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School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology

HIT was one of the first universities in China to establish economics and management programmes. In the 1940s, it set up programmes in the disciplines of railway management, engineering economics and Asian economics. In the 1950s, with help from the USSR, it began to serve as a model in the teaching of engineering economics for Chinese engineering universities. Two major programmes were established in 1954: Manufacturing Enterprise Economy, Organisation and Planning (MEEOP) and Power Enterprise Economy, Organisation and Planning (PEEOP). The following year saw the establishment of the Department of Engineering Economics (DEE), amongst the first engineering universities in China. The DEE was responsible not only for educating undergraduate and graduate students, but also for training large numbers of teachers and managers in the areas of engineering economics and industrial business administration, thereby helping HIT to become the cradle of engineering economics education and contributing greatly to the popularisation and development of management education in China. In 1978, the DEE changed its name to the Department of Management Science and Engineering (DMSE) and established an Industrial Management Engineering programme that admitted both undergraduates and graduate students.

With the approval of the Ministry of Education, HIT established the School of Management (SoM) in August 1984, one of the first four management schools in China. Two years later, the SoM acquired the authority to bestow PhD degrees in Management Engineering (Management Science and Engineering since 1998), followed, in 2005, by the authority to bestow PhD degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration. Management Science and Engineering has been a national key discipline since 2001. In 1991, 2001 and 2002, the SoM became one of the first Chinese universities to offer MBA, MPA and executive MBA (EMBA) programmes, respectively. Currently, the SoM has 3,314 students enrolled, 72% of them graduate students.

In its 60 years of development, while consolidating its competitive advantages, the SoM has blazed ahead in management research and practice by taking on the complex and ever-changing business environment of China and the world at large, always discovering and exploring new research topics and directions. The SoM has made significant contributions to the innovation of China’s management theories and practices, leading the nation in many research areas and also having made its mark in the international management academic community. The aims of the School’s MBA and EMBA programmes are to serve Chinese business, society and the region by cultivating management talent.

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