Southwestern University Of Finance And Economics

Southwestern University Of Finance And Economics

The Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) is a top university specialized in finance, economics, and business. It is known for its entrepreurial character and unremitting endeavours to address the needs of the people and society through academics, research, and influence on alumni, drawn from the legacy of its founders and generations of excellent alumni.

SWUFE is located in Chengdu, the engine-city for the development of Western China and the fourth-largest aviation hub in China.

Established in 1925

The university traces its origin back to the year of 1925, when a group of students and academics from St. John's University in Shanghai, led by the prominent scholar Zhang Shouyong, left the school and founded the Kwang Hua University (Guanghua University) in Shanghai. In 1938, following the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the university relocated its headquarters to Chengdu. This move was mirrored by other major universities in the east of China who relocated their operations to Western China during that time. In 1946, the Chengdu branch of Kwang Hua University formed an independent private univesity called Chenghua University.

After 1952, the university became a public school and was renamed and restructured several times until it received its current name, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), in 1985. In 1995, SWUFE became a Project 211 University, in 2011, SWUFE was listed as 985 Innovative Platform for Key Disciplines Project University.

International Accreditation and International Memberships


The university has 28 schools, colleges, and institutes with 35 undergraduate majors. SWUFE has approximately 21,140 students of which are 14,700 registered full-time undergraduate students. SWUFE is one of the earliest universities to offers graduate programs following the education reforms in the 1970s. The university has around 8,000 graduate students, of which there are roundabout 5,700 Master degree candidates and 740 doctoral degree candidates. SWUFE currently has around 515 international students and 170,000+ alumni.

The university employs 1355 faculty members of which are approximately 300 professors, 530 associate professors, and 310 doctor supervisors. SWUFE was the first institution authorized to grant MBA and CPA credentials in Southwestern China. It offers 4 national key second-rate disciplines and 4 post-doctoral research centers. Marketing, Economics, Finance, Financial Management, Statistics, Insurance, law, Human Resource Management at SWUFE are in the national ranking marked feature majors.

Top National Ranking

Top 3 in Finance & Business orientation

Top 6 in Applied Economics (MOE)

Top 12 in Management (MOE)

Top 13 in Theoretical Economics (MOE)

Top 98 in Wushulian China Comprehensive University Ranking 2014

Top Research Ranking

Top 13 of all Asian Universities

200+ International Partners in 36 Countries and Regions

3.8 Million Volumes' Library

380 Acres' Campuses

Air-conditioned Accommodation

Well-established service facilities

Leading University in Finance:

SWUFE 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".

Supportive Environment:

Our two campuses provide well-established facilities, air-conditioned accommodation, two libraries and free Wi-Fi service. From application to graduation, dedicated staff members of SWUFE will assist you.

Faculty Excellence:

Our faculty is comprised of over 2000 forward-thinkers, scholars and talents. From China's leading economists to 200 returnees, our staff members ensure you benefit from the most up-to-date knowledge and international insights.

Vigorous Research Teams:

SWUFE 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.

Wide Range of Programs:

Students have a wide range of options in SWUFE: 56 doctoral, 79 master's and 32 bachelor's degree programs among 27 schools and departments. Double Major, Dual Degree and Exchange programs are also provided.

Entrepreneurial Partnership:

Collaborating with premier institutions and enterprises such as PBC (Central Bank of China), Siemens AG, Oracle, Allianz Group, ABN AMRO, etc, SWUFE is making constant progress in the development of research labs, funds and digital systems, while providing students with excellent platforms for internship and employment.

Promising Career Prospects:

Graduates of SWUFE pursue their careers in international institutions and organizations such as the UN, the IMF, the World Bank as well as Fortune 500 Companies and domestic/foreign universities. SWUFE's alumni enjoy high evaluations among employers over the recent decades.

Quality of Life:

Apart from academic activities, a wide variety of student clubs, initiatives, teams and athletic events ensure you enjoy your life there. Choosing SWUFE, you can live in one of the most vibrant and comfortable cities, Chengdu. 

International Exchanges:

We connect to 130 Well-established Institutions and Businesses from 36 Countries and Regions, 2 overseas Confucius Institutes. International students can also select English-instructing and Chinese-instructing for BA/MA Programs with guaranteed accommodation.

Over 24,000 students are now benefiting from their choice of SWUFE, why not you?

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