The CFCIE is an interdisciplinary research centre on education and  its related public policies (culture, welfare, health) which aims to develop exchanges and cooperations between China and France in relation to European and international issues. It promotes innovations, their translation and transfer to professionals and it participates to the training of educational executives.

The CFCIE mid-term programme is to develop comparative education research between China and France and to respond to demands from the Chinese Ministry of Education in education policy, to help the cooperation between Chinese and French institutions in the context of the general agreement on expertise in education signed by the two governments.