A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


altA fourth university from China, the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), has joined the ranks of the Virtual Institute affiliate network today.

The first contact with the Dean of CUFE's School of International Trade and Economics (SITE), Yihong Tang, dates back to 2006 when she, at the time working at our core member, the University of International Business and Economics, attended a Vi workshop on quantitative tools for trade and trade policy analysis. The idea of a closer cooperation was taken up again following her appointment at CUFE and the participation of a colleague of hers, Dahai Fu, in the Vi project on trade and poverty in 2012.

CUFE's origins go back to 1949, when it was established as the first university of finance and economics in the country. Since then, it has  graduated more than 90,000 students specialized in finance and management. Adhering to its philosophy of "pursuing truth and excellence", the university aims to develop as a unique multidisciplinary research institution of international standing. Following a vigorous internationalization strategy, it has since 1996 trained government officials from 77 developing countries. In 2005, it was accredited by the Ministry of Education of China to offer international scholarships to foreign students wishing to study in China.

CUFE delivers a range of undergraduate and graduate programmes in "trade and development" areas, in particular, international trade, finance, international law, international business, development studies, and international affairs. It also offers PhD programmes in international trade, development economics, international law and international relations. In addition, it runs several joint undergraduate programs with foreign universities in international trade and finance. Some of CUFE's undergraduate and graduate programmes are offered in English.

CUFE is a research-oriented university with an active publication record on issues related to economics, finance and management in both international academic journals and top Chinese journals. International trade and economics are among the most important research areas of the university. The more than 20 faculty members of the School of International Trade and Economics (SITE), which will be Vi's counterpart for cooperation with CUFE, participate in a large number of domestic and international research projects on international trade and economic development funded by Chinese authorities and international organizations. CUFE also has several research centres that deal with trade and development issues, such as the Research Centre on Trade and Investment Policy, China Economics and Management Academy, China Academy of Public Finance and Public Policy, or the Chinese Academy of Finance and Development.

Yihong Tang will coordinate CUFE's cooperation with the Vi. Holder of a PhD in economics, she is responsible for several undergraduate courses, as graduate courses in international trade theory and policy, advanced international trade, international business, and international trade and FDI in China. Her research interests include international trade theory and policy, trade protectionism, FDI, and services trade. She also acts as a secretary of the Chinese Society of International Trade (CSIT), the largest association promoting international trade teaching and research in China. She will be supported by Dahai Fu, who holds a PhD in economics, and teaches graduate courses on international trade theory and policy, international business, international trade and FDI in China, and conducts research on firm heterogeneity and export performance, trade and economic growth, FDI spillovers, and trade liberalization and poverty.

For more information, take a look at CUFE's profile on the Vi website.