With a history dating back to 1963, the School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) is one of Europe's leading centres of academic excellence for the study of contemporary East Asia, with research and teaching covering China, Japan and Korea. Its main focus is the business, politics, societies, cultures, economies and history of modern and contemporary East Asia. SEAS maintains strong institutional links with partner universities in East Asia; government agencies in China, Japan, Korea and other parts of Asia; and members of the East Asian diplomatic corps in the UK. Many East Asian scholars and academics visit SEAS each year, staying for periods ranging from a few days to a year. SEAS is also the host institution for the Sheffield Confucius Institute—a body funded by the Chinese Government for the promotion of Chinese-language education.