• Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

    Why Study at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China

    Brief Introduction 

    Southwestern University of Finance and Economics is a top university specialized in finance, Economics and business. Southwestern University of Finance and Economics ranks top 3 in Finance/Business-oriented universities in China. We are also one of the Ministry of Education’s 100 key universities and listed in both “Project 211” and “985 Innovative Platforms for Key Disciplines Project”. It is known for its entrepreneurial character and unremitting endeavors to address the needs of the people and society through academics, research and influence of alumni, drawn from legacy of its founders and generations of excellent alumni. Southwestern University of Finance and Economics is located in Chengdu, the engine city for development of western China and the fourth largest aviation hub in China.

    1. History 

    Southwestern University of Finance and Economics was originally founded in Shanghai as Guanghua University in 1925. On June 3, students broke away from St. John’s University after the May 30th Movement. Under the leadership of the prominent scholar Zhang Shouyong, Guanghua University was founded. Following the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War with Japan, the university moved to the inland city of Chengdu in 1938. In 1946, the branch campus in Chengdu proclaimed independence and was renamed the private Chenghua University. In 1952, the university was transformed into the public Chenghua University; it merged with schools and departments of business and economics from 16 other universities and colleges and was renamed Sichuan Institute of Finance and Economics. In 1980, People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, took over the administration of the university and renamed it the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in 1985. The university was listed in the 211 Project in 1995. PBC administered the university until the administration was transferred to the Ministry of Education in 2000. It was listed in the 985 Innovative Platforms for Key Disciplines Project in 2011.

    2. Discipline and programs 

    Southwestern University of Finance and Economics currently offers 57 doctoral, 108 master’s and 33 bachelor’s degree programs in 27 departments and schools. The university has 21 mobile post-doctoral stations; 4 key disciplines registered at the ministerial level, i.e., Finance, Political Economics, Accounting and Statistics; and 5 key disciplines registered at provincial first level. The university also has 10 Bachelor’s degree programs, 2 Master’s degree programs and 3 Doctoral degree programs delivered completely in English.

    3. Academic facilities and scientific research

    Southwestern University of Finance and Economics Library was founded in 1952. The total building area amounts to 50,000 square meters. The collection has reached 2,000,000 items in digital resources, making it the biggest library in southwest of China. In May 2002, a Translation Center was set up to provide services for overseas communication and editing and publishing the English version of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics’s The Economist.

    The university’s “Money and Securities Museum” was established in 1998 and is one of the earliest of its kind to have on exhibition various real financial items such as currencies, securities, certificates and cards pertaining to planned and market economies. Over 60,000 items have been on exhibition in the 700 square meters hall.

    The Institute of Finance Studies was established on July 29, 2010. The research institute is dedicated to generating knowledge of international financial studies and the financial development in China. The director of the institute is Philip H. Dybvig. Dybvig is well known for publishing the Diamond–Dybvig model together with Douglas W. Diamond in 1983.

    Southwestern University of Finance and Economics has 7 national-renowned research centers and institutes such as Chinese Finance Research Institute and, Research Institute of Economics and Management. Students can get opportunities to participate in research and access to top economists and experts.

    4. Great achievements

    Until 2014, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics has more than 19000 achievements in scientific research, completed more than 400 items of national and provincial (Department) level important research topics, as well as a number of important transverse application projects, won nearly 300 National, provincial (Ministry) level scientific research achievement awards. The number of bidding projects of national social science fund project major projects is among the forefront. The published results of the teachers and researchers have won many national and provincial awards, such as “five project” award and so on. The press of the university has been granted “good press” by the National Press and Publication Administration for 6 consecutive years and has been awarded “Advanced university press” by the Ministry of Education.

    5. Communication and international cooperation 

    Founded in 1995, Office of International Exchange and Cooperation (Office of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan affairs) drafts policies and plans concerning internationalization to serve and support the overall development of the university. OIEC is responsible for coordinating the international affairs (and affairs related to Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) of the university. Its mission is to develop international exchange and cooperation with a wide range of prestigious institutions, to facilitate the international business trips for the faculty and staff, to create and ensure increasing “go international” opportunities for the students and to provide better service to the international employees. Besides, OIEC serves as the liaison office of the university to its partners, international (and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) visitors, two Confucius Institutes and prospective international employees.

    To date, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics has established partnerships with 130 universities and financial institutions from 36 countries and regions and has co-founded two Confucius Institutes respectively with Ss. Cyril and Methodius University and State University of New York at Albany.



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