UWTSD welcomes the first cohort of students to its Academy of Sinology


On Friday, March 24th, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David formally welcomed the first cohort of students to its new Academy of Sinology in Lampeter.

Academy of Sinology students

The Academy of Sinology was established in July 2016 as a joint institution between the Chin Kung Multicultural Educational Foundation and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, marking the beginning of a new era in the studies of ancient Chinese culture, values and ethics.

The nine students who have recently embarked on their studies within the Academy were greeted by members of the University along with members of the Chin Kung Foundation in an evening of thanksgiving, prayer and song.

The purpose of the Academy is, through education, instruction and enlightenment, to reintroduce ancient heritage and culture to the international community, at a moment when so much change and chaos in the world undermines people’s faith and belief in social harmony, mutual respect and peace.

Commenting on the development of the Academy, Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David said:  “This development is very much grounded in the tradition of the University’s Lampeter campus as a multi-faith and multi-cultural centre, rooted in Wales but looking out across the world. 

“This is a major development and is one of many which we are pursuing centred upon the expertise and location of Lampeter.  It will not only benefit the University but will also benefit the town and the community in Ceredigion”.

Speaking via video during the celebration, the Venerable Master Ching Kung praised the University for its vision and celebrated its rich heritage in the teaching of religious education.

He said: “There is a sign at the entrance gate illustrating the history of the Lampeter campus.  It says that Saint David's College was founded by Bishop Thomas Burgess in Lampeter in 1822 and that it is the oldest college in Wales.  It was established with a goal of improving the education of Anglican clergymen.  From 1827 to the 1920s, two-thirds of the Clerics of Wales graduated from this college.

“Today, the Academy of Sinology has the great honour to be established on this campus with its extraordinary past achievements and legacy in the field of religious education.  I hope the academy of sinology can shoulder the responsibility of reviving the education of ancient sages of the East and learning from the religious education of the West to carry the past glorious history of St David's College.  This is to set a good example in order to build up a culture of learning.  As the positive impact of the education of the ancient sages and of religious education gradually become influential in the world, all great scholarly minds which share the same mission can join forces in order to promote social stability and world peace.  That will be a great blessing for the whole of humanity.”

The Chin Kung Multi-Cultural Educational Foundation is a Hong Kong based organisation, established by Master Chin Kung, a Buddhist monk whose core belief is that all religions share a common, universal element of shared values, toleration, compassion and a respect for the views and beliefs of others.

These values reinforce Lampeter’s long history as a world centre for multi-faith and multi-cultural study, and will build upon the Faculty’s existing provision in the field of Chinese Studies, the study of Ancient Civilisations and home to Wales’ first Confucius Institute.

The Academy’s aim is to guide and educate its students towards a deep understanding of the classic Chinese texts, and the legacy of the ancient Sages including the Sakyamuni Buddha, Confucius and Laozi.  It uses an immersive teaching methodology allowing the students to focus their learning on one subject until they are able to translate their learning into deep understanding and insight by the end of each module.  There are six modules within the MA and the programme runs for 72 weeks.

To find out more about the Academy of Sinology, please visit www.uwtsd.ac.uk/sinology

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476