About ACEM


Department of Accounting

The accounting discipline of Shanghai Jiao Tong University has a long history, and its origin can be traced back to the Department of Railway Management of Shanghai Polytechnical Specialized College of the Ministry of Transport (one of the predecessors of Jiao Tong University) in 1918. At that time, courses such as Accounting & Cashier, Advanced Accounting, Railway Accounting, and Auditing were offered. Mr. An Shaoyun, the first Director of the Department of Accounting of the Ministry of Finance of P. R. China, served as an accounting professor at the institution in the early days. Together with Xu Guangde, Yu Xiji, Jiang Shiqi and other famous accounting experts, he laid the foundation of accounting education in Jiao Tong University and trained many outstanding graduates, including Mr. Gong Qinghao, a famous accounting expert, and Ms. Lisa Lu, a Hollywood movie star.

After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the accounting discipline of Jiao Tong University was suspended along with the School of Management due to the nationwide adjustment of departments. In 1994, Shanghai Jiao Tong University resumed the Department of Accounting with the help of Professor Yang Xishan, then dean of School of Management. After that, under the leadership of Professor Shi Chengyue, the Department of Accounting recruited outstanding talents at home and abroad, made breakthroughs in scientific research, teaching and training of talents, and gradually developed into a leading accounting discipline in China with some international reputation. In recent years, the ranking of the department in QS World University Rankings by subject (Accounting & Finance) has been continuously improved, ranking 39th in the world and 3rd among universities in mainland China in 2020.

In line with the needs of national development strategy, the Department of Accounting relies on Shanghai's unique position as a center of international finance, economy, trade, shipping and technology innovation, as well as the two “first-class platforms” of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Antai College of Economics and Management, and constantly strengthens its discipline building, striving to cultivate strategic and high-level accounting talents with both ability and integrity, an international vision and a deep understanding of China's national conditions with the support of the first-class scientific research and industry research of the department.

In 2020, there are 17 in-service teachers, including 4 professors, 8 associate professors, and 5 lecturers/assistant professors. The structure of teachers features a combination of older, middle-aged and young ones with Chinese and Western educational backgrounds. Most teachers have obtained their doctoral degrees from famous universities at home and abroad.

At present, the head of the Department is Professor Xia Lijun.


Research Fields & Achievements

The main research fields of the Department of Accounting include accounting information & capital market, corporate finance & corporate governance, independent audit of the capital market, financial analysis & corporate valuation, management accounting & decision-making and control, application of digital technology in accounting audit, etc. The research topics take into account local needs and international perspectives. The research results of our teachers are published in top international accounting or financial journals such as Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies, as well as important journals at home and abroad, such as Economic Research, Management World, Economics (Quarterly), China Accounting Review, Accounting Research, Audit Research, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance. Some research results have a strong influence.

Over the years, teachers of the Department of Accounting have undertaken over 20 national scientific research projects, including the Youth Projects and the General Projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), general and key projects of the National Social Science Fund of China (SSFC), etc. We have won important awards such as the 2nd prize and the 3rd prize of the Outstanding Achievement Award of Scientific Research in Higher Education Institutions (Humanities & Social Sciences) of the Ministry of Education. Two teachers were selected into the "Accounting Masters Training Program" of the Ministry of Finance, and many teachers were selected into important talent programs such as Outstanding Talents of the New Century by the Ministry of Education.


Industry Research Fields of Interest & with Participation

Research on accounting and auditing industry (research on institutional innovation and technological change in the development of accounting and auditing industry in China, especially the institutional innovation of accounting information production and supervision in the capital market, and accounting technological change in the digital age).


Main Courses Taught

The Department of Accounting has complete talent training programs, including Bachelor of Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting (full-time), Master of Auditing (full-time) and Ph.D. in Accounting. While undertaking the teaching of the main courses of the department, the Department of Accounting also undertakes the teaching of MBA, EMBA programs and related minor majors.

Undergraduate major courses include Accounting, Financial Management, Intermediate Financial Accounting, Advanced Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Report Analysis & Valuation, Financial Accounting Information System, Strategic Financial Management, Advanced Corporate Finance, Auditing, Taxation, etc.

Master of Professional Accounting and Master of Auditing major courses include Advanced Financial Accounting Theory & Practice, Advanced Auditing Theory & Practice, Advanced Management Accounting Theory & Practice, Advanced Corporate Finance Theory & Practice, Advanced Government Auditing Theory & Practice, Financial Statement Analysis, Investment Science, Enterprise Internal Control System Design, China Taxation System, Accounting Information System, Securities Investment Analysis, International Taxation, Accounting & Capital Market Research, Antai Management Forum - Accounting & Auditing Masters Forum, etc.

Doctoral courses include Accounting & Capital Market Research I, Accounting & Capital Market Research II, Economic System & Accounting Information, Empirical Finance, etc. Among them, Accounting & Capital Market Research is taught by many famous overseas accounting scholars.


Enrolment Majors

1 undergraduate major: Accounting & Finance

2 master's majors: Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Auditing

1 doctoral major: Business Administration (Accounting & Finance)


Employment Destinations of Graduates

Key enterprises and government institutions, large accounting firms, consulting companies, securities companies, fund management companies, commercial banks, policy and regulatory agencies, institutions of higher learning, etc.