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School Overview & Development History


The MUC School of Economics was formerly the 1952-founded Research Office of Political Economy from the Department of the Political Department and the 1980-founded Minorities Economic Research Institute of Minzu College of China. In March 1986, the Research Office of Political Economy was separated from the Department of Politics to form the Department of Economics. In August 2000, the School of Economics was established, including the Department of Economics and Management and the Institute of Minority Economics. In March 2004, the Department of Economics and Management was abolished, and the institute was unified, namely the School of Economics (Institute of Minority Economics).


Within the school, there are teaching and research institutions such as the Department of Economics, the Department of Finance, the Department of Finance, the Department of International Economics and Trade, the Institute of Minority Economics, and the Center for Contemporary Chinese Economic Studies at the MUC School of Economics. There is also a MUC office, an office of undergraduate teaching management, an office of graduate student teaching management, an office of scientific research management, the Student Work Office, the Comprehensive Library and Reference Office, and the four editorial departments pertaining to the journals Economic China, Rural Economy, National Economy, and Teaching and Learning.


School Divisions:


  • Department of Economics

  • Department of Finance

  • Department of Finance

  • Department of international economy and trade

  • Institute of Minority Nationality Economy

  • Center for Contemporary Chinese Economic Research

  • MUC Department of Economics




Majors & Programs


The MUC School of Economics is the first academic institution in China, specializing in minority economic research. It is also a teaching base for cultivating advanced theoretical and applied talents in minority economics. It is the first department of its kind to establish a master's degree and doctoral degree and post-doctoral mobile disciplines through the "211 Project" and "985 Project" of MUC. Currently, there are doctoral programs and a post-doctoral mobile station for Chinese minority economics; there is a first-level master discipline of theoretical economics and a first-level master discipline of applied economics. Furthermore, there are second-level disciplines of political economics, western economics, regional economics, population resources. Other than this, there are bachelor's degree programs in environmental economics, finance, international economics, and trade, etc. Therefore, it can be said that the system is relatively complete.





Undergraduate Programs (4-Year Programs)

  • Environmental Economics

  • Finance

  • International Economics and Trade

  • Political Economics

  • Western Economics

  • Regional Economics

  • Population Resources


Academic Master's Programs (3-Year Programs)

  • Theoretical Economics

  • Applied Economics


School Focus, Beliefs & Development Objectives


The MUC School of Economics will continue to innovate under the education and teaching model that follows science laws. Under the guidance of the scientific concept of development, the teachers and students of the school are closely following the strategic requirements of the country's economic and social development and the needs of national unity and development and closely focus on the two themes of "improving the quality of personnel training" and "research and innovation capabilities" proposed by MUC. Also, they adhere to the tenet of "teaching the teacher's morality, the academics are still strict, the cause is diligent, and the talents are simple and generous." They will unswervingly follow the road of quality first, connotation-oriented and sustainable development, striving to strengthen the characteristics and integration. The MUC School of Economics is moving towards building a distinctive, high-level teaching and research college.



Our Talent


The MUC School of Economics has a team of teachers with professional titles, academic qualifications, reasonable age structure, strong research ability, and high teaching level, also some well-known scholars at home and abroad including a great creator of the China's minority economic disciplines, Professor Shi Zhengyi, and the well-known economist Professor Liu Yongzhen. There are 53 full-time teachers, including 19 professors, 19 associate professors, and 10 doctoral supervisors. Among the full-time teachers, 74% have doctoral degrees. In addition, the MUC School of Economics also hires many well-known scholars from the field of economics as external experts under the auspices of the "985" project and the "211" project fund.


Full-Time Staff: 50+

Professors and Associate Professors: 38

Staff with Doctoral Degrees: 35+


Academic Exchanges and Cooperation at Home and Abroad


The MUC School of Economics has been largely involved with domestic economic research and policy recommendations. Several of the departments most active scholars recieve financial backing from the State Council.


Examples of Internationally Active Scholars






Shi Zhengyi (施正一), Han Ethnicity

Professor and Doctoral Advisor

Ph.D. in Economics



Mr. Shi Zhengyi, born in 1932, is a second-level professor, a doctoral tutor, and an expert enjoying a special allowance provided by the State Council. In August 1954, he entered the Department of Economics of Renmin University of China and studied under the Soviet expert Professor Kadarayav. In March 1958, he was transferred to the Political Department of the Central University for Nationalities (MUC).


Research Interests & Activity


Mr. Shi Zhengyi is a well-known economist and ethnologist in China, and the pioneer and founder of China's Ethnic Minority Economics discipline. His main areas of research interest include Marxist economics, ethnology, and national economics, amongst other topics. Mr. Shi Zhengyi first proposed and initiated the creation of a new local discipline by the name of "Ethnic Economics", He has proposed the concept of "broad ethnology".


