The Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) is affiliated to the Department of Modern Languages and represents the study centre for South Asian Humanities within the University of Kelaniya. It is a collaborative interdisciplinary Centre devoted to the study of Chinese that focuses mostly on history, politics, social sciences, and culture.
The (CCS) understands 'culture' in the broadest possible way. It explores all its manifestations, from language and literature to film and the media, from pop culture and everyday experience to religion, philosophy and science. The (CCS) incorporates all disciplinary approaches relevant to the critical study of culture, including those of history, anthropology, sociology and semiotics. In addition to viewing Chinese Culture as inevitably plural, the (CCS) sees it as an essential part of 'global culture' and consistently explores Asia’s many cultural interactions with other parts of the world.
The CCS’s role is that of a catalyst of interdisciplinary and internationalism in the study of Chinese culture at University of Kelaniya. Firstly, the (CCS) interconnects the remarkable variety of research interests of different Modern Languages at the University of Kelaniya. Secondly, it links the activities of the Faculty of Humanities with those of other faculties of University of Kelaniya; Faculty of Social Sciences, Commerce and Management and other departments and research centers. Thirdly, it stimulates interaction in the study of Chinese Culture with institutions and scholars outside University of Kelaniya and abroad.