Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

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Coordinates: 30°39′53″N 104°01′02″E / 30.664854°N 104.017126°E / 30.664854; 104.017126

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE)
Seal of SWUFE
Former names
四川财经学院, 光华大学成都分部 (成华大学)
Motto 经世济民,孜孜以求
Motto in English
To persistently strive for the benefit of people and society
Established 1925
Type National University
President Prof. Zongyi Zhang
Academic staff
Students 24,000+ (600+ International Students)
Undergraduates 16,000+
Postgraduates 8,000+
Location Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Campus urban, suburb
Nickname 苏菲/SWUFE
Affiliations Equis

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics or SWUFE (Chinese: 西南财经大学; pinyin: Xīnán Cáijīng Dàxué, known colloquially as 西南财大 or Xīnáncáidà) is a prominent national university located in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China. It is one of the top 3 specialist finance and economic universities under direct administration of the Ministry of Education and has been selected as a Project 211 and 985 Innovative Platforms for Key Disciplines Project university by the Chinese government as part of the national endeavor to build world-class universities in the 21st century.[1] In 2015 SWUFE became the first business school in Western China to be accredited by the European Quality Improvement System. [2]


Students of Sichuan Institute of Finance and Economics in 1952

The University was originally founded in Shanghai as Guanghua University in 1925. On June 3, students broke away from St. John University after the May 30th Movement, a patriotic and anti-imperialist movement. With leadership of Zhang Shouyong, a prominent scholar in Qing Dynasty, Guanghua University was founded, and the name was inspired by a Chinese saying: this piece of land is forever bathing in the brilliance of sun and moon. It demonstrates Chinese people's determination to rejuvenate the nation. Following the outbreak of war with Japan, the university moved to the inland city of Chengdu in 1938 (during World War II) to ensure the safety of the students, staff and faculty. 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 (SWUFE) 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.[3]


Guanghua campus main building
  • Liulin Campus (Main Campus): Founded in 2004,about 264 acres in Wenjiang District, Chengdu, Sichuan
  • Guanghua Campus: Founded in 1925, about 116 acres in Qingyang District, Chengdu, Sichuan

Organization and Administration[edit]



  • School of Statistics
  • School of Insurance
  • School of Securities and Futures
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Finance
  • School of Accounting
  • School of Economics
  • School of International Business
  • School of Public Finance and Taxation
  • School of Economic Information and Engineering
  • School of Law
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Marxism
  • School of Public Administration
  • School of Foreign Language for Economics and Trade
  • School of Continuing (On-line) Education
  • Western Business School of China
  • Study Abroad Institute
  • Institute of Economic Mathematics
  • College of International Education
  • Research Institute of Economics and Management


The university has 27 schools with 32 undergraduate majors (including centers and divisions). SWUFE has approximately 16,000 registered full-time undergraduate students.SWUFE is one of the earliest universities to offer graduate programs following the education reform of the 1970s. There are around 7,000 graduate students (6.000 Master's degree candidates and 900 Doctoral degree candidates). The university employs approximately 160 professors, 270 associate professors, and 100 doctor supervisors. SWUFE was the first institution authorized to grant MBA and CPA credentials in southwestern China.[4]


Institute of Finance Studies[edit]

The IFS 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.[5]

Libraries and museums[edit]


Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) 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 SWUFE’s The Economist.[6]

Money and Securities Museum[edit]

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.[7]

International relations[edit]

International exchange[edit]

SWUFE started to enroll overseas students in 1996 and was listed as a key university for overseas student education by the Ministry of Education in 2001. At present the university offers 38 Doctoral degree programs, 67 Master's degree programs and 32 Bachelor's degree programs to overseas students. The university also has four Bachelor’s degree programs and two Master’s degree programs delivered completely in English and these programs have trained several thousand foreign students from over 100 countries.[8]

International partner institutions (selection)[edit]

SWUFE has established cooperative relations with 130 universities, financial institutes and enterprises from 36 countries and regions, including Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, United Kingdom and the United States.[9][10][11][12][13]


Alumni Association[edit]

The Alumni Association of SWUFE was founded on October 13, 2007, with the celebration of the 55th anniversary of establishment. Wang Yuguo, the principal of SWUFE, became president of the Alumni Association, which had 304 members in the first Alumni Association Council.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

Student Life[edit]

SWUFE students

Student associations[edit]

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics has 124 student associations covering five domains: thoughts and theories, academic and technology, arts and culture, physical training, public welfare and practice and communication. To name a few: the Research on Philosophy Club, MUN, Starting Point Drama Club, Hip-pop, Green Development Association, Oracle Club, etc.[15]

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