Initially ThinkIN China was funded only by the enthusiasm (and private funds) of the young researchers that created the initiative. After several months of successful discussion events, European research institutions began to recognize the great contribution that TIC was giving for an academic discussion between China and the foreign audience and for the creation of a community of young researchers and students engaged in Contemporary China.

We sincerely thank our sponsors for their continued support and trust:

Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) | China Center Tübingen (CCT) | Karl Schlecht Foundation (KSG)



Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai)
Established in 2009 through a grant of the Compagnia di San Paolo, T.wai is an independent, non-profit institute dedicated to rigorous academic and policy-oriented research in the fields of global politics and security studies. Based in Torino (Italy), T.wai offers a dynamic environment for researchers from different disciplinay backgrounds and cultural milieu to work in close cooperation and promotes informed debate and influential ideas through seminars, academic lectures, web tools and joint initiatives with the media. The Institute is also home to the monthly papers OrizzonteCina, among Italy’s leading publications on the politics, economics and international relations of contemporary China.

cct-logo-6-transparent-variante-1-rote-schrift-01The China Centre Tübingen (CCT) has being established in Tübingen, Germany in 2016.  Its mission is to undertake research on Contemporary China, mainly in the area of ethics in business and trust in China, to enhance China competence in Germany and to inform the general public on relevant developments in China. The overall aim is to foster positive exchange and understanding between Europe and China. This mission is led by  Prof. Dr. Helwig- Schmidt-Glintzer (Director CCT) and Jun. Prof. Dr. Matthias Niedenführ ( Vice-Director CCT). Dr. Niedenführ’s work is supported by the mentorship of Prof. Dr. TU Weiming of Peking University and Prof. Dr. Klaus Leisinger of Basel University. The initial idea of creating this center came from Karl Schlecht, entrepreneur, inventor and founder of the Karl Schlecht Foundation, with continued support since 2013.  


The Karl Schlecht Foundation is an institution of public benefit established the entrepreneur and inventor Dipl. Ing. Karl Schlecht in 1998 and located in Aichtal (near Stuttgart, Germany). In 2012 KSG sold its 99% of the shares of the mechanical engineering company Putzmeister to Savy Heavy Industry Co, Ltd. of Changsha (China) and now disposes of a capital of several hundreds of million €. The purpose of the foundation is more than ever the promotion of science and research for excellence in professional life, education and training, sponsorship of intercultural projects and institutions as well as environmental concerns. Among its activities related to fostering the cooperation between China and Germany is the World Ethos Institute Beijing at Peking University. Karl Schlecht Foundation is a member of the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen (Federal Association of German Foundations).