The Shenzhen government entrusted The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHK-Shenzhen) to establish Shenzhen Finance Institute (SFI), to respond to the “Belt and Road” Initiative, Guangdong-Hong Kong and Shenzhen-Hong Kong cooperation, and the demand for high-level education and research institutions with Shenzhen’s rapid socioeconomic development; to satisfy the expectations from mainstream academia and industries from all over the world to build a platform with “global vision and Chinese focus” for research and communication; and to tackle the opportunities and challenges brought by the upcoming changes in the world’s financial and economic structures. SFI is committed to nurturing high-end talents in the field of finance and economics, conducting high-level research, establishing a global exchange platform, and functioning as a state-of-the-art think-tank. Our mission and vision are articulated below:
1 To nurture high-end talents: SFI has collaborated with CUHK-Shenzhen to offer Master programmes in the fields of economics and finance, and business management, and non-degree executive education programmes. At present, SFI offers five full-time Master of Science programmes in finance, economics, accounting, data science, and marketing, and two part-time Master of Science programmes in finance and business management. In the future, other graduate and doctoral programmes in the field of economics and finance are to be offered.
2 To conduct high level research: SFI has developed multiple research centers, collaborated with Princeton University and The People’s Bank of China to set up postdoctoral research programmes, and recruited researchers from home and abroad, with the aim of studying the theoretical issues and policy decisions regarding the Chinese economy with a focus on the Shenzhen and Hong Kong markets
3 To establish a global exchange platform: SFI hosts international academic conferences periodically, and has co-hosted symposiums with internationally renowned institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Princeton University, and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). In addition, SFI also initiated VoxChina.org, an academic exchange platform that focuses on trending issues in the global economic and financial fields, committed to publishing advanced scholarly research that addresses issues concerning the development of the Chinese economy while meeting international academic standards for research excellence.
4 To function as a think-tank for financial strategic planning: SFI has established several research centers, including the Center for Macro-Financial Stability and Innovation, Center for Institutions and Capital Market, Center for FinTech and Social Finance, Center for Economic Data Research, Center for Bay Area Development and Chinese Economy, Center for Corporate Governance and Employee Ownership, Hong Kong-Shenzhen Finance Research Centre, and Center for Capital Markets and Asset Management Research. The research teams focus on current economic issues and lead projects that assist policymakers in the local government.
5 To collaborate with financial institutions: SFI has formed a long-term partnership with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange to host regular workshops, and joined the China FinTech Industry Association organized by China Securities Regulatory Commission and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology as a council member. SFI has cooperated with Shenzhen Municipal Financial Regulatory Bureau and other institutions, such as associations, organizations, universities and financial institutions, to launch Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macau FinTech Professional Programme. SFI and ACCA jointly organize Shen Xian Hu Accounting Forum regularly. Besides, SFI also invites notable scholars and industry experts to host SFI Distinguished Lecture Series to exchange thoughts on pioneering financial and economic topics that would facilitate social and industrial changes.