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thinkINchina (TIC) is a Beijing-based intellectual community promoting reflection, discussion and dialogue about China and the world. Through monthly events focused on politics, economy and society — TIC offers an informal platform where Chinese and foreign academics of all ages can exchange ideas and information.

Updated: Nov 2019

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Engage with Beijing’s academic community through public discussions, academic workshops, and social events that bring together diverse perspectives. Get involved with thinkINchina to see China in a new light.

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Get involved with a passionate network of Beijing's brightest minds

Updated: Nov 2019

Welcoming researchers of all ages and backgrounds, thinkINchina (TIC) hosts monthly events throughout the academic year. As a home to Beijing’s network for curious and passionate thought leaders, the TIC community promotes knowledge and exchange based on direct experience. You’ll find:

  • Public discussions with renowned Chinese and foreign scholars
  • Academic workshops hosted by China’s top universities
  • Social events for students and researchers living in Beijing
  • …and more!

To learn when and where the next event will be held, visit TIC’s events schedule page, or get in touch via email.

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Promote open conversations about China’s role on the global stage

Updated: Nov 2019

For China-focused academic minds, volunteering with thinkINchina (TIC) provides and invaluable access to Beijing’s academic community. You’ll meet accomplished people, spread resonant ideas, and create countless moments inspired by genuine understanding. Here are a few capacities in which you’ll be able to make a contribution:

  • Organizing monthly seminars and workshops
  • Managing the relationships with speakers, sponsors and business partners
  • Operating marketing, communications and social media strategies
  • Managing human resources and funds
  • …or however you propose to make an impact!

Intake for thinkINchina’s internal team of volunteers takes place on a semester-to-semester basis, and is closed well before each semester starts. So, please apply in advance.

To apply, send your CV and a cover letter to TIC via email.

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People 😎

Meet the kind-hearted people who've made thinkINchina what it is today. Reach out for a friendly chat to learn how you can help.

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Mission 🙏

Based in Wudaokou area of Beijing — the heart of China’s academic environment — thinkINchina (TIC) started in 2010 as small group of young researchers. Fast forward to today, TIC is a lively community of experts seeking intellectual growth.

The community embodies the quest for deep meaning, all the way down to the TIC acronym and logo. TIC stands for “Talks”, “Ideas” and “Community” — which are core values rigorously upheld by today’s growing base of community members. The logo is a combination of Chinese characters signifying “Gate”, “Discussion”, and “Country”. Aptly designed, TIC is indeed “a gate through which to discuss China and other countries.”

To generate an environment of respectful discourse, TIC encourages thoughtfulness and listening. Mass-media portrayals of international affairs are commonly riddled with bias and hidden agenda. To gain perspective, TIC considers China-related issues from diverse perspectives — maintaining open conversation inspired by mutual respect.

TIC is Beijing’s Intellectual community for China-focused academics who seek to a higher standard of discourse.

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