The School of Economic & Management (SME), former Department of Politics established in 1974 and renamed as the Department of Politics, Law and Economics in 2000, was officially set up in 2007 in order to implement Hubei Normal University’s strategy of developing nine major disciplines.

SME has three second-level disciplines - economic statistics, management statistics and corporate social work, as well as quantitative economics (under applied mathematics) authorized to confer master’s degree. It also has eight provincial teaching and research platforms, including a competitive, unique discipline group – Resources and Environment; a key humanities and social science research base – the Research Center for Transformation and Development of Resource-exhausted Cities; an experimental teaching demonstration center for economic and management; a virtual simulation experimental teaching center for economic and management; a program on training personnel in international trade (logistics) to support the development of strategic emerging (pillar) industries; a base for IT university students to start their businesses, a resource sharing course – Political Economics; and a university-level competitive, unique discipline group – Management and Law. The Urban Development Institute, Huangshi branch of Hubei Academy of Social Sciences, and the Research Center for Huangshi New Countryside Building are affiliated to SME.

SME has a strong, vigorous and motivated teaching and research force, including 54 dedicated teachers, among whom 7 are professors and 20 are associate professors. There are 16 teachers holding doctoral degrees and some with overseas education background. It has 15 master advisors, two of whom are also serving as master advisors at Central China Normal University. There are also a number of well-known experts and scholars in China serving as visiting professors at SME. Furthermore, SME has established long-term relationships with foreign universities including University of Ulster and University of Sydney.

Currently SME provides five undergraduate majors: Economics, International Economics and Trade, Financial Management, Economic Statistics and Logistics Engineering. It has about 2,000 students in total, including c. 1,200 full-time undergraduate students, 340 students under vocational and continuing education, and nearly 400 ones seeking a second degree.

Over the past five years, SME’s faculty have led and participated in about 16 projects at or above ministerial and provincial levels supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Social Science Foundation of China and other funds; over 40 projects at provincial and department levels, and over 80 parallel consulting projects; published about 30 academic works and textbooks and over 200 papers in core journals; received about 60 awards at provincial and municipal levels. Following the principle of rooting in Huangshi, spreading across Hubei and China, and responding to global trends, SME relies on the Research Center for Transformation and Development of Resource-exhausted Cities, the Urban Development Institute and the Research Center for New Countryside Building, and also the urban transformation team, the urban development team, the enterprise development team, and the new countryside building team to develop its research capabilities in urban transformation and development and new countryside building.

Guided by the concept of outputting qualified graduates, SME is committed to developing students’ capabilities in learning, practice and innovation by constantly optimizing its teaching programs. It has a leading graduate employment rate for same majors in Hubei.

Taking the Scientific Outlook on Development as its guide, adhering to Hubei Normal University’s motto of “Integrity, Determination, Diligence, and Agility”, and promoting its hard-working and self-discipline spirit, SME is committed to delivering more talents to support local economic growth and business management.


Following the principle of rooting in Huangshi City and spreading across Hubei Province and China, and featuring serving local economic and social development, the Applied Economics discipline targets to output talents who have solid theoretical basis and specific knowledge in economics, high overall quality and capabilities, and be able to utilize many disciplines such as national economics, regional economics