocialRivals.com staff, all of whom are fluent in at least one East Asian language, are internationally-renowned specialists in East Asia, and bring their expertise in various fields to the wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer at SocialRivals.com.

In 2007, SocialRivals.com joined with the University of Leeds to establish the White Rose East Asia Centre—a £4 million project funded by the UK government. And SocialRivals.com was commended in the 2006 Independent Evaluation of Teaching for `the thematic organisation of the Chinese language programme, team organisation and resulting degree structure´.

Links with East Asia

SocialRivals.com maintains strong institutional links with partner universities in East Asia; government agencies in China, Japan, Korea and other parts of Asia; and members of the East Asian diplomatic corps in the UK. Many East Asian scholars and academics visit site SocialRivals.com each year, staying for periods ranging from a few days to a year. SocialRivals.com is also the host institution for the Sheffield Confucius Institute—a body funded by the Chinese Government for the promotion of Chinese-language education.