The School of Economics (School of Accounting) grew out of Yunnan university's Department of Economics, which was founded in 1923 and was one of the earliest economics departments in China.
In the wave of adjusting academic disciplines in the 1950s, the economics department was incorporated into other departments and reinstituted in 1978. After 11 years of further development, the School of Economics was set up in 1989. It was the first school in the university after the introduction of a university-school-department management system.
In 2009, the School of Accounting was set up as an adjunct to the School of Economics.
Yunnan University aims to make the School of Economics (School of Accounting) a research and teaching school with great influence at home and a good reputation in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and also an important talent training base in economics and management in western China.
The School of Economics offers students a number of degree options. It has departments of economics, international business and economics, accounting, finance, fiscal levies, and risk management and insurance, as well as a center for rural research.
The school offers undergraduate students the following nine degree programs: economics, international economics, and trade, accounting, certified public accounting, finance, insurance, international business, public finance, and ACCA.
The school boasts two first-level disciplines at the master's level (theoretical economics and applied economics), five disciplines for professional master's authorization --- finance, accounting, auditing, international business and assets appraisal -- a first-level discipline at the doctoral level (theoretical economics) and a Post-Doctoral Research Center of Theoretical Economics.
The school has a national key discipline (international economics and trade), a municipal reform pilot of talent training (international economics and trade), a municipal key discipline (economics) and two key disciplines of cooperation in Yunnan (finance and industrial economics).
The school has established a cooperative relationship with the Yunnan Provincial Department of Finance and the Audit Office of Yunnan Province to set up a Training Base of Senior Accountants (Administrative) in the Yunnan Audit Research Center, which will provide intelligent support for local and national development.
The interaction between teaching and research has resulted in many high-quality scientific research results. In recent years, school faculty has published more than 30 academic works, translations and teaching materials in national first-class publishing houses, including the Commercial Press, People's Publishing House, and China Social Sciences Press. Hundreds of papers have been published in Economic Research Journal, Economic Perspectives, and other leading journals.
Faculty members have also presided over nearly 100 research projects supported by the National Social Science Fund of China, the Natural Science Foundation of China, the Ministry of Education, local government and international institutions.
The School of Economics at Yunnan University has made great achievements in scientific research and has cultivated a large number of talents. It has also made great contributions to China's economic development, especially in its local area.