Key Projects


In the past, he served as the Director of the Institute of Ethnic Minority Economics of Minzu University, the Director of the Graduate Department, the Executive Vice-President and Secretary-General of the Chinese Association of Ethnic Minorities Economic Research. Moreover, he has served as the vice-chairman of the China Federation of Economic Relations.


Representative Publications


He has published more than 120 papers and dozens of books. Related works include: "Ethnic Economics and the Four Modernizations in Ethnic Regions", "General Ethnology" (Editor-in-Chief), "History of Western Ethnology", "Ethnographic Dictionary", "Research on Ethnic Science and Ethnic Issues", "Nation "Introduction to Economics", "Ethnic Economics Course", "Marx's Economic Theory", "Research on Economic Development in Ethnic Areas in Western China" (Editor-in-Chief), "Chinese Ethnic Minority Economic Dictionary", "Chinese Ethnic Economics Introduction" (main group Editor), among which five books have won national, provincial and ministerial outstanding achievement awards.





Liu Yongji(刘永佶), Han ethnicity

Professor and Former Dean, MUC School of Economics

Ph.D. in Economics



Liu Yongji was born in 1951 and is from Qinhuangdao, Hebei. He is a professor and the former Dean of the MUC School of Economics. He concurrently serves as the Vice-President of the Chinese Society for the History of Marxist Economic Theory, the Vice-President of the Capital Economist Forum, the Chairman of the Joint Committee of the Economic Schools of National Minority (Regional) Colleges, and the Vice-President of the China Enterprise Reform and Development Research Association. Since 1993, he has enjoyed a special government allowance from the State Council. In 1995, he was named the outstanding young social science expert of Hebei Province. In 1997, he was awarded the title of "Provincial Management Expert" by the Hebei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China.


Research Interests & Activity


He has long been engaged in political economy methodology, Chinese political economy, and other related fields.


Key Projects


He has presided over 4 National Social Science Fund projects, including 1 key project. His achievement earned him the Young Teacher Award of the Fok Yingdong Foundation of the State Education Commission in 1989, and the second prize of the National University Excellent Teaching Achievement Award of the State Education Commission in 1994 (the award-winning result was themed focusing on "Unifying the Research of Political Economics Methodology and Teaching". Moreover, he won the Second Prize of the First National Excellent Social Science Research Achievement Award conferred by the State Education Commission (the award-winning work is "Political Economics Methodology") in 1996. He won the China Book Award in 1991 (the award-winning work is "The Methodology of Marxist Economics Manuscripts"), 1994, 1996, 1998 Won the first prize for outstanding achievements in social sciences of Hebei Province for three consecutive years (the award-winning works are "Methodology of Political Economy", "Introduction to China's Modernization", "Labor Humanitarianism-Principles of Marxism").


Representative Publications


He has published monographs such as "Methodology of Chinese Political Economy", "Logic of "Capital", "Chinese Political Economy-Subjectivist Theme Proposition" and more than 200 academic papers in journals such as "Economic Research" and "Marxist Research",





Huang Taiyan (黄泰岩), Han Ethnicity

MUC President, Professor and Doctoral Advisor

Ph.D. in Economics





Huang Taiyan was born in Zhaoyuan City, Shandong Province, in 1957. He is currently a MUC President, Professor, and a Doctoral Supervisor at Minzu University of China. Other than this, he is the Director of China Private Enterprise Research Center of Renmin University of China, a Professor of China Institute of Economic Reform and Development, President of China Economic Development Research Association, a representative of the 12th National People's Congress as well as seventh Member of the Discipline Evaluation Group of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council.


Research Interests & Activity


His main research direction is China's economic reform and development.


Key Projects


He was awarded the title of "Chinese Doctor of Outstanding Contributions" by the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council. Selected successively as a delegate in the first batch of cross-century talents in Beijing and was also included into the first batch of cross-century talents by the Ministry of Education, a second-tier candidate of the "Hundred-Ten Thousand Talents Project" of the Ministry of Personnel, Beijing New Century Theoretical Talents, and a delegate in the first batch of Humanities and Social Sciences Changjiang Scholars Distinguished Professor.


Representative Publications


He has successively published more than 60 books such as "China Economic Hot Frontier" series, "China Economic Development Report" series, "Exploring the Road to Political Economy", "Exploring the Road to Development", and "Exploring the Road to Market". More than 450 papers have been published in journals such as Social Science, Economic Research, and Seeking Truth. Won nearly 30 scientific research and teaching awards, presided over nearly 50 key projects of the National Social Science Fund and major research projects of the Ministry of Education.



School Slogan


"Teachers' moral education, academic preciseness, hard work, simple and generous talents."




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