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School of International Economics (SIE) · China Foreign Affairs University

 Welcome to the School of International Economics (SIE). Established in 1998, the Department of International Economics grew into the School of International Economics (SIE) in 2007, the first school in CFAU. Currently, the SIE has two departments (the Department of International Economics and Trade, and the Department of International Finance) and two research centers (China Economic Diplomacy Research Center, and International Finance Research Center). The SIE enrolls independently 4-year undergraduates with majors of International Economics and Trade, and Finance, as well as 2-year graduates of World Economy with three focuses (i.e., International Finance, International Trade & Investment, and China’s External Economic Relations & Economic Diplomacy). In addition, the SIE jointly trains graduates of International Relations studying international economic relations, as well as PhD candidates on International Political Economics, with the Institute of International Relations, CFAU.

Objective of Talent Cultivation: “English Proficiency + Diplomatic Disposition”

To cater to the multidimensional needs of society, the SIE stresses “English proficiency + Diplomatic Disposition”which embodies the resource advantages of CFAU and the features of the majors as the main attributes of students in the process of talent cultivation. With these attributes, students will grow into all-round talents with solid professional knowledge and skills, high proficiency in English, strengths in political literacy, and abilities in diplomacy and foreign services.


Discipline Development: Centering on Economic Diplomacy

The SIE has been vigorously working on improving its academic influence by focusing on research in economic diplomacy.

Firstly, the SIE established platforms for academic research and exchanges. China Economic Diplomacy Research Center was established in 2007, and Economic Diplomacy Research Society of China National Association for International Studies was established in 2015. Commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SIE has held several seminars on China’s Economic Diplomacy, providing a platform for researchers and officials to communicate and discuss the important issues in economic diplomacy.

Secondly, drawing on the gestation of CFAU-led Collaborative Innovation Center for China’s Diplomatic Theory and Practice, which was initiated in 2014, the SIE is embracing a very prospective opportunity with economic diplomacy being included as one of the Center’s five major research fields. Centering on economic diplomacy, the SIE identifies two important sub-fields: China’s economic diplomacy and “the Belt and Road Initiatives”.

Thirdly, the SIE has undertaken a good number of research projects at national, and ministerial and provincial levels. Since 2012, the SIE has undertaken more than 10 projects, funded respectively by Boao Forum for Asia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Commerce, Beijing Social Science Planning Office, Beijing municipal government, etc..

Finally, our distinctive research has been rewarded with fruitful results. China’s Economic Diplomacy Review Monograph was published in 2009, which initiated our research in economic diplomacy. Aiming to provide practical and theoretical supports for related government departments and scholars, China’s Economic Diplomacy: An Annual Report has been issued each year since 2010, comprehensively summing up and systematically combing the progress, achievements and prospects in China’s economic diplomacy. In addition, a number of books featuring economic diplomacy have been published, including Introduction to International Economic Relations, Outline of Modern World Economy, China’s External Economic Relations (English), etc.. In addition, more and more related articles have been published in prestigious academic journals, such as World Economics and Politics, World Economy Study, International Studies, Foreign Affairs Review, etc.; 56 books have been published. Teacher-student research collaborations are held each year, and 2014’s collaboration China’s Economic Diplomatic Case Study was published in 2015.


Undergraduate Education: Featured with Teaching in English

Since 2011, the SIE initiated a substantial reform named “pivoting to teaching disciplinary content in English”. So far, the reform has been highly recognized by the auditing and evaluation experts from the Ministry of Education.

Faculty: The SIE has a faculty team of 23 full-time teachers. More than half have studied abroad, or worked in Chinese embassies abroad. And 11 can teach subject courses in English. Almost all newly recruited faculty members since 2012 are capable of teaching in English.

Textbooks in English: Up to 2016, 23 courses, including International Economics, International Business Negotiation, International Finance, Principles of Managerial Finance, etc., have adopted original textbooks in English. The SIE’s first self-edited textbook in English, Introduction to International Trade, has been published in 2015.

Teaching in English: Approved by CFAU’s Teaching Administration Office, 14 courses, such as International Economics, have been taught in English by the end of 2015. In the coming two years, the number of courses taught in English will reach 20, amounting to 40% of the total.

Competence of Students: “Economic Major + English Proficiency”

From 2012 to 2015, 220 students graduated from the SIE, with an average employment rate of over 98%, of which 115 pursued further studies, accounting for 52.3%, and 102 went to work, accounting for 46.4%. “Economic Major + English Proficiency” has become the strength of our graduates, and has been highly valued by the employers.

Students from the SIE have a good command of English as well as high professional quality, so they have the competitive edge  in applying for prestigious international graduate programs. From 2012 to 2015, 66 graduates (30% of the total) went abroad for further study. They mainly went to famous universities in the U.S. like Cornell University, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Washington, and University of South California. Other destination countries include the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, etc..


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