Nankai University’s College of Economic and Social Development (hereafter referred to as CESD) was established in 1998. It complies with the demand of Nankai University of higher education requirements and actively seeks important achievements on education reforms.
After more than twenty years of rapid development, the CESD has built a leading platform for Applied Economic Research. It includes an Industrial Economics key disciplinary field, a key research base of the China’s 985 Regional Economy Project, and a national-level Institute of Modern Logistics. In order to foster a large number of outstanding graduates for the society, the CESD has made a series of first-level research publications, becoming an influential domestic research and personnel training base. At the same time, it is an important stage for Nankai’s high-level international academic exchange and innovation in scientific research, teaching, and management.
The CESD promotes the development of Regional and Industrial Economics, Logistics and Strategic Management, and other disciplines which may be suitable for China’s economic and social development needs. Currently, there are four Master’s degrees in its portfolio (Industrial Economics, Regional Economics, Logistics and Logistics Engineering), a joint Postdoctoral workstation in Applied Economics with CASTED (Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development) and two Postdoctoral stations (Applied Economics and Management Science and Engineering). The staff consists of six Professors, nine Associate Professors, and ten Lecturers. The College, adhering to the idea of Open Development and acquisition of external intellectual resources, hired well-known experts at home and abroad, and also scholars who are currently working as part-time professors and researchers.
The College of Economic and Social Development will, as always, continue working on improving the quality of the institution, with talented professionals, a strict management plan according to its basic principles. The CESD will also follow its exploration on the cultivation of new disciplines which can enhance the advantages of competitive scientific research. It will strive to cultivate high-quality compound talent able to strengthen the social function of applied disciplines, and constantly learn the power of innovation. By 2020, the CESD aspires to become the most powerful interdisciplinary education research center in China, with international influence, and also a high-level consultation research institution.