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University of California-Irvine’s Long Institute has received close to $3 million from the Long Family Foundation to expand interdisciplinary China research.

The purpose is to broaden the focus of the institute, which has been renamed the UCI John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business, Law and Society.

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It had been called the John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute.

The new name change reflects the addition of UCI’s School of Social Sciences to the ongoing participation of the School of Law and Paul Merage School of Business. The $2.75 million donation will be used to endow a new faculty research fund in the School of Social Sciences for researchers affiliated with the Institute.

The research focus will now expand from economic and legal interactions between the U.S. and China to economic growth; trade and investment; social development and justice; philanthropy and wealth management; and economic, health and safety risks and regulations.

The Longs established the institute in 2010 with an approximate $3 million gift. The Los Angeles-based Long Family Foundation is the private nonprofit they established in 1992.

John Long is the founder and chairman of El Segundo-based Highridge Partners, a global real estate investment company. Marilyn Long serves as president of the Long Family Foundation.