The Collaborative Innovation Centre for Peaceful Development of Cross-Strait Relations (CICCSR) was established in 2012 by Xiamen University in collaboration with Fudan University, the Institute of Taiwan Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Fujian Normal University as part of the Program for Enhancing the Innovative Capacity of Higher Education Institutions (commonly known as "Program 2011"), which is sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance of China. In October 2014, CICCSR was recognised by the two ministries as a state-level "collaborative innovation centre".
Program 2011 is the third national project to be undertaken by the State Council of China in the higher education sector, following the launch of Project 211 and Project 985. It is another major strategic initiative of the country, and reflects the renewed and vigorous growth of higher education in China. The main goal of the program is to enhance innovation within this area, thereby strengthening academic disciplines and scientific research.
CICCSR comprises domestic and international elite scholars and think tanks that specialise in Taiwan studies. Its central purpose is to facilitate one of China's most important strategic initiatives, namely "to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and eventually reunify the nation". Moreover, it works to study the major theoretical and practical issues standing in the way of the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. It conducts innovative and collaborative researches that pull from different disciplines, departments, territories, and regions. This research is conducted in concert with government and industry professionals with the goal of consolidating the political, economic, social and cultural foundations necessary for formulating a satisfactory solution to Taiwan Issue. The Centre consists of five research platforms: Major Theories on the Peaceful Development of Cross-Strait Relations, Cross-Strait Economic Integration, Cross-Strait Social Integration, Cross-Strait Cultural and Educational Integration, and Institutionalisation of Cooperative Governance for Mutual Cross-Strait Affairs.
The Centre aims to become the most authoritative and influential source of information and scholarship on Taiwan studies in the world, facilitating the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and promoting Taiwan studies around the world. It will result in an increase in high-level research projects and practical achievements, and its experts will provide relevant consultation to government policymakers, helping them tackle difficult theoretical and practical issues. The Centre is also committed to cultivating highly-qualified experts in both Taiwan studies and cross-strait affairs in order to more effectively improve the life of people on both sides of the strait and eventually reunify the nation.