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Economics (PME)
- General Information

    PME (Philosophy, Mathematics & Economics)

    I. Educational Objectives for Economics (PME) Major

    For modern professions and scientific research activities, compound education is fundamental. At the core of compound education are the three principle disciplines of human knowledge: humanities, social science and natural science. Bringing these three together, the PME (Philosophy, Mathematics & Economics) major is called into life as a golden combination for compound education. What the PME offers, namely philosophy (basis for humanities research), economics (an important branch of social science) and mathematics (foundation for natural science), are precisely the essence of liberal arts education.

    PME adopts a tutorial system, which gives students and teachers opportunities to develop deepened relationship based on better communication and cooperation.

    Through the PME program, students can at the same time build up broad perspectives and receive top professional trainings; develop comprehensive theoretical thinking capabilities and abilities to understand, analyze and give quick evaluations to important information; step into the realm of thinking and inquiry, acquire concrete data-analytical skills and cultivate awareness of social responsibility. In general, PME aims to create leaders for the future by inspiring the gifts endowed with each student.

    II. Degree Programs (Bachelor’s Degree) Economics Major (PME) , 4 years

    The program allows substantial flexibility that students can enjoy to discover and explore their gifts and to tailor their own study programs.

    • Courses in Economics: 90 credits
    • Courses in either or both of Philosophy and Mathematics: 30 credits

    The fourth school year will offer special courses that facilitate topic and research oriented teaching, led by cross-disciplinary (PM, PE or ME) problems. These courses aim to bring together different disciplines, as well as the integration of economic theories and historical realities of the Chinese society, so as to encourage students to further develop their learning in an even broader knowledge space supplemented by practical understandings.

    III. Total Credits: 140 credits

    International students must take Survey of China and Chinese language courses

    IV. Course Instruction

    All instructions are conducted in English.

    All the teachers have international experiences.

    Chinese language courses are provided to guarantee a successful Chinese education with the following objectives:

    International students possess ability of fluent oral expression and full comprehension of information exchanged in Chinese;

    V. Courses

    1. Design Principles

    1) PME represents the three most fundamental as well as most important aspects of human thoughts and social life. Philosophy is the representation of conceptual thinking and the root of critical thinking; mathematics is the representation of symbolic thinking and the basis for forming data-analytical thinking; economics is the representation of the most human activity since the inception of political society. The PME curriculum design unites general critical thinking, data-analytical thinking and social active thinking into one integral whole, in order to give students comprehensive ability to grasp the transcendental, the analytical and the experiential.

    2) In principle, the courses are designed to reflect organic links among philosophy, mathematics and economics. These three disciplines share commonalities in terms of mental exercises and training: Logic forms part of the essential basic knowledge of philosophy and is also the foundation for mathematics at the same time, whereas mathematical knowledge is indispensable and critical for applied knowledge of economics. In our curriculum design, philosophical courses give stress to the training of logic and are connected with mathematical exercises and training, with the aim to provide clear and effective mental training for the study of economics. As far as the connection between mathematics and economics are concerned, the courses emphasize in particular the effectiveness and practicality of mathematical knowledge in its role as instrument and methodology for economic studies.

    3) In choosing their major in one of the three areas, students must also take into consideration of the general PME framework. No matter which subject is chosen, courses worth 30 credits in the other two areas are equally required. Students who have chosen economics as their major must accomplish at least 30 credits in either/both of Mathematics and Philosophy.

    2. Principle Courses


    20 credits (Chinese language 17 + Survey ofChina3)


    120 credits




    Year â

    History of  Chinese


    History of western Philosiphy

    Calculus I

    Calculus II


    Year Ⅱ

    History of Religious


    Introduction to Logic


    Political Philosophy

    Calculus III

    Linear Algebra


    Intermediate Microecnomics


    The Theory and Method of

    Economic and Social


    Principles of Public Policy

    Institutional Economics

    Year Ⅳ



    Taoist Philosophy

    Christian Philosophy

    Probability and Statistics

    Scientific Computation

    Intermediate Macroecnomics

    Intermediate Econometrics

    Regional  Economics

    Development Economics

    Environmental Economics

    Public Finance


    Game Theory

    Year Ⅴ

    Special PE/ME Courses

    The World Economy and Trade

    Chinese Economic Transition and Development)

    Economic Law

    Industrial Organization Theory

    Economic Foundations of Local Development


    Tuition Fee
    Bachelor RMB 131,200 pre year
    RMB 524,800 in total (About $ 96,215)
    Accommodation Fee
    31 Student Dormitory
    Double Room RMB 40
    Chu Kochen Hall of International Education
    Double Room RMB 60 to RMB 70
    Single Room RMB 50 to RMB 70
    International Student Hall
    Double Room RMB 40 to RMB 60
    Single Room RMB 40 to RMB 60
    Cuibai Lyceum Dormitory
    Double Room RMB 40 to RMB 70
    International Student Apartment
    Double Room RMB 20 to RMB 30
    Youyi (Friendship) Apartment
    Double Room RMB 35 to RMB 55
    Other Fees
    Application Fee RMB 390 to RMB 800
    Service Fee USD 50
    Living Expense RMB 2,180 to RMB 2,780
- How Much Scholarship Cover
Admission Only
- You Need Pay After Got Scholarship (RMB)
  • Tuition:  131,200 / Year
  • Accommodation: 750 to 1200 RMB per month
  • Living Expense: 600 to 3000 RMB per month
- Requirement

Applicants must be

  • non-Chinese citizens between the ages of 18-30;
  • with senior high school diploma;
  • in good health and they must abide by Chinese laws as well as ZJU’s rules and regulations;
  • also respect Chinese culture and customs.
  • non-native English speakers must provide proofs of proficiency in English (TOEFL or IELTS ).
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