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Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management

Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management
Established 1984
Dean Qian Yingyi
Academic staff 152
Undergraduates 1,048
Postgraduates 2,150
(440 in Master's )
(278 in Ph.D.)
(1,432 in MBA)
(979 in Executive MBA)
Location Beijing, China
Campus Urban
Affiliations Tsinghua University
Website Tsinghua SEM
Tsinghua SEM logo

Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (abbreviation: Tsinghua SEM; Chinese: 清华大学经济管理学院, qīng huá dà xué jīng jì guǎn lǐ xué yuàn ), is the business school of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The school offers undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and many executive education programs, with a total enrollment of more than 3,000 students.


Early History

The history of Tsinghua SEM dates back to year 1926, when Tsinghua University established its Faculty of Economics. In 1956, when the Chinese government decided to regroup higher education institutions in an attempt to build a Soviet style education system, the Faculty of Economics was separated from Tsinghua and merged into other universities.


In 1979, with the Chinese economic reform taking place, Tsinghua University started preparing setting up a new School of Economics and Management Engineering. School of Economics and Management was officially established in 1984, with Zhu Rongji being the first president.



The Tsinghua School of Economics and Management (SEM) is consistently ranked one of the best among business schools in China.[1] It was the first mainland Chinese institution outside of Hong Kong to have achieved AACSB and EQUIS accreditations for its business and accounting programs. Founded in 1984, SEM was the first economics and management school in China. Its Founding Dean, Professor Zhu Rongji, later became the fifth Premier of the People’s Republic of China. It is the successor to Tsinghua University's Department of Economics, which was established in 1926. Its main competitor is Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.[2]

Today, both SEM's professional and academic programs are considered one of the premier training grounds for China's business leaders.[3]


Weilun Building, Tsinghua SEM

MBA and EMBA programs

SEM's International MBA program is one of the most prestigious programs in the People's Republic of China. The entirely English program is offered in collaboration with the MIT Sloan School of Management. The school provides more than 100 MBA courses per year. Upon finishing their required courses, students can select from curricula of different tracks (enterprise management, finance and banking, enterprise innovation and management, accounting analysis and management control, e-commerce, international business administration, etc.). After two years of business and leadership education, students obtain a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Tsinghua University as well as both a certificate from the MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT Sloan affiliate alumni status. Besides the M.I.T.-Tsinghua International MBA program, international students with Chinese-language skills can also choose to apply to the full-time MBA and the part-time MBA.[4]

SEM also offers an EMBA program in partnership with INSEAD. The Tsinghua-INSEAD Dual Degree Executive MBA program was initiated in 2006, and is the first program of its kind in China combining international business education with a focus on Asia. The program’s first class was opened in the summer of 2007. The program is taught jointly by the two schools’ faculties and focuses on developing the participants’ leadership skills, building their global mindsets, and honing their managerial talents. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are awarded two degrees: an EMBA degree by Tsinghua University and an MBA for Executives degree by INSEAD. Graduates become alumni of the two schools.[5]

With the Kering Academy and HEC Business School in Paris, Tsinghua offers an 18- month executive program focused on Kering "managers identified as high-potential talents at Kering and its brands operating in China."[6]


Areas of study

There are 8 majors in SEM, namely: management science and engineering, finance, economics, accounting, corporation strategy and policy, marketing, human resources management, and technology economics and management.

Research centers

The school also operates a number of prominent research centers, including: the Research Center for Contemporary Management, the Research Center for Technological Innovation, the National Entrepreneurship Research Center, the China Center for Financial Research, the National Center for Economic Research, the China Retail Research Center, the China Business Research Center, the Center for China in the World Economy, the Research Center for Contemporary Management and Technological Innovation, and the China Insurance and Risk Management Research Center.


Since 2006, Tsinghua SEM has been recruiting every year from the top PhD programs in the world. Most of the new professors have international backgrounds and many of them graduated from universities such as Harvard, Yale, Wharton, MIT, Stanford, etc.


Tsinghua SEM boasts the most talented students. The undergraduate program is known in mainland China as one of the two programs that are most difficult to get in (the other being the undergraduate program in Guanghua School of Management of Peking University). More than half of the students admitted to Tsinghua SEM ranked top 10 out of tens of thousands of students in the National Higher Education Entrance Examination in their respective provinces. In Tsinghua University, students in SEM are known not only for their outstanding academic ability, but also for their creativity. Last year, many SEM students won excellent places in international case competitions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Copenhagen, Vancouver and Kuala Lumpur.

Noted people

Advisory board

Initiated by SEM's Founding Dean Zhu Rongji, the Advisory Board of Tsinghua SEM was established in October 2000. Since its establishment, the Advisory Board has met annually to offer advice on the development of Tsinghua SEM.[7] The Advisory Board has provided tremendous help in the following initiatives:

  • Contributing ideas and formulating strategies to make Tsinghua SEM a world-class school
  • Promoting faculty development at Tsinghua SEM
  • Supporting the establishment of research centers
  • Funding research projects


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  2. ^ baidu. "北京大学光华管理学院". 百度. 
  3. ^ "Regional expertise is a priority". Financial Times. 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
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  5. ^ "Tsinghua INSEAD EMBA Programme". Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  6. ^ Guilbault , Laure (10 April 2014). "Kering Launches Executive Program in China". WWD. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  7. ^ [3]

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