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Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) is a public research university under the direction of the Chinese Ministry of Education. SWUFE is sponsored by Project 211 and the 985 Innovation Platforms for Key Disciplines Project. Both projects are part of the national endeavor to build world-class universities in China in the 21st century. SWUFE currently operates two campuses, the main Liulin campus and the first Guanghua (Kwang Hua) campus. Both campuses are located in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province. With an overall area of 1.5 square kilometers, the two campuses enrolled a total of 24,126 undergraduate and graduate students in the 2014-2015 academic year.



SWUFE traces her origins back to Kwang Hua University founded in Shanghai in 1925. During the Japanese invasion and occupation of Shanghai, Kwang Hua University opened her Chengdu campus in the inland province of Sichuan in 1938. In 1946, the Chengdu campus became Cheng Hua University. With schools and departments of business and economics from 16 other universities and colleges, Cheng Hua University merged into newly established Sichuan Institute of Finance and Economics in 1952. The Institute was later renamed SWUFE in 1985. In 2015, SWUFE celebrated her 90th anniversary, paying tribute to the legacy of Kwang Hua University.


The School of Public Finance and Taxation at SWUFE was established in 1952, originally known as the Department of Public Finance. Renamed in 1991, the Department expanded to the first specialist school of public finance and taxation affairs among Chinese universities. The School currently provides education and training at undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels and offers featured courses in tax planning, public finance, taxation, and public budgeting. In the 2014-2015 academic year, 977 undergraduate, 288 master’s, and 35 doctoral students, all full-time, were enrolled in the School. In recent years, the School has been recruiting faculty members worldwide to further enhance her research and teaching capabilities.


The School has an established base of expertise in public economics and related policy studies. Between 2009 and 2014, our faculty members undertook a total of 59 funded research projects, among which 2 were sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 10 by the National Social Science Foundation, 7 by the Ministry of Education Funds for Humanities and Social Sciences, and 8 by the Sichuan Provincial Funds for Philosophy and Social Sciences. Recent faculty publications have appeared in Social Sciences in China (in Chinese), Economic Research Journal (in Chinese), Annals of Economics and Finance, Empirical Economics, Emerging Markets Review, Sustainability, etc.


In the past six decades, the School has produced an exceptional array of graduates. Our alumni have worked for public financial administrations, tax authorities, accounting and tax firms, businesses and non-governmental organizations, teaching and research institutions, etc. In the coming years, the School will continue to strive for excellence and maintain her achievements in both research and teaching.