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SWUFE at a Glance

SWUFE at a Glance

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

Academic Units

School of Finance、Institute of Chinese Financial Studies

School of Economics

School of Business Administration

School of Accounting

School of Public Finance and Taxation

School of Statistics

School of Computing and Artificial Intelligence

School of Law

Faculty of International Studies 

School of International Business

School of Public Administration

School of Marxism

School of Mathematics

School of General Education

School of Humanities and Art

SWUFE-UD Institute of Date Science 

College of International Education

Study Abroad Institute

School of Continuing (On-line) Education

Western Business School

School of Sports Science and Physical Education 

Research Institute of Economics and Management

Beijing Research Institute of SWUFE

Research Institute for Economic Research

Research Institute of Social Development

Institute of Chinese Financial Studies