Shandong University is located in Jinan, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China. As the hometown of Confucius and Mencius, Shandong province is the birthplace of Confucian culture which boast unique geographical advantages and rich cultural resources inherited in carrying forward excellent Chinese traditional culture. As an elite university with 115 years of history, Shandong University has accumulated a profound heritage of Chinese cultural research; which has cultivated many excellent talents and a number of famous scholars such as Gao Heng, Lu Kanru, Feng Ruanjun, Xiao Difei, Yang Xiangkui, Tong Shuye, Huang Yunmei, Wang Zhongrong and Pang Pu, who have worked with the University for a long period. Therefore, one of Shandong University's great accomplishment and achievement is the creation and establishment of its academic journal, that of the Journal of Chinese Humanities, which is highly popular at home and abroad.
In 2015, according to the “2011 Plan” issued by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, the Collaborative Innovation Center of Confucian Civilization was officially set up and led by Shandong University with the combined efforts of other universities and organizations including Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, Zhejiang University, Sichuan University, East China Normal University, Qufu Normal University, China Confucius Foundation, International Confucian Association and Shandong Provincial Government respectively.
The inaugural and first council meeting was held and Zhang Rong, president of Shandong University, was elected president of the council and likewise that of Chen Lai, professor of Tsinghua University, elected director of the academic committee, which was also formed by a number of well-known scholars including Liu Dajun, Wang Xuedian, Wang Yunlu, Yang Guorong, Wan Junren, Chen Weiping, Yang Zhaoming, GuoQiyong, Yan Binggang, Roger T. Ames and Tomohisa IKEDA. The center of Confucian Civilization is committed to research, to spread and carry forward the Confucian civilization, and in making contributions to the cultural development of China and the rest of the world.
In order to promote innovative research and synergetic development of Confucian culture in the world, provide a better research platform and resources for the Confucianism researchers from different countries, the center has now began to enroll visiting scholars worldwide. The working duration for visiting scholars in the Confucian Civilization center is classified into three (3) months, six (6) months and one (1) year respectively.