Institute for Cultural Industries


Shenzhen University (SZU) is the only comprehensive university in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SSEZ). It boasts of quite a number of disciplines conducive to the development of cultural industries. Years of efforts of the University have resulted in the distinctive features of top-notch scholarship and innovation in these industries. The Institute for Cultural Industries Shenzhen University (SICI) aims to integrate teaching, research and production with a distinctive pattern of “innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship”. As a result, a cluster of creative academic-industrial entities embodying the above-mentioned features and spirit came into being, namely, Art Tribe, Design Tribe, Media Tribe, Architecture Tribe, Performing Arts Tribe and Film Tribe.

SICI incorporating these tribes was founded in May 2009. It is the first multi-disciplinary research institution of SZU. Backed by the various colleges of the University related with cultural industries, SICI has attracted more than 50 experts from the disciplines of art, design, media, advertising, architecture, film, animation, tourism, economics, management and law. These trained researchers with unique insight, foresight and broad vision are quick to act and to accomplish ambitious goals.

The present dean of SICI is Professor Li Fengliang, vice president of SZU. The deputy deans areProfessor ZhouJianxin and Professor Zhou Zhimin. The Advisory Board and Academic Committee of SICI are composed of prestigious scholars and artists from both in and outside SZU, as well as well-known figures from other areas of China including officials in the cultural and publicity departments of governments at various levels.

The establishment of the SICI aims to become a model for the integration of academic studies, scientific research and industrial production; furthermore, it aims to accumulate experience in contribution to the management and reform of research institutions via its path-breaking innovations.

One of the clarion calls of the city is to build Shenzhen by enviable cultural attainments. In answer to this call, SICI has made a strategic plan to vigorously engage in cultural industries. The mission of the SICI is to vigorous engage in research of cultural industries, serve local economic growth and promote academic exchanges. Measures have been taken to solicit research fellows from within and without the University, to form crack forces to co-sponsor projects with outside institutions. The goal of these efforts is to unfold research, to provide counseling in various areas such as policy-making, social service and international exchanges. Efforts are also made to secure joint research projects and university-enterprise cooperation. Attention is paid to yielding both academic influence and social benefits in the development of cultural industries.

With SZU campus as the branch of China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF), SICI sponsors forums and lectures during the Fair. It initiated the formulation of Shenzhen Liyuan Cultural Industries Development co., ltd, and is honored as a “Teaching and Research Base for Cultural Industries of Shenzhen”, a “Research Base for Cultural Creative Industries of Shenzhen”, and a “Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Universities of Guangdong Province”. In October 2010, SICI is rewarded a special grant by the central authorities for regional universities of China because of its merits in functioning as a platform of innovative research for the booming cultural industries. In October 2011, “Research on the Inner Mechanism and Strategic Pathways for the Integrated Innovation of Culture and Technology” received supports from the National Social Science Foundation as a key project. In 2013, the National Center for Cultural Innovation Research got approved to construct by Ministry of Culture.

It is hoped that SICI will become a center of academic research, data bank and training in cultural industries. Rooted in Shenzhen, its broad vision is to serve the Province of Guangdong and other areas of China. The natural result is a higher profile and greater influence of SZU in the research and development of China’s cultural industries.

Mission and vision

1. Positioning

Our mission statement is to “vigorously engage in research of cultural industries, serve local economic growth and build a platform for academic exchanges”. Our goal is to become “State-level Innovation and Development Research Base for Cultural Industries”. Our policies for this goal are to turn SICI into a research center, data bank and training base for cultural industries. Situated in Shenzhen, SICI reaches out to serve Guangdong and the whole country. It is believed that SICI will become a research and innovation platform of cultural industries and model of this kind by combing academic studies, scientific research and industrial production.

2. Philosophy

3. Three distinct research domain

4. Four Tasks


Advisory Board Dean Academic Committee

Vice-deans, assistant of Dean/secretary-general

Administration Office, Academic Research Department, Project Development Department, Education and Training Department, Information and Publishing Department

Research Center for Creative Industries Planning and Management

Research Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies

Research Center for Regional Cultural Industries

Research Center for Cultural Branding Strategy

Research Center for Art Certification and Restoration


Li Fengliang: Vice president of SZU, dean of SICI,dean of National Center for Cultural Innovation Research

ZhouJianxin: Executive deputy dean of SICI, deputy dean of National Center for Cultural Innovation Research

Zhou Zhimin: Deputy dean of SICI

LiuYixuan: Assistant of dean, secretary-general of SICI

Wen Wen: Director of Project Development Department of SICI

HuPenglin: Vice director of Project Development Department of SICI

Huang Yurong: Director of Academic Research Department of SICI

Huang Yongjian: Director of Education and Training Department of SICI

Qin Qing: Vice director of Education and Training Department of SICI

Zhong Yaqin: Director of Information and Publishing Department of SICI, secretary-general of National Center for Cultural Innovation Research

Advisory Board

Li Wuwei: Vice-chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC, Executive Vice-chairman of the RCCK Central Committee and Director of Shanghai Creative Industry Association

Wang Wenzhang: Member of the Party Leadership Group, Vice Minister, Ministry of Culture, PRC

Yu Ping: Director  Department of Science and Technology for Culture, Ministry of Culture, PRC

Liu Yuzhu: Director, Department of Cultural Industries, Ministry of Culture, PRC

Zhang Xinjian: Director, Department of Network Information, Ministry of Culture, PRC

XiongChengyu: Director, National Research Center for Cultural Industries, Tsinghua University

Fang Jianhong: Secretary of the Party Leadership Group, Director, Bureau of Culture, Guangdong Province

Wu Yihuan: Vice Mayor, the People’s Government of Shenzhen

Chen Wei: Secretary of the Party Leadership Group, Director, Tourism Bureau of Shenzhen

PengLixun: Former Director of Shenzhen Association of Social Sciences

Dong Xiaoming: Former Chair of Shenzhen Literary Federation

Li Xiaogan: Secretary of the CPC Nanshan District Committee, Shenzhen

Hu Jingzhi: Professor of Shenzhen University, renowned scholar in cultural studies

He Daokuan: Professor of Shenzhen University, senior interpreter

Academic Committee


Jiang Shuzhuo: CPC Secretary of Ji’nan University, Director of Overseas Chinese Literature and Chinese-Language Media Research Center

Vice Director

Jin Yuanpu: Executive Director of Cultural and Creative Industries Studies Center, Renmin University of China

Le Zheng: Deputy Secretary-General, Director of Policy Research Office of Shenzhen CPC Committee

Committee members

Chen Shaofeng: Vice Dean of Institute for Cultural Industries, Peking University

Fan Zhou: Dean of Institute for Cultural Industries, Communication University

Zhang Xiaoming: Vice Director of Research Center of Cultural Industries, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Hu Huilin: Director of Research Center of Cultural Industries, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

OuyangYouquan: Director of Brand Research Center of Chinese Cultural Industries, Central South University

HuaJian: Director of Research Center of Cultural Industries, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Wu Zhong: Vice director of Publicity Department of Shenzhen CPC Committee, director of Shenzhen Association of Social Sciences

Zhong Yinteng: Vice director of United Front Work, Shenzhen CPC Committee, Director of Shenzhen Overseas Compatriots Office

Yin Changlong: Vice director of Shenzhen Publishing and Distributing Group

Yang Honghai: Vice Chair of Shenzhen Literary Federation

Li Fengliang: Vice president of SZU, dean of SICI

Wu Yumin: Dean of the College of Communication, deputy dean of SICI

Qi Fengge: Former dean of the Art and Design College, deputy dean of SICI

Zhong Xi: Deputy dean of the Teachers College, deputy dean of SICI

Full-time Researchers

Li Fengliang, Zhou Jianxin, Zhou Zhimin, Wu Yumin, Qi Fengge, Zhong Xi, Liu Yixuan, Ding Wei, Cui Bo, GuXueer, Huang Yongjian, Xu Lei, Liu Shixiong, Huang Yurong, Zhong Yaqin, Qin Qing, Wen Wen, Hu Penglin

Part-time Researchers

Che Da,Chen Lina, Chen Xue, Chen Yiyong, Chen Zhenwang, Cui Shijuan, DuanJie, GaoFei, He Jianping, Huang Chunping, Huang Yubo, Jin Yeyang, Li Leilei, Li Ping, Liu Kun, Niu Ben, Pan Yanping, PengHuaxin, TianShaoxu, Wang Changkui, Wang Shuaili, Wei Dazhi, XuHui, Yan Ping, Ye Jianhua, Zhan Di, Zhang Han, Zhang Mu, Zhu Xiequn, ZouPingxue, Zhang Zhen, Wang Yuan, Chen Min, XueMeng, Shi Mingyu, Wei Xia, Wang Jianlei

Contract Researcher

Li Tianduo