The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) was established in 1967 on the basis of a broad conception of Chinese studies. Its activities include what is traditionally identified as Sinology, but emphasize the application of scientific methodology, characterized by quantitative and comparative approaches, and the use of experimental methods where appropriate. Areas of studies related to contemporary Chinese culture and society have also been included amongst its activities.
Under the Institute of Chinese Studies are the T.T. Ng Chinese Language Research Centre, Research Centre for Contemporary Chinese Culture, and the D.C. Lau Research Centre for Chinese Ancient Texts, each of which maintains its own academic programmes and publication activities. The following periodicals are published by the Institute and its various units: Journal of Chinese Studies, Studies in Chinese Linguistics, Current Research in Chinese Linguistics, Twenty-First Century.
The Pre-Han and Han Concordance Series, The Six Dynasties Concordance Series as well as The CHANT (CHinese ANcient Texts) Series.