The Master of Arts (International Relations in Economy and Trade) program, jointly administered by Nankai University, China, and Flinders University, Australia, is a Sino-foreign cooperative educational program in China that has received high reputation for its academic excellence. The program was approved in 1999 by the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) and enrolled its first intake in the following year.
The program is fully accredited by the MOE:
Program and the strengths
1. Independently-designed entrance examination and strong team of faculty
The entrance exams are built by faculty members from both Nankai University and Flinders University, and are separate from China’s national graduate examinations. Latest debates and solid knowledge in this field are brought to class by experienced and senior faculty members from both institutions.
2. Full accreditation status and CSCSE authentication
The program is fully accredited by the MOE, and the MAIRET degree certificates are eligible for authentication by the Ministry’s Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE).
3. World-class program administration tailored to the needs of Chinese students
The MAIRET program benefits from Flinders’ advanced administrative concepts, which are aligned with the world trend and meet the requirements of economic development in China. The program is open to candidates with background from a wide range of industries, businesses and professions.
4. Reputation
The MAIRET is a Sino-foreign cooperative educational program of sound standing that enjoys high reputation among comparable programs in China. Its graduates have been spoken highly by their employers.
5. A platform for exchanges and sharing
Students will have regular access to seminars and lectures. Two international seminars have been held in Tianjin in 2009 and 2010 successively, with topics of the impact of the financial crisis on the Chinese economy and the Sino-Australian economic & trade ties, the economic cooperation between China and Australia, and the global economic landscape and the Chinese economy’s development trend in the post-financial-crisis era. Scholars, professionals, and business executives from both home and abroad have shared their rich experiences with the program’s students. The seminars have been met with enthusiasm and served as a platform to support the MAIRET alumni.
Curriculum plan of courses (a total of 14 courses composed of 8 Flinders topics and 6 Nankai topics)


Topic (taught in English)


Topic (taught in Chinese)

Flinders University

The East Asian Economy

Nankai University

Western Economics

Issues and Ideas in

International Relations

International Economics

Problems of the International

Financial and Trade System

Science of Management

Regionalism in East Asia:

ASEAN, APEC and Beyond


The International

Business Environment

Business English

International Marketing

and Investment

Human Resources Management

Management Theory

and Practice

International Commercial

Law: Origins and Problems

Duration of course & mode of learning

1. Duration of course: two years

2. Location: Nankai University (Balitai campus)
3. Mode of learning: part-time
4. Lecture schedule: concentrated timetabling. Class meets once every month, and each class session runs for three days. It typically takes place from Friday to Sunday.
5. Course format:
1) Flinders topics are delivered by Flinders faculty, supported by class tutors. The topics are assessed in the form of papers and the degree thesis composed in English.
2) Nankai topics are taught by Nankai faculty. They are assessed in the form of exams or papers.
Degree and CSCSE authentication
Students who have successfully completed all of the degree requirements will be granted Flinders degree of Master of Arts (International Relations in Economy and Trade). The degree is accepted for authentication by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchanges (CSCSE).
1. Eligibility: The MAIRET program is open to working professionals who have successfully completed undergraduate course of studies with certain level of English proficiency.
2. Candidates must have experiences in management roles.
Contact us
Cooperative Educational Programs Office, College of Economic and Social Development (CESD), Nankai University
Address: Room B315, CESD Building, No. 94, Weijin road, Nankai District, Tianjin
Zip code: 300071
Tel.: 0086 022 23504086/23498051
Program officers: Ms. Xin Wang, Ms. Yu Fang

Nankai University

No.38 Tongyan Road, Jinnan District, Tianjin , P.R. China 300350

No.94 Weijin Road,  Nankai District, Tianjin, P.R.China  300071