SUFE’s history can be traced back to the fall of 1917 when a commerce program was established at the Nanjing Higher Normal School. In 1921, the program was transferred east to Shanghai and became the Shanghai College of Commerce. This university was the first commerce university on the mainland. It was run by the National Southeastern University and Jinan Colldge. Guo Bingwen, a PhD from Columbia University, was the first Chancellor. Ma Yinchu, another PhD from Columbia University, became the first Director of Academic Affairs. Many other Chinese scholars who had studied abroad also joined the faculty.
To illustrate this, in the 1923-1924 academic year, 11 of the 16 Chinese teachers at the Shanghai University of Commerce had earned their degrees from outstanding foreign universities like Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Illinois and Edinburgh University.
In 1928, the university changed its name to the College of Commerce of National Central University. The school became independent of Central University in 1932 and was then called the National Shanghai Institute of Commerce. With this transition, it became the first completely independent commerce university on the mainland.
In 1950, the college was again renamed, becoming the Shanghai Institute of Finance and Economics. And it became the only financial university in East China after the adjustment of faculties in the 1950s.
In 1985, it adopted its present name, the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Great Elder Chen Yun (1905-1995), one of modern China’s most influential leaders, inscribed the university’s name and presented it to SUFE as a gift. In 1997, CPCCC General Secretary Jiang Zemin also made an inscription at the celebration of the university’s 80th anniversary. He wrote, “With eyes toward the new century, go forth and thoroughly transform the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics into a first-rate socialist university.”
|1917.6||Nanjing Higher Normal School established its business program|
|1921.9||National Southeast University and Jinan College collaboratively established the Shanghai University of Commerce, which relocated to Shanghai|
|1922.7||The National Southeast University established the Shanghai University of Commerce|
|1927.7||The university was renamed as the Fourth Sun Yat-sen University Business School|
|1928.2||The university was renamed as the School of Commerce of Jiangsu University|
|1928.5||The university was renamed as the College of Commerce of Central University|
|1932.8||Incorporation of the Department of Economics of Shanghai Labor University. The university split and became the National Shanghai Institute of Commerce|
|1950.8||Incorporation of the Shanghai School of Law. The university was renamed as the Shanghai College of Finance and Economics|
|1951.4-8||Incorporation of the East China School of Economics, the Department of Financial Management of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Guanghua University Business School, and the Accounting Department of Daxia University|
|1952.8-10||Incorporation of the Institute of Finance and Economics of Fudan University, the Business School of Hujiang University, Zhejiang College of Finance and Economics, the Department of Industrial Management of Jiangnan University, Lixin Accounting School, the Business School of Datong University, the Accounting and Business Administration Department of Shanghai College, the Department of Economics of St. John’s University, the Night Program of Aurora University Law School, China College of Industry and Commerce, the Accounting Department of Soochow Law School, the Night School of Shanghai College of Commerce, and the Department of Economics of Soochow University|
|1953.8||Incorporation of Shandong College of Finance and Economics, and the Department of Business Administration of Xiamen University|
|1958.9||Recalled staff, the East China University of Politics and Law, Fudan University Law Department, Shanghai Economic Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Shanghai History Research Institute jointly created the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences|
|1960.9||The Shanghai College of Finance and Economics was founded on the basis of the Junior College Department of Shanghai Business School|
|1972.4||Revoked during the Cultural Revolution, the staff transferred to Fudan University and other universities|
|1978.12||The Shanghai College of Finance and Economics resumed classes|
|1985.9||The university was renamed as the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics|