The undergraduate program Finance, also the first sino-foreign cooperative program at SCNU, witnessed the  admission of 70.8% of its graduates to universities for postgraduate study this year, achieving a new height compared with 67.5% of the first batch of students.

The class of 2020 consisted of 48 graduates, of which 31 students were admitted to high-level overseas universities for postgraduate study. 64.5% of them were admitted by universities ranking in the top 100 in the world (based on the Times Higher Education World University Ranking of 2020), such as University College London, the University of Edinburgh, King’s College London, the Chinese university of Hong Kong, and the University of Sydney.


Cofounded by the International Business College of SCNU and the Business School of the University of Aberdeen, the program is supported by a group of excellent teaching faculty with international talents training plans collaboratively. Some courses were introduced from the core curriculum in Real Estate Finance, one of the dominant majors at the University of Aberdeen. They were taught by professors from the University of Aberdeen along with teaching assistants from SCNU.

Speaking of the courses of the program, Xu Qiannan thinks they are very useful for her future study abroad. She has been the only student admitted by University College London, which ranks 15th in the world and is one of the members in the G5 Group.

“We do many case analyses and carry out project-based learning in class, and the professor would use those cases to explain some key concepts and leave questions for discussion next class,” she says. “I think this way of teaching not only trains our logical thinking, but prepares us well for the study abroad.”

Apart from the courses taught by professors from the University of Aberdeen, other courses are also mostly taught in English by lecturers and professors from SCNU. It provides students with an environment to experience and use English, which is similar to that of foreign universities.

The project also established practice bases off campus and a practice center and mega data analysis laboratory for financial engineering on the campus. Tan Lele, who was admitted by Chinese university of Hong Kong, expressed his love for courses that combine teaching and field trips.

“When taking the course International Real Estate in year four, our professor led us to visit and investigate the Guangzhou branch of Colliers International. I think it acts as a bridge between theory and practice, making clear what we need in the future job market,” says Tan Lele.

In addition, students can apply for the “2+2” exchange program in the third year, which means they spend the first two years at SCNU and continue their study at the University of Aberdeen the following years. After the exchange program, they can get certificates from both schools. Students who participate in the exchange program appreciate the experience very much.

Liao Bosi, who was enrolled at the University of Edinburgh, said that the practical knowledge and social and cultural knowledge learned from this experience is valuable for both furthering his study and finding a job abroad. “I also have a better understanding of my major and find out a clearer direction for my future study,” added Shi Yanxun, who was admitted by King’s College London.

As the leading force in internationalized education, the program has been strongly supported by the university and related departments since its debut. The program has won the first prize in both the 9th and the 10th Teaching Achievement Award of SCNU for its achievement in teaching and talents training. It was also approved as a distinctive project of Guangdong province in 2019.

The joint project of Finance will continue to hold an internationalized view and conform to the standard of developing a first-class major. It will provide students with more opportunities to further their studies in world-class universities, thus cultivating versatile talents with an internationalized view to help facilitate the construction of Guangdong- Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and the economic development of China.

Source from the International Business College

Written by Long Yuchen

Proofread by Edwin Baak 

Edited and reviewed by Li Jianru

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