Dean’s Greeting

Shijun CHENG

Executive Dean, SAIF
Professor of Accounting, SAIF


In this new era of economic globalization, I believe that China will not only be the driving force of the world economy, but also the polestar for the development of the global and domestic financial industries in the next 20 years.

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) was established to serve the national strategy of building Shanghai into an international financial center. Focusing on Chinese markets and their global connections, SAIF is committed to developing top talent and cutting-edge knowledge, with the mission to become a world-class institution of research and advanced learning in finance and management. Also, SAIF has attracted and retained a strong faculty team of the highest caliber, and has already created both a rich learning environment and a powerful network for our students.

As China is in urgent need of advanced financial thinking and high-end financial talents, I hope that our students and prospective students all choose to ambitiously seize this precious opportunity. Facing the future, we must uphold the spirit of forging ahead and innovating, constantly surpass ourselves, and make an important contribution to the development of both global and domestic financial industries. SAIF will be here for you and will grow along with you.



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

from the Director

Area of graduate study largely determines your future career. Its choice is thus one of the most important decisions of your life. The goal SAIF MF program is simple. It is to help launch your career in the exciting area of finance. In the program, you will spend two years learning the cutting-edge theories from leading scholars in finance as well as innovative practice from successful practitioners in the industry. You will meet like-minded fellow students and learn from each other. Your will find yourself immersed in the atmosphere of innovative future business leaders in finance.

It has been twelve years since we welcomed our first class of SAIF MF students. Over the years, SAIF has achieved multiple milestones. The most important is that our graduates are now playing important roles in their respective areas of work and are being recognized as some of the finest young professionals in the country. We are proud of each and every one of our graduates. We are proud of our achievements. We are, however, constantly seeking improvements to better equip our students for the challenges that lie ahead and to provide the finance industry with leaders of exceptional skill, passion, and integrity.

Joining in the SAIF family, everyone is committed to the same goal: the goal of academic excellence, professionalism, the spirit of innovation and moral leadership. In the two years of your study, we will provide a cutting-edge curriculum—designed and delivered by a world-renowned faculty. We will surround you with staff and support services that are second to none. We will empower you with state-of-the-art facilities and resources. I believe you will enjoy your study at SAIF. You will enjoy the interaction with our faculty and staff, the fellowship with your fellow students, and most importantly the growth that will prepare you for challenges and opportunities ahead.

We look forward to sharing the road ahead with you.

David X. LI

Professor of Finance, SAIF
Academic Co-Director, Master of Finance Program
Associate Director of CAFR

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.