Established in 2005 with an endowment from the Leong family, the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies promotes Chinese Studies in the Ateneo de Manila University through workshops, scholarships, research, and other activities.
Its objective is to help Filipinos understand and appreciate China in all her aspects, including culture, history, politics, business and economics, so as to be able to engage China in a constructive way. 
The Center subsidizes Chinese studies courses, provides incentives for promising students of Mandarin and Chinese studies, and awards scholarships to Filipinos who will do graduate work in Chinese studies so that they can teach and do research on China from the Philippines.
The Center also organizes conferences and awards grants for research on China and the Chinese, and, the ethnic Chinese in the Philippines and elsewhere.