Fudan University set up a business discipline in 1917 and the School of Business followed in 1929.
After a hiatus during the Mao era, Fudan started to enroll undergraduates for management science in 1977, establishing a department of management science in 1979 and restoring the school of management in 1985. There has been considerable expansion since, including, in 1992, the establishment of Fudan Business Consulting Co. Ltd., that provides management services for multinationals, state-owned enterprises and all levels of governmental organisations. Those involved have included: Citibank, MasterCard International, Starr Foundation, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Nike, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Panasonic Group, Standard Chartered Bank, Baosteel Group and the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Fudan’s seven departments are: finance, industrial economics, management science, accounting, business administration, marketing and statistics.
There is a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate courses. These include: MBA (mainly taught in Mandarin) and the Fudan-MIT International MBA (IMBA) which is taught in English as a collaboration between the Fudan University School of Management and the MIT Sloan School of Management.
The Fudan IMBA (S3 Asia) is taught in collaboration with National University of Singapore Business School and Korean University Business School. Other courses include the Master of Business Administration (International), a Part-Time Programme jointly offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics of The University of Hong Kong and the School of Management of Fudan University in Shanghai, the Fudan-BI MBA, offered in partnership by BI Norwegian Business School and the Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc); EMBA; Fudan-NTU EMBA, offered with Taiwan University.
There is also the Fudan-Olin EMBA, the Washington University-Fudan University Executive MBA Program, the CityU-FudanU DBA Program and many others.
As for its PhD programme, Fudan’s School of Management creating the first Consecutive MPhil-PhD Degree Program in China.
Fudan’s international activity is spread across exchange programs with 87 world-renowned universities from over 20 countries or regions including America, Italy, Norway, Britain, France, Singapore, Australia, South Korea and Hong Kong.
The school has 14 research centres and institutes covering an array of areas. These include the Shanghai Logistics Institute; Center for E-commerce Research; Center for Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Research; Center for China Market Research; Center for Business Development and Management Innovation; Center for Oriental Management Research; Institute of Economic Management; Institute for Industrial Economics; Institute for Human Resources Management; Institute for Business Administration; Center for Statistical Consulting and Research; Center for International Business Management Research; Center for Service Marketing and Management and Center for Finance and Capital Market Research.
There are also a number of corporate-sponsored forums that provide channels for students to learn and network. They include the Forum of Management Masters which invites multinational executives and outstanding Chinese entrepreneurs to deliver speeches and share their secrets to success, working experiences and life lessons and the Inquiry for Insight Seminar shares new findings and thoughts of renowned scholars and specialists in China. The Fudan Joint Forum invites keynote speakers from internationally well-known companies or influential entrepreneurs and business elites in China. The Fudan Humanities Lecture Series, meanwhile, invites academic leaders and renowned scholars from different schools and departments of Fudan University to speak on interdisciplinary themes. Finally, the PhD Students Forum enables students to exchange ideas and inform their doctoral studies.
Fudan has gained a series of accreditations in the last 20 years: Partnership in International Management (PIM) 2007; Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) 2009; EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) 2009 and AACSB in 2010, the shortest period of time between the two accreditations recorded so far.