The China Centre for Linguistic and Strategic Studies (CCLASS) is a research centre based in Nanjing University, P. R. China. Its objective is to encourage the interdisciplinary studies of language policies, language planning and language strategies and to promote national and international cooperation in these areas of study.
Apart from conducting original research, CCLASS works as a clearinghouse of knowledge and information. Its activities include providing information services, constructing international networks, and setting up international cooperative projects and research programmes. In this way, CCLASS functions as a window on China for international scholars and contributes to the mutual understandings between China and other parts of the world.
CCLASS considers academic cooperation indispensable to its research and thus promotes, facilitates, and initiates academic cooperation nationally and internationally. One of these is the International Research Network on Urban Language Survey (IRN-ULS): a cooperative framework of research institutes and individual scholars specializing in sociolinguistic studies of urbanization in a global perspective, serving scholars from different parts of the world for exchanging research results in forms of discussion list, seminars and conferences. Since 2007, CCLASS has been the host of the annual Forum on National Strategies of Languages. It is also the organizer of the Colloquium on Languages, Urbanization and Ethnic Identities for the 16th International Congress of Anthropology and Ethnology.
CCLASS also strives to link up with non-academic groups in the society, such as business people, policy makers, and the media by providing consultancy and information services, making expertise on language planning available to the public.
CCLASS hosts postdoctoral and visiting fellows. The fellowship program aims at enhancing and sharing expertise, encouraging underdeveloped areas of study, and mediating between national and international scholars and institutes.