As an research centre in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) geared towards excellence in teaching and research, the Centre for Chinese Language and Culture (CCLC) was officially set up in April 1994, bestowed with the mission to pass on the groundbreaking spirit of NTU's predecessor, Nanyang University or Nantah, in setting up an educational institution for the teaching and research of the Chinese language and culture.
During the first ten years of its establishment, the Centre offered courses related to Chinese language and culture which NTU students could take as general elective subjects. The Centre also began to enrol graduate students from 1997 onwards, and offered courses for Minor in Chinese from 2000 onwards.
Since September 2003, following the establishment of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) in NTU, the Centre has transferred its teaching responsibilities to the Division of Chinese -- the flagship division of HSS -- and continued to strive for excellence in the research of the Chinese language and cultural issues that are of interest to the Chinese communities.
Producing academic publications of high quality has always been a major focus of CCLC. Apart from the Chinese language and cultural issues, the Centre also places its focus on the research of the Chinese language and dialects in Southeast Asia, and relatedly, the Southeast Asian Chinese history, traditional folklores and also local issues in Singapore. Through the years, the Centre has progressed and endeavoured on research of global issues such as Chinese migration and networks.