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Tongji University began programs in Economics and Management in 1956, and was one of the earliest universities in China to launch such programs. The School of Economic Management was founded in 1984, and merged with the Business School to become the School of Economics and Management (hereinafter referred to as SEM) in 1998. At present, SEM covers the main disciplines of Economics and Management through the Department of Management Science and Engineering, the Department of Construction Management and Real Estate, the Department of Business Administration, the Department of Accounting, the Department of Public Administration, and the Department of Economics and Finance. Corresponding research institutes and laboratories have also been established in second-level disciplines.

After over fifty years of development, SEM has gradually established a mission of Innovation, Cultivation, and Service with a goal of Internationalization and a strong research orientation.

SEM currently boasts 213 faculty members, among whom 67 are professors, 74 are associate professors. At present, there are more than 1200 registered undergraduates, over 6000 postgraduates (including academic postgraduates and postgraduates of professional degrees, such as MBA, Master of Public Administration, Master of Engineering Management, EMBA) and doctoral candidates. After about 30-year development, SEM has cultivated thousands of professional management talents, who are now playing important roles in the development of the national economy.

Scientific research, both academic and applied, is the main focus of the school’s development. Focusing on the real needs of discipline construction and economic development, SEM combines teaching and scientific research. SEM actively undertakes research programs at the national level, working with concerned ministries, commissions and enterprises. Meanwhile, international cooperative programs have been developed with many foreign scientific research institutions, colleges and universities in the US, Germany, Switzerland, etc. The overall scientific research level ranks among the top in business schools in China.

International cooperation and exchange is one of SEM’s significant features and advantages. SEM has cooperated with ESCP European Business School, ESSEC Business School and other top business schools in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. At present, SEM has established cooperation with 90 internationally renowned colleges and universities in 30 countries and regions, including 30 dual-degree exchange programs and over 70 non-degree exchange programs which provide more than 300 tuition-free international exchange study slots for students every year. Thus, more than 50% of undergraduates have opportunities to study in European, American and other developed countries to broaden their horizons and enrich their experience. What’s more, nearly 500 long-term and short-term foreign students come to SEM for study and exchange every year. Chinese and foreign students communicate in the same classroom, creating conditions for the international learning environment and atmosphere for the school. 

SEM has had many achievements in its international growth and disciplinary development. At present, SEM is an official member of AACSB, EFMD, AMBA and PRME. It has been awarded AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB, CAMEA, PMI-GAC accreditations. In the latest Financial Times ranking, SEM ranked 10th among Asia-Pacific business schools and the top 3 in Chinese mainland; Master of Management ranked 28th in the world and 2nd in China; Tongji-Mannheim EMBA program ranked 59th in the world. In the 2019 ranking of the best masters published by the European authority Eduniversal, Master of Real Estate leapt to the third in the world and Master of Supply Chain and Logistics ranked 16th in the world, and the two programs ranked first in Asia.