Initiated as Department of Economics in 2000, the School of Economics and International Trade has developed rapidly. It consists of Departments of Economics, National Economy Management, International Economics and International Trade. Economics is organized by 5 teaching and research sections in political economics, Western economics, economic history, industrial economics, and quantitative economics. National Economy Management comprises national economics and regional economics. International Economics and International Trade consists of international trade and international business).
The School faculty stands at 53 full-time teachers, among whom there are 17 professors and 18 associate professors, 39 of whom holding a doctorate and 7 being Ph.D. candidates. There are 5 doctoral supervisors. Four professors receives special subsidy from the State Council. Another one is officially recognized as a “National Expert” supported by state funding. Still another is receiving Zhejiang Province’s special funding for distinguished teaching and research professionals. Ten professors have won provincial funding or academic honors either for excellent teaching or research. Twenty young teachers have been honored by the provincial government to mark their achievements in teaching or research.
Academic Disciplines, Programs and Research Centers
The Scholl offers undergraduate programs in economics, international economics and trade, and national economy management, organized in 5 strands: economics, industrial economics, urban economy, international trade, international business, and national economy management. There is 1 state-level model course (industrial economics), 2 provincial-level model course (western economics, industrial economics), and 8 university-level model courses (industrial economics, western economics, political economics, econometrics, international trade, practical international trade, game theory, and economic history); 1 state-level specially-funded program (economics), 1 provincial-level key program (economics), and 1 university-level key program (international economics and trade). The Scholl runs 2 first-level masters’ degree programs in applied economics, and theoretical economics, 7 second-level masters’ degree programs (industrial economics, regional economics, western economics, economic history, political economics, quantitative economics, and international trade). Its government control and public policy program is supported by a provincial-level research base in social sciences. Applied economics is supported by a provincial-level research base in humanities and social sciences. Two provincial innovative teams work in fields of control theory and policy research, and industrial development and fiscal and financial policy research. Moreover, there are 5 university-level key disciplines - western economics, regional economics, economic history, international trade, and quantitative economics. The School also houses Research Institutes for Economic Modernization in China, Enterprise Development Strategies, Industrial Economy and Government Control, Regional Economy, Open Economy and Independent Innovation, Transitional and Institutional Economy.
The School faculty’s pioneering research in industrial economics, government control over monopolized industries, antitrust economics and antitrust policy design takes the lead in China. Nationally-renowned professors include: Wang Junhao (western economics, institutional transition), Zhou Bing and Lu Xinbo (transitional economics), Xie Zuoshi (transaction costs-related economics), Wang Xiang (economic history), and Zhang Guoping (regional economics). In recent years, the School faculty has been awarded 30-odd national research grants, 100-odd research projects are funded by the provincial government or ministries of the central government. More than 30 articles by our teachers have appeared in the country’s leading journals, including Social Sciences in China, Economic Research Journal, Management World, Economics Quarterly, etc. An even bigger number of articles are published in China’s first-class journals, including Industrial Economics in China, Journal of World Economy, The Economist, Economic Perspectives, Journal of International Trade, Academic Monthly, etc. A number of research excellence prizes at or above provincial level have been awarded to our teachers.
The School has an enrolment of 1,300 undergraduates and 170 postgraduates. It is committed to improving teaching quality and enhancing students’ research capabilities and innovativeness. In addition to course teaching by the School faculty, nationally distinguished professors are invited from time to time to give talks and lectures to our students in order to broaden their horizons. Our excellent students have won numerous national prizes at “Challenge Cup Contests’, “College Student English Contest”, “Advanced Mathematics Contest”, “College Student Digital Analogy Contest”, etc. Also 10-odd articles authored by the students appear in the country’s high-level journals.
In the last decade, the School has established close ties with 11 universities in Britain, Germany, France, the U.S., Japan, Sweden, Canada, and Taiwan. Twenty teachers have pursued further studies in these institutions. More than 60 students have been enrolled into masters’ degree programs in several British and American universities and 80 students have studied abroad through exchange programs. Moreover, the School has working arrangements with many government departments on close cooperation. Long-term cooperative relationships have also been established with more than 20 companies to serve the society and enhance the School’s social visibility and international fame.