Survey Report 2019: Risk Management Education Courses in the Chinese University System

Joint study between Hubei University of Economics China and the Institute of Risk Management into the maturity of Risk Management Education in China


The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) is delighted to announce the release of a research report undertaken in partnership with Hubei University of Economics in Wuhan, China. The risk management center at the university, led by Distinguished Professor Ming-Che (Martin) Sung, has undertaken a study of risk management education across the universities of China. It looks at how the university sector is responding to the growing demand from Chinese organisations for people with high quality risk management skills. It is believed that this is the first study of its kind to be conducted on the subject.


Socrates Coudounaris, BEng (Hons) MSc FCII CFIRM Chair of the IRM explains:


“Excellence in risk management is essential to support economic expansion and this in turn requires effective education from academic and professional bodies. Enterprise risk management is now an established concept worldwide and requires a broader, integrated approach beyond safety management, insurable and financial risks. We are pleased to see this approach maturing within the Chinese University System, building on the valuable foundations of existing management risk courses across the country. We agree that the demand for skilled risk management professionals in China is likely to increase in line with economic development and commend the intentions to develop education and to build the profession in China to global standards.


The education system holds the key to how we embed and nurture enterprise risk management (ERM) within commerce and government systems. Given that mitigating risk, in all its forms, is fundamental to global competitiveness, economic growth, sustainability, investment, compliance and good governance, its importance to China – and to our place in the wider world – cannot be underestimated. The IRM is pleased to offer its support to this process.”


Professor Sung added:


“We have found that while the volume of lectures and spread of content is solid, it must be in a position to increase with demand over time. We need to ensure we exploit the learning opportunities from international best practice,encourage international co-operation and integrate risk management education at a national level. While basic insurance and safety management is well established, ERM is broadly limited to larger organizations.


We cannot yet say that risk management in China is a mature discipline. This must change and represents a major cultural shift that needs to be driven through education, internships and apprenticeships.


Risk management is a growing discipline in China. The Hubei University of Economics has been establishing a network of risk management academics across China and Taiwan for some time now and has organised some of the first academic conferences on the subject in the region. We are pleased to be co-operating with the Institute of Risk Management to help build our international links”.


Copies of both an English and Chinese version can be downloaded here