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Southwestern University of Finance and Economics


Introduction to SWUFE

The Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE, website: 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.

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.

The university has 27 schools, colleges, and institutes with 33 undergraduate majors. SWUFE has approximately 24,000 students of which are 16,000 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 6,000 Master degree candidates and 900 doctoral degree candidates. SWUFE currently has around 600 international students and 140,000+ alumni.

The university employs 2000+ faculty members of which are approximately 250 professors, 490 associate professors, and 260 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.


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About Chengdu

Chengdu (Panorama), located in southwest China, is the capital of Sichuan province. Since 1999, drawing the support of “Western development Policy”, Chengdu has made earthshaking changes. In 2010, Forbes unveiled top 10 fastest growing cities in the next decade and Chengdu won the first place. In 2015, Chengdu was also selected in The New York Times’ list of the world’s 52 must-see places. Till now, Chengdu has become the most important economic, cultural, and transportation center in Western China. Chengdu enjoys nice weather and is also widely known as “The City Impossible to Leave after Coming”.


More than four thousand years ago, the pre-historic culture of Jinsha was established in this region. The fertile Chengdu Plain, on which Chengdu is located, is called Tianfuzhiguo in Chinese, which literally means “the Country of Heaven”, or “the Land of Abundance”. Second only to Beijing, Chengdu owns five UN World Heritage sites. Numerous gorgeous scenic areas, including The Giant Panda Breeding Base, have solidified Chengdu’s reputation as an ultimate tourist destination.


China’s state council has designated Chengdu as the country’s western center of logistics, commerce, finance, science and technology, as well as a hub of transportation and communication. It is also an important base for manufacturing and agriculture. By June 2015, 265 Fortune 500 companies had set up branches in Chengdu, ranking as the first in terms of the number of Fortune 500 companies in Central and Western China.


The United States Consulate General at Chengdu opened on October 16, 1985. It was the first foreign consulate in west-central China since 1949. Currently fourteen countries have consulates in Chengdu. The United Kingdom also has a visa application center in Chengdu.


Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CDIA) is 16km southwest to the center of Chengdu City. The airport is connected with downtown through highway. It also has long-distance buses to major cities within Sichuan Province and buses and taxies services as well. Until December, 2014, there are altogether 241 routes, 78 of which are international (regional) routes. Chengdu airport realizes air traffic to 187 domestic and international (regional) destinations. Chengdu International Airport is the largest aviation hub in central and western China, and aims to form the national aviation hub in mainland China and the World Best 10 airport.


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