About the Programme

Duration: 4-year Full time in English
2 years in CUHK + 2 years in Tsinghua University
   
1st Cohort: 2021-22
   
Degrees Conferred: Bachelor of Social Science in Economics

Offered by
Department of Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  +   Bachelor of Economics

Offered by
School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University


Rankings

CUHK:   8th in Asia*   48th in the World*
       
Tsinghua University:   3rd in Asia*   25th in the World*
*QS Economics and Econometrics Rankings 2021


Aims

E nables students to pursue two degrees and experience two distinct academic atmospheres in the best universities in Asia.

C ombines the strengths of two of the best economics departments in Asia to provide a comprehensive and all-round training in economics.

O ffers in-depth knowledge of many important international economic issues and the Chinese economy.

N urtures students with an international perspective as well as the necessary analytical tools and knowledge to launch careers related to the Chinese economy and financial markets.


Programme Highlights

✔ Two of the most prestigious bachelor’s degrees in Asia

✔ Best economic training in Asia

✔ Rigorous, challenging and rewarding experience

✔ China vision and global perspective

✔ Two markets and two alumni networks

This innovative and challenging dual degree programme is designed to equip students for new global economic challenges in the next decade. Students will study for two economics bachelor programmes in CUHK and Tsinghua University and each student is expected to complete some internship training during the time at Tsinghua University. The CUHK programme offers a comprehensive and all-round training in economics covering numerous important international economic issues. The Tsinghua programme offers added variety in several fields of economics and an in-depth knowledge of the Chinese economy and its financial market. These two programmes in this DDP complement each other and equip their students with an international perspective as well as the necessary analytical tools and knowledge to launch their careers related to the Chinese economy. All courses will be taught in English and it is expected that the study body of this programme to be very diverse and international. Together with the unique study pattern of this programme, students will develop a rich and global personal network that would be rewarding for their personal career aspirations.

Graduates of this programme are expected be among the most competitive in the world who will be equipped to take on any new challenges with confidence in arenas of economics, finance, policy and business. The demanding and quantitative nature of this programme will also suit those who plan to continue studying for advanced degrees in economics at the very top research universities in the world. The flexible exchange pattern of this programme will also enable students of this programme to access the rich array of job opportunities offered in both mainland China and Hong Kong.


FAQ for this Programme


A. Programme Background

  • 1. What contribution to the field does this Programme make?

    In this innovative Dual Degree Programme, students will study economics at both CUHK and Tsinghua University. The CUHK Programme offers a comprehensive, all-round training in economics covering many important international economic issues. The Tsinghua Programme offers added variety in several advanced fields of economics. These two Programmes in this DDP will complement each other well and equip students with an international perspective as well as the necessary analytical tools and knowledge to careers requiring sophisticated economic analyses.

  • 2. How does the Programme address the quest for new knowledge / skills and meet the society’s manpower needs?

    The rich variety of required and elective courses will equip students with the necessary numerical/quantitative tools needed for advanced economic research and analysis. The Programme requires students to spend half of the study period in Beijing, enabling them to develop a richer understanding of the various economic issues of the Chinese economy and financial market. This knowledge has become desirable in many of the important high-skill jobs around the world today.

  • 3. Any special feature not found in comparable Programmes in other universities?

    Besides simultaneously studying for two degrees in two of the best universities in Asia, the flexible exchange pattern of this Programme will enable students to enter both the mainland China and Hong Kong job markets, where some of the world’s most exciting jobs are located. The Programme combines the strengths of the economics departments of both CUHK and Tsinghua University, which allows students to choose from a very complete and comprehensive set of economics courses depending on the student’s career aspirations.

  • 4. What internship/practicum/exchange/mentorship/entrepreneurship opportunities are available?

    Each student is expected to complete some internship training during his/her time at Tsinghua University.

  • 5. What is the medium of instruction used for this programme?

    All courses in this programme will be taught in English.


B. Prospective students

  • 1. What qualities do we look for in the applicants?

    The Programme is looking for students who are
    1) ambitious about their career development,
    2) willing to take challenges,
    3) prepared for logical reasoning supported by quantitative economic analysis.

  • 2. What extra effort is made to ensure new students adapt and thrive?

    The programme has a management committee staffed by experienced teachers and staff from both CUHK and Tsinghua University, who will oversee the programme and facilitate new students to adapt and thrive.

  • 3. Any other thing a prospective student should know?

    This Programme requires students to spend half of the study period in Tsinghua University. Each student is expected to complete some internship training during his/her time at Tsinghua University.

    We expect students in this Programme to be very self-motivated and open to opportunities and challenges in both mainland and Hong Kong.


C. Career Prospect

  • 1. What qualities should our ideal graduates have?

    Ambitiousness, Diligence, Quantitative thinking, Willingness to take Challenges, Adaptiveness to new environments, Logical reasoning driven by evidence, Eagerness to build a global personal network.

  • 2. What do the graduates do (what fields they go into or what jobs they land)?

    We expect the graduates of this Programme to do well in all career destinations, in particular finance, economic consulting, commerce and government policy. The content of this Programme is especially useful for those who wish to pursue further studies in economics in the world’s best universities besides CUHK and Tsinghua University.