The School of Mathematics at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
The School of Mathematics at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics began as the Department of Economics and Mathematics which was established in 2002. It was renamed the School of Economics and Mathematics in 2007 and the School of Mathematics in 2022. The School of Mathematics (hereinafter referred to as the "School") adheres to the school-running philosophy of "mathematics-centered, integration of mathematics and economics, and characteristic development". After 20 years of unremitting efforts, the School currently has the following undergraduate programs: Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (China's first-class undergraduate program construction institution), Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (double degrees in mathematics and Economics), Financial Mathematics (provincial first-class undergraduate program construction institution), and Computational Finance, as well as Guanghua Innovative Talents Experimental Class in Financial Mathematics. It also has the doctoral degree program of first-class discipline in mathematics (with construction directions focusing on basic mathematics, computational mathematics, applied mathematics, operational research and cybernetics, financial mathematics, and machine learning mathematics theory and application), the master's degree and doctoral degree programs in mathematical finance, and the post-doctoral research center in mathematical finance. It has prominent features in the "new finance and economics + digital economy" with "finance + mathematics + computer, and mathematics + economy", and it has significantly improved its comprehensive school running strengths.
The School has set up some institutions for academic research, including the Department of Applied Mathematics, the Department of Financial Mathematics, the Mathematical Finance Research Center, the Institute of Mathematics, and the Institute of Mathematical Modeling. It has 74 full-time teachers from home and abroad, including 21 professors, 12 doctoral supervisors, and 9 high-level experts at the national and provincial levels. It also has 1 working member of the Teaching Steering Committee of University Mathematics Program of the Ministry of Education, 1 executive director and 2 directors of the Sichuan Mathematical Society, 1 director of the Computational Mathematics Branch of the Chinese Mathematical Society, and 1 vice-chairman of the Financial Engineering and Risk Management Branch of the Operations Research Society of China. One person from the School won the "Tianfu Friendship Award" from the People's Government of Sichuan Province.
In recent years, the School has published more than 500 papers, dozens of which were published in professional top journals, including Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal., J. Differential Equations, SIAM J. Math. Anal., SIAM J. Appl. Math., SIAM J. Numer. Anal., J. Sci. Comput., J. Comput. Phys., SIAM J. Control Optim., European J. Oper. Res., Math. Program., and J. Mach. Learn. Res, and it has won more than 30 projects from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. It has achieved some high-quality research results in the fields of basic mathematics, computational mathematics, applied mathematics, operational research and cybernetics, and financial mathematics, won more than 20 national-level projects, and published more than 10 monographs.
The School undertakes the teaching of basic mathematics courses in Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, and attaches great importance to the reform of professional education and teaching. It has won 2 Sichuan Provincial teaching achievement awards, and it has been approved for setting up 2 national first-class courses. It has established "West China Futures Mathematical Finance Practice Education Base", "Tianfu New Area Hedge Fund Society Training Base" and "National Supercomputing Chengdu Center Computational Finance Joint Laboratory".
Currently, it has about 600 undergraduates, about 80 master's students and about 40 doctoral students. The employment quality of its students is high. On the average, over 55% of its graduates from undergraduate programs pursue further studies, and over 65% of directly employed graduates work in banking and non-banking financial institutions.
The School attaches great importance to international construction, focusing on international training for students. It has extensive exchanges and cooperation with well-known foreign universities including University of Oxford, Imperial College London, and the University of Pittsburgh in the United States. It has signed a "4+1" master's degree cooperation program in financial engineering with the Business School of Stevens Institute of Technology in the United States. The financial mathematics program is one of the founding programs of SWUFE-UD Institute of Data Science at SWUFE (one institution for cooperation in running school).