In 2004, professors Arjun Appadurai and Benjamin Lee established The India China Institute (ICI) at The New School to study the reemergence of India and China and how their new roles as global powers impact each other, the United States, and the rest of the world.

India and China share approximately 2,500 miles of border and have a history of interaction that spans centuries. Despite these connections, the two countries became significantly disengaged after the Cold War and the Indo-China War of 1962. Scholars from India and China rarely exchanged ideas, with the gap particularly notable in the social sciences.

Since its inception, ICI has partnered with foundations and universities across the globe to become one of the leading institutions working to bridge the gap in scholarship between India and China.


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The Starr Foundation was established in 1955 by Cornelius Vander Starr, an insurance entrepreneur who founded C.V. Starr & Co. and other companies later combined by his successor, Maurice R. Greenberg into what became the American International Group, Inc. Mr. Starr, a pioneer of globalization, set up his first insurance venture in Shanghai in 1919. He died in 1968 at the age of 76, leaving his estate to the Foundation.

The Foundation currently has assets of approximately $1.25 billion, making it one of the largest private foundations in the United States. It makes grants in a number of areas, including education, medicine and healthcare, human needs, public policy, culture and the environment. more…

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Ford Foundation trustees set policies relating to grant making, geographic focus, spending, investment, management, governance and professional standards, and they oversee internal and independent audits. They also set the compensation and review the performance of the president and all foundation officers.

The Board of Trustees is currently composed of 13 members, including the president. Nominated by a trustee committee and appointed by the full board, trustees generally serve two six-year terms. The board, board committees and individual trustees are evaluated on an annual basis by the Executive Committee.

Foundation trustees bring a vast range of knowledge and experience to the task of governing the foundation. more…

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The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. A not-for-profit corporation, the Luce Foundation operates under the laws of the State of New York and aims to exemplify the best practices of responsible, effective philanthropy.

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15–18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. more…



Yunnan University (Chinese: 云南大学; pinyin: Yúnnán dàxué) is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Yunnan province, China. Its main campuses are located in the provincial capital city of Kunming. It has been developed into the only “National Key University” in Yunnan province, having trained over 17,000 specialist professionals in various fields.

Founded in December 1922, Yunnan University started to enroll in April 1923. It began as a privately run institution called the “University of the Eastern Land” and its name has changed six times since then. Currently, Yunnan University is one of the “Project 211″ universities in China authorized by the central government to be specially developed. Yunnan University has also been included on the list of the key national universities for the “China Western Development” program. more…


The University of Calcutta is a public university located in the city of Kolkata (previously Calcutta), India, founded on 24 January 1857. Within India it is recognized as a “Five Star University” and a “Centre with Potential for Excellence” by the University Grants Commission.[2][3] Within all state Universities all over India, Calcutta University occupies the top rank in terms of the highest number students who cleared the PhD entrance eligibility exam in Science conducted by Central Govt (CSIR-UGC NET) to became eligible to pursue PhD studies with full Govt. Scholarship.

It is a state-government administered urban-based affiliating and research university. It has its central campus in College Street (called Ashutosh Shiksha Prangan). Its other campuses are in Rajabazar (called Rashbehari Shiksha Prangan), Ballygunge (called Taraknath Palit Shiksha Prangan), Alipore (called Sahid Khudiram Siksha Prangan), Hazra and South Sinthi. more…

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Sikkim University is a Central University established under an Act of Parliament of India, on 2 June 2007. It started functioning its office at Gangtok. The university campus is expected to be built at Yangang in South Sikkim district, about 56 kilometres (35 mi) away from Gangtok. The university’s first Chancellor is M. S. Swaminathan and Mahendra P. Lama is the first Vice Chancellor. The university offers traditional courses in humanities, physical and life sciences and forestry along with non-traditional courses which would be unique and related to the state including subjects like ethnic history, mountain studies, border studies and hill music and culture. All the colleges in the state are affiliated to this university. more…


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Horizon Research Consultancy Group is in the process of China’s market economy and growing well-known professional research and consulting firm. Horizon Research (Market Research) was established in 1992, structural adjustment in 2000, the investment has set up a forward strategy (strategic consulting) and index data (shared information), is the largest to provide professional, strategic research and consulting services group companies one focuses on is rooted in outstanding local businesses in the Greater China market and international companies to provide professional research and consulting services. more…


CPR is an independent and non-partisan research institute and think tank. Its main objectives are to provide thought leadership and creative solutions to address pressing intellectual and policy issues. It is one of the 27 national social science research institutes recognized by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Government of India. It is set apart by its multi-disciplinary approach and unique blend of scholarship and practical expertise. CPR’s faculty have considerable impact on policy and public debates. more…

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Partners for Urban Knowledge Action Research aims to democratize research and broaden access to knowledge among disenfranchised or weakly institutionalized groups and to create a space from which their non-traditional and non-expert knowledge can contribute to local, national and global debates about their own futures. It promotes research as a right for everyone and uses it as tool for pedagogy, advocacy, intervention and transformation. Partners for Urban Knowledge Action Research is an independent research collective and an innovative urban knowledge producing institution that aims to contribute to the discourse on urbanization and globalization. more…