Our History

1926
• Department of Economics established with ZHU Binyuan as Chair

1928
• CHEN Daisun appointed as Chair of Department of Economics

1952
• Department of Economics merged into other universities under a nationwide academic restructuring regime

1979
• Department of Economics and Management Engineering established with DONG Xinbao as Chair and FU Jiaji as Vice Chair
• Master’s in Management Engineering program began

1980
• Undergraduate program began

1981
• Executive education program for high-level managers of enterprises began

1984
• Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (Tsinghua SEM) established with ZHU Rongji as founding dean

1986
• Tsinghua SEM accredited to grant doctoral degrees in Systems Engineering and Technical Economics
• Old SEM Building completed and put into use

1991
• MBA program launched

1994
• Tsinghua SEM celebrated its 10th anniversary, and Dean ZHU Rongji remarked: “If each of you runs an enterprise successfully, there will be a great hope for China's economy”

1997
• Tsinghua SEM relocated to new facilities in the Weilun Building, donated by Mr. and Mrs. QuoWei Lee
• International MBA program in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management launched

1998
• Tsinghua SEM accredited to grant doctoral degrees in Econometrics and Enterprise Management

2000
• The Advisory Board established with ZHU Rongji as Honorary Chairman
• Tsinghua SEM accredited to grant doctoral degrees in Business Administration

2001
• ZHAO Chunjun became the second Dean of Tsinghua SEM
• Management Science and Engineering, Technical Economics and Management, and Econometrics named National Priority Disciplines
• Tsinghua SEM partnered with Harvard Business School to launch the Tsinghua-Harvard executive education program

2002
• EMBA program launched
• Shunde Building, funded by a contribution from Mr. S.T. Wu, was completed and put into use
• Special-Term Professorship program launched

2003
• Tsinghua SEM accredited to grant doctoral degrees in Political Economy

2004
• Tsinghua SEM celebrated its 20th anniversary
• Department of Enterprise Management divided into Department of Human Resources,Department of Marketing and Department of • Business Strategy and Policy

2005
• Tsinghua University Executive Vice-President HE Jiankun became the third Dean of Tsinghua SEM 

2006
• QIAN Yingyi became the fourth Dean of Tsinghua SEM
• Tsinghua SEM accredited to grant doctoral degrees in Theoretical Economics and Applied Economics
• The second degree undergraduate program in Economics began

2007
• Tsinghua SEM obtained AACSB accreditation
• Management Science and Engineering, Business Administration, and Econometrics named National Priority Disciplines
• The Tsinghua-INSEAD dual degree EMBA program began

2008
• Tsinghua SEM accredited under EQUIS

2009
• New undergraduate curriculum launched
• New MBA curriculum launched
• Master’s in Professional Accounting program launched

2010
• MBA admissions reform initiated
• Master’s programs reform initiated, and Master’s in Management (MiM) program initiated, frst in China

2011
• Tsinghua Business Review launched
• Founding Dean ZHU Rongji returned to SEM upon Tsinghua centennial celebration
• Celebration held for the 85th anniversary of the Department of Economics
• Master’s in Management (MiM) program and Master’s in Finance program began
• Doctoral programs restructured with admissions decisions made by department

2012
• The faculty tenure-track system implemented
• All new EMBA curriculum launched
• The Tsinghua-INSEAD dual degree EMBA program ranked fourth globally and first among EMBA programs in mainland China in the  Financial Times EMBA ranking

2013
• Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy established
• Tsinghua x-lab launched
• The second degree undergraduate program in Management resumed
• MBA+X dual-degree program launched
• Tsinghua SEM Entrepreneur Fellows Program launched

2014
• Undergraduate admissions reform experiment initiated
• China Journal of Economics launched
• Tsinghua SEM celebrated its 30th anniversary
• Tsinghua SEM Alumni Association founded
• Tsinghua-MIT Global MBA program in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management launched
• Undergraduate education reform won the first prize of China national education achievement award
• Tsinghua-Columbia dual degree Master’s program in business analytics launched
• MBA education reform won the first prize of Chinese society of academic degrees and graduate
 education achievement award

2015
• Tsinghua-SMU Master of Science in CFO Leadership program launched
• Tsinghua SEM X-elerator launched
• The Tsinghua-INSEAD dual degree EMBA program ranked first globally in the Financial Times EMBA ranking, first time for a mainland Chinese business school

2016
• Celebration held for the 90th anniversary of the Department of Economics
• The exhibition on Professor CHEN Daisun opened
• The exhibition on Professor ZHAO Jiahe opened
• A new course ZHU Rongji Economic and Management Theory and Practice launched
• Executive Management Training (EMT) launched

2017
• A new course Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Insights from Silicon Valley launched in collaboration with Facebook