The Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), founded in 1949, is one of the national "211 Project" key universities and "985 Innovation Platform for Superiority Subjects" under the direct leadership of the Ministry of Education of China (MOE).
The School of International Trade and Economics (SITE) was established in March 2010 based on the former Department of International Trade and Economics at the School of Finance. With the support of the national key discipline in Applied Economics of the University, SITE offers academic programs, conducts scientific research and provides social service in the field of international trade and its related disciplines.
The University began to offer undergraduate programs in International Trade and Economics in 1999 and now it has developed a multi-level and completed talent training system by offering undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. programs in the fields of international trade and international business. SITE currently has four undergraduate programs, namely, International Trade and Economics, International Trade and Economics (International Trade/Financial Risk Management focus), International Business, and Trade Economics, two postgraduate programs, namely, Master of International Trade and Master of International Business (MIB), one Ph.D. program and one post-doctoral program in International Trade. One Ph.D. thesis was awarded Beijing Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in 2008. Two master theses were awarded the National Best Theses in International Business.
Approved by the Ministry of Education in 2004, the School launched an international joint undergraduate program in International trade and Economics (International Trade/Financial Risk Management focus) between CUFE and VU (Victoria University in Australia). This program has made great achievements in the talent training mode and internationalization in the past decade. In 2012, the School successfully applied for the Beijing key discipline in World Economy in the name of the University and has been engaged in developing this discipline since then.
SITE consists of the Department of International Trade, the Department of International Business and the Department of Trade Economics (planned). Several research centers and laboratories have also been established including the Research Center for Global Trade and Investment Policy, the Research Center for International Business, the Lab for Trade Measures Quantification and Evaluation and the Lab for International Business Simulation.
In recent years, the School brings together many distinguished scholars in international trade and promotes partnership and research cooperation with many domestic and foreign universities, research institutions and international organizations. SITE focuses on the research frontier in international trade, international finance, foreign direct investment, world economy, international business and trade economics. It also emphasizes the cooperation with the government and the industry. The School has made great progress in the disciplinary development, talent training and academic research.