The history of the insurance discipline in Southwestern University of France and Economics can trace back to 1946. Since the school of business in Chongqing University merged into Sichuan Institute of Finance and Economics in 1952, our university enrolled junior college students of insurance until 1958. In 1983, SWUFE accepted the commission from People's Insurance Company of China to offer the major of insurance with the approval from Ministry of Education. Then it took the lead in setting up the insurance teaching and research section and offered the master of Finance (in the direction of insurance) in China. SWUFE enrolled junior college students and undergraduates of insurance in 1984 and 1985 respectively. School of insurance was founded in 1991. Our school enrolled the graduates of International Insurance Accounting in 1995 and the doctor of Finance (in the direction of insurance) in 1996. SWUFE was the first among all the domestic universities to establish the school of insurance in 1997. In 2000, the major of Labor and Social Security was set up and the master program of Social Security was launched. Our school enrolled graduates of Social Security and Insurance Actuarial Science in 2002 and 2003 respectively. In 2004, the doctor and master program of Insurance were launched independently. In 2005, our school offered Actuarial Science and Insurance Bilingual Classes at the same time. The doctor program of Social Security and Economic Guarantee were set up independently in 2006. The direction of Risk management was added in the major of Insurance to undergraduates. Insurance Bilingual Classes were divided into two directions including Insurance Finance and Accounting and Insurance Actuarial Science. Up till now, the school of insurance has cultivate more than 5000 graduates, ranging from junior college students to doctoral students and trained more than 20000 people, among whom are executive officers from China Insurance Regulatory Commission and insurance companies in China.
For years, the school of insurance has stick to the motto “Face the market, face the society and face the world”. Aiming at cultivating professionals through teaching theories and providing the opportunity for practice, the school has been promoting students’ comprehensive qualities. Our school has formed a “SWUFE Model” called by CIRC (China Insurance Regulatory Commission). This model rooted in a finance university has the advantage of interaction between disciplines of insurance and social security and is featured with running the school globally and providing students with various internships.
Our internship system can date back to 1991, receiving compliments from students as well as the insurance industry and society. To foster talents who can adapt to global challenges, we have developed “2+2” program for undergraduates of actuarial science with Heriot-Watt University; “3+1+1” program for undergraduates of insurance finance and accounting with the University of Glasgow, both of which are highly appraised. These programs further explain what “SWUFE Model” is.