Dean’s Greeting


Professor of Finance, Executive Dean, SAIF

Ph.D. in Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University


SAIF is committed to becoming a world-class institution in developing top talent and cutting-edge knowledge. Since its foundation and throughout the development of SAIF, it has been our goal to be the premier institute for financial education and research. For the past nine years, SAIF has attracted and retained a strong team of the highest-caliber professors from all over the world, and has already created both a rich learning environment and a powerful network. These attributes await your exploration.

I believe that China will not only be the driving engine of the world economy, but also the polestar for the development of the global financial industry for the next 20 years. This is a precious historical opportunity, and I hope that our students and prospective students all choose to ambitiously seize this opportunity. SAIF will be here for you and will grow along with you.


Professor of Finance,
Faculty Director, Master of Finance Program, SAIF

Ph.D. in Finance, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa

from the Director

It has been eleven years since the first batch of SAIF MF students enrolled. These early graduates are now playing important roles in a variety of financial fields. Each year, more and more MF students graduate and move on to key roles throughout the finance field, being recognized in the market as some of the finest young professionals in the country. We are proud each and every one of our graduates.

In the most recent Financial Times’ annual ranking of the best MF programs in the world, SAIF MF is ranked 1st in Asia and 10th in the world, jumping 18 slots from 2016 when it participated in the ranking for the first time. In terms of Salary Increase and Value for Money, SAIF MF program ranked 1st in Asia in both categories. We are proud of our achievements and still constantly seeking improvements to better equip our students for the challenges that lie ahead. That is our promise. In doing so, we are seeking to provide the finance industry with leaders of exceptional skill, passion, and integrity.

In joining the SAIF family, we understand that you share the same spirit: the spirit of both professional and moral leadership, going forward as you commit to engage in your own education. For you, we provide a cutting-edge curriculum—designed and delivered by a world-renowned faculty. We surround you with staff and support services that are second to none. We empower with state-of-the-art facilities and resources.

Thank you for believing in SAIF as much as SAIF believes in you. We look forward to sharing the road ahead.

David X. LI

Professor of Finance,
Faculty Co-Director of MF Program, SAIF
Associate Director of China Academy of Financial Research, SJTU

Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Waterloo

from the Co-Director

The financial industry is a fast-changing world, which has become increasingly so with the use of big data, machine learning, and new technologies such as blockchain and cloud computing. The challenge for the industry is to recruit talent with combined skills in the areas of finance, technology, and analytics.

Building on the success of our leading MF program, SAIF launches a new track—MF-FinTech Program. In addition to core courses in finance, MF-FinTech emphasizes rigorous training in statistics & machine learning, computer skills & applications. After successfully completing this intensive academic journey, you will have gained:

• Comprehensive training in modern finance concepts with solid understanding and intuition
• Foundational knowledge of statistics, principles of machine learning, and its applications in finance
• Ready-to-deploy expertise in computer programming, database management, blockchain technology, and cloud computing.

I am confident that after two years of study you will be well prepared for the challenges in the industry or for the further pursuit of academic studies.