The Department of Finance, as the most important and earliest department of CUFE, has had considerable influence in China. It has dedicated its research and teaching to the basics of theoretical finance and has made outstanding achievements.
The Department of Finance focuses its academic research in the theory of monetary credit, financial institutions, financial markets, financial regulation, financial macro-control, and financial history.
The Department of Finance offers the following courses: Finance (formerly referred to as Monetary Banking), Central Banking, Financial History of China, Financial Statistics and Data Mining, Contemporary Western Monetary and Financial Theories, the Frontier Theory of Monetary Finance. Courses are offered for students in doctoral, master's, undergraduate and specialist level degrees. In 2003, Monetary Banking was the first course to receive the honor of National Excellence.
The faculty of the Department of Finance, led by Professor Li Jian, currently consists of 11 teachers, among which there are six professors and five associate professors, five of which serve as doctoral supervisors. In 2007, the faculty was awarded the honor of National Outstanding Teaching Team, which includes nationally renowned teachers and members of The New Century Millions of Talents Project (National Level) and The New Century Excellent Talents Support Program. The faculty was twice awarded first place in National Teaching Achievement, once in 2001 and then again in 2005. They were awarded first place in Beijing Teaching Achievement for Higher Education in 2005 and second place in 2001. In recent years, the team has published a number of textbooks and academic works. Among them, Central Banking won first prize for National Excellence in Textbooks; three textbooks received the Beijing Excellent Teaching Material Award; one textbook was designated as a Nationally Recommended Excellent Teaching Material by the Ministry of Education; five textbooks were selected for the Eleventh Five-Year-Plan national planning textbook project of the Ministry of Education. Meanwhile, the team has completed several national and provincial-level research projects.