Our History

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. Quo-Wei 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

Tsinghua SEM completed the first phase of a new IT project

MBA admissions reform initiated

Master’s programs reform initiated, and Master’s in Management (MiM) program initiated, first 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

Tsinghua SEM completed the second phase of the new IT project

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

The third phase of the new IT project completed

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

New buildings groundbreaking ceremony held

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

A track of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership of the second degree undergraduate program in Management offered

A track of Finance of the second degree undergraduate program in Economics offered

The Tsinghua-INSEAD dual degree EMBA program ranked first globally in the Financial Times EMBA ranking, first time for a mainland Chinese business schoo

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