The Centre of Sino-Western Cultural Studies was established in October, 2001. It is an academic unit of Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI). Macao was one of the earliest cities where the west met the east some four hundred years ago. It was a meeting point for cultural interactions. The long history of the city also turned it into a gem that interweaved the Western with the Chinese cultural heritage. This has provided an excellent environment for the study of cultural exchange. Our centre has recognised this unique characteristic, which has become the embodiment of our mission.