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Established in 2006, with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, The White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC) brought together staff and students from East Asian Studies (EAS) at the University of Leeds and the School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) at the University of Sheffield in a partnership to promote postgraduate training, research collaboration and knowledge exchange in the study of Japan, China and neighbouring regions.

The Partnership lasted from 2006 – 2016 and the Centre's primary aim was to build, nurture and sustain national capacity in Language-Based Area Studies through postgraduate language and research methods training provision, and the development of exciting and relevant research networks and knowledge exchange partnerships.

Whilst the WREAC project officially ended in 2016, our staff and students continue to work in partnership with our colleagues in Leeds and across a wider academic network of experts on East Asia.