Focusing on Applied Economics and Management Science, SUFE’s approach is multidisciplinary, utilizing elements of finance, economics, management, law and science. China’s rapid economic expansion has much impacted SUFE, which is now bustling with activity. In 1981, SUFE became the first financial university awarded the right to grant doctoral degrees. In addition, it was among the first nine schools to be selected as an MBA Experimental Education Base and one of the first schools to set up a post-doctoral program in economics. In 1996, SUFE joined the “211 Project,” a program to build 100 key universities, after a fierce competition, and in the same year, it also became a member of another national project to build outstanding universities. In 2002, SUFE became the first mainland university to offer master’s programs in Hong Kong. Moreover, all of its programs continue to exceed world standards and are imbued with modernity, internationality and cutting-edge information.
SUFE’s guiding principle is that scientific research is necessary for the evolution of academic disciplines and that such development in turn fosters economic growth. Accordingly, SUFE houses many dynamic think-tanks. Among the most renowned of these are the Institute of Accounting and Finance, the Institute of Finance & Economics Research, the Institute of Higher Education, the Research Center for Regional Economics, the Research Center of Public Policy, the Modern Finance Research Center, the Research Center of Marketing, the Center for Economic Philosophy Studies, the Research Center for Applied Statistics, the Research Institute of Marxism, the Institute of World Expo Economics, theFinancial Education Performance Evaluation Center, and the Research Center for Top 500 Enterprises.