Center for Virtual Simulation Experimental Education of Economics
National Experimental Education Demonstration Center and National Virtual Simulation Experimental Education Center
Center for Virtual Simulation Experimental Education of Economics provides the school with experimental education and scientific research platform. The center was founded as the National Experimental Education Demonstration Center in 2008, and recorded as the National Virtual Simulation Experimental Education Center in 2014. The center has education labs and research labs.
Education labs include Game and Behavioral Analysis Lab, Finance and Insurance Simulation Lab, International Trade Practices Simulation Lab, Regional Economics Simulation Lab, Governmental Fiscal and Taxation Simulation Lab, Logistics Planning Simulation Lab, and Quantitative Analysis Lab. Each lab has tailored-made teaching facilities. There are over 240 computers equipped with software for econometric, statistical analysis and simulation, such as Eviews, SAS, Stata, Spss, Matlab, R, and Aren. We installed the SN Trade Training Simulation System, Yonyou Tax Inspection, Zhiyi Tax, Newgrand Public Financial Management, and other simulation software, and also purchased the Wind database. In addition, we developed experimental teaching software independently and compiled series of textbook. The laboratories could provide excellent the teaching facilities for theoretical and applied economics at Nankai University. We have effectively integrated resources to construct a multi-functional experimental teaching system, properly structured faculties with strong theoretical and experimental teaching capabilities, in order to continuously promote the education reform. Currently, we adopt 22 experimental curriculums for 5 undergraduate programs, 16 postgraduate programs, making notable achievements to equip students with creative spirit, and excellent practical capability.
With our resources about economic research and advanced IT facilities, we aim to provide data and computation facilities in economics and management to facilitate its development and innovation. The current research labs have hardware platform, software platform, and database.
The hardware platform includes: (1) six DELL calculation workstations with 64G capacity and 4-core/8-core CPU, meeting the demand for continuous mass data computation; (2) a cloud platform for socio-economic quantitative analysis and study, with a high-performance computing cluster consisting of 4 sets of 16-core IBM computer, and a desktop virtualization platform consisting of 4 sets of IBM server with 20 concurrent users. The platforms provide parallel calculation, intelligent desktop virtualization, and data sharing services.
Computational softwares, such as STATA, MATLAB, MATHEMATICA, SPSS, are installed on workstations and data platforms. Basic demand for economics data management, statistical analysis, and econometric modeling has been met.
We have access to China Industry Business Performance Database, China Customs Import and Export Database, population and economic census database, and other microeconomