Regional Economics has evolved from Urban Economics that originated in 1997, and begun to enroll postgraduates since 2007. Currently, the program is taken in charge of by 10 master’s supervisors, among whom 5 are professors and 9 have received Ph. D. In the past 5 years, the faculty members have undertaken 1 major and 5 general projects from National Foundation of Social Science, 1 major and 19 general projects from Anhui Provincial Social Science Planning, a number of social science and natural science projects from Anhui Provincial Education Department and 13 local entrusted projects. They have also published 6 monographs and more than 100 essays in in national authoritative and core journals such as China Industrial Economics, Chinese Rural Economy, Academic Monthly and Finance & Trade Economics, and been awarded Anhui Provincial Social Science Second Prize once and Third Prize twice.
Regional Economics affiliates to meso economics and is an emerging inter-discipline that integrates economics with geography. Based on regional economics and urban economic theories, the program focuses on the combination between theory and practice and the integration between scientific research and teaching, and highlights theoretical application and talent cultivation, so as to serve local economic and social development. Upon the completion of the courses, graduates are capable of undertaking intermediate-high level management, consultancy and scientific research on regional economy for governments and local economic organizations.
The program sets 3 research fields: (1) regional economic theory and practice, (2) urban economic theory and practice, and (3) research on Anhui provincial economy. It primarily focuses on regulative problems in the development of regional economy, including regional feature analysis, target system, decision-making and means, industrial structure evolution, population growth and migration, urban development and layout, regional territorial planning, regional integration and interest coordination, and regional proportional relation.
The employment rate of graduates from this program is 100%. They often engage themselves in regional economic planning and management, technical support and consultancy, capital operation, urban planning and management, real estate investment and marketing, economic management and decision making, or teaching and scientific research in governmental agencies, planning departments of large-scale enterprises, consulting companies, real-estate enterprises, financial agencies and institutes of scientific research.