Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (Chinese: 西南财经大学; Pinyin: Xīnán Cáijīng Dàxué), locally known as SWUFE, is a university in Chengdu, China.

Founded in 1952, it is one of the leading financial universities in mainland China and has a student population of around 20,000.


* Guanghua Campus in downtown Chengdu
* Liulin Campus in Wenjiang District, the future main campus


SWUFE (Southwestern University of Finance and Economics) is one of the premier universities of finance and economics in China. It is run by the Ministry of Education and also one of the top 100 universities in China’s 211 Project, a national initiative to build 100 first-class universities in the 21st century. The campus is situated in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

The University has modern teaching-and-research facilities, quality athletic and logistic service hardware enhanced with easy Internet and fiber optical connections. The University’s main library houses over 1.15 million volumes. Covering an area of 125 acres, SWUFE maintains a beautiful campus full of lawns, trees and gardens. It has been listed as a fine model of forestation and Garden-Style Campus by the government.

SWUFE is near Du Fu Thatched Cottage, a celebrated residence of Du Fu, a prominent poet of the Tang Dynasty.

Academic Programs

SWUFE offers 28 doctoral, 43 master and 29 bachelor’s degree programs in and among 19 University’s departments and schools. These programs are distributed over the areas of business, industry, economics, liberal arts, and law that feature a coordinated pattern with financial programs as core and economics and management programs as mainstream. The University has 3 mobile post-doctoral stations including theoretical economics, applied economics and business administration; 2 key disciplines registered at the ministerial level, i.e., financial studies and political economics; and 12 key disciplines at the provincial level. In addition, the University is home to 3 teaching/research centers ratified by the Ministry of Education, i.e., National Center for Economics Teaching, National Center for Liberal Arts and Humanities Education of University Students, and SWUFE China Finance Research Center. The University is the first institution authorized to train MBA and CPA in southwestern China. SWUFE sponsors over 30 interdisciplinary and specialized research and teaching centers and enters into partnership with foreign education and business organizations, among them the Center for PBC Simulated Banking Labs, Center for Business Foreign Languages Training ( BFT) and China Actuary Training Center.

The University is an important knowledge contributor to China’s financial industry and western region economic research with 18 research institutes, including China Finance Research Center and West China Economic Research Center. Since reform and opening up, it has produced nearly 10,000 research findings, successfully completed over 400 national/ provincial research projects, and received over 220 awards for research results at national and provincial (ministerial) levels. The Research Division was awarded by the Ministry of Education Leading National Research Administration of Higher Learning Institutions. The University Press has won the honor of Excellent Press by State Press and Publications Administration and Excellent Press of Higher Learning Institutions by Ministry of Education for three times in six consecutive years. The University’s journal the Economist is the excellent national social sciences journal, and Science of Finance and Economics is awarded the First Top 100 National Social Science journals.


The University boasts a strong faculty of scholarly excellence and professional dedication. Members of teaching/research, library, administration, and supportive faculties number more than 1300, among who over 900 work in teaching/research 130 professors, over 230 associate professors, and 62 doctor supervisors. The University is proud to have Liu Shibai, Zeng Kanglin, He Zerong, Zhao Guoliang, Jiang Mingxin and many other nation-wide renowned economists and management experts on its faculty. Moreover, more than 100 prominent economists, bankers, and senior corporate executives are invited to serve as professors emeritus.


The University’s total full-time student population of nearly 14,000 includes about 11,400 undergraduate, over 2,100 master level postgraduate students, over 400 PH.D. candidates, and some 40,000 various degree program students. 50 years since its founding, the University has turned out over 110,000 graduates, many of whom hold important positions in every kind of organization, from major financial institutions, companies to government agencies.


In recent years, SWUFE has won over 20 awards for research results at national and provincial (ministerial) levels. The University’s Dean’s Office and Graduate School were respectively awarded by Ministry of Education Leading Chinese University Dean’s Offices and Best Graduate Schools in Teaching and Administration.


The Southwestern University of Finance and Economics has a long-standing history, which dates back to Shanghai Guanghua University which was established in June 1925. In the aftermath of May 30th Massacre, hundreds of Chinese faculty members and students of St. John University and its affiliated high school created Guanghua University. The name of the University was taken from a poem Qingyun Song to declare the creator’s national spirit to revive China and fight against invaders bravely. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the university moved to Sichuan to establish a new campus in the province, which was the Private Guanghua University in Chengdu in 1938. Therefore, the local people named the neighborhood where the campus located Guanghua Village after the University. After the Second World War ended, the main campus of Guanghua University resumed function, and its Chengdu Campus was taken over by Chengdu authority and renamed it Chenghua University.

After the Chinese Civil War, during the period of higher education restructuring from 1952 to 1953, the business school of Chenghua University and 16 other business schools and finance and economics departments, including China Public School, the Business School and the Economics Department of Chongqing University, and the Economics Department of China West University, were merged to be Sichuan Institute of Finance and Economics.

The then newly-established university was one of only four comprehensive finance and economics higher institutions in China. Its mission is to educated talents of finance and economics the nation’s economic development. The University was the home of almost all prominent economists in Southwest China such as Chen Baoyin, Li Xiaotong and Peng Dixian. The effort made by these excellent professors laid a solid foundation for the Institute’s development.

In 1980, the People’s Bank of China (PBC), China’s central bank, took over the governance of the University and renamed it SWUFE in 1985. PBC governed the University till February 2000, when the governance was transferred to the Ministry of Education. More than half century of development, especially the intensified efforts since 1995 within the 211 Project framework, has greatly enhanced the University’s administrative and academic resources.

Communist Party Control

According to its publications, SWUFE has always stressed political indoctrination of its faculty and students. Its Communist Party of China (CPC) committee was awarded by the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee Leading Local CPC Committees in 1996, and by Organization and Propaganda Departments of the CPC Central Committee and CPC Committee of the Ministry of Education 1993-1998 Leading Universities in Party Building and Ideological and Political Work.

External links

* [ SWUFE official Web site (English version)]
* [ 3D map ]

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