A brief history

Honoured as “the forefather of Chinese business education”, the Economics and Management School of Wuhan University (EMS) has a long history. It dates back to 1893 in the Qing Dynasty, when Zhang Zhidong, the governor of Hubei and Hunan provinces, founded the “Ziqiang (Self-Reliance) Institute.” This included a division of commerce and business and was, in practice, the earliest business education institution in China. Over the subsequent years, the School has then proceeded to develop its academic reputation in both teaching and research in the two related fields of economics and management.

In January, 2001, the Wuhan University established its first Business School through the merger of 5 different schools from 3 universities. These were the former Economics School, the Management School and the former Tourism Management School of WHU, the former Economics and Management School of WUHEE, and the Marketing Department of WTUSM. In August 2005, the Business School was renamed as the Economics and Management School (EMS) and was relocated into a purpose-built office building. It offers 30,000m² of offices and teaching facilities which have been fully equipped with state-of-art teaching and research facilities together with an extensive library dedicated to economics and management and a nation-wide show-case research lab centre.

In January 2013, under a "Global Recruitment Plan", the University has recruited and appointed a new dean for the School, Prof Danyang Xie, from the Business School of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) where he worked as the Head of Department of Economics. Prof Xie is a WHU alumnus (BSc in Mathematics, 1983) and he obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1992. He was sworn in as the Dean on 27th June, 2013, and is in preparation for the position of Full-time Dean starting January 1, 2014.

Educational and research programmes of the School

Within its two broad subject disciplines of Economics and Management, the School has 4 first-level disciplines, all with the right to award Masters, PhD and post-doctoral qualifications. It has one national key first-level discipline and 7 national key secondary disciplines, all of which have obtained distinguished qualifications within either the national higher education system or Hubei province itself.

In May 2013, the School was offering 22 doctoral programmes, 26 academic master programmes, 13 professional master degree programmes (such as MBA, EMBA, etc), 18 undergraduate programmes and 7 experimental-teaching undergraduate classes

Currently, EMS had a faculty of 276 full-time teachers, and among these, there are 110 full professors (1 senior professor and 66 doctoral supervisors) and 114 associate professors. The school has around 13,000 students registered on different courses. These consisted of 4000-odd undergraduates (about 30%), 6000 undergraduates for double degrees (about 46%) and 3000-odd postgraduate students (about 23%), and among them, there are 170 international students and 300-odd students from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

With the speedy development of all the disciplines and the ever-growing competition, the school insists on running the school with principles of “to establish the school with education, to strengthen the school with scientific research, to run the school with democracy, to thrive the school with reformation, to govern the school with principles and to revive the school with open-up policy”, the Economics and Management School insists on running the school with the principle of “equal emphasis on economics and management science, and equal emphasis on application research and theoretical research.” Establishing the leading role of the disciplines construction, the school sets the personnel cultivation as the focus of its work. On the platform of internationalization, the School ensures an active implementation of teaching, research and social services to improve the quality of its teaching and pursue a joint endeavor to produce first-rate scholars and workers and obtain first-rate achievement and efficiency. The Economics And Management School will strive to establish itself as a first-rate school in China, a harmonious and high standard school of economics and management with international reputation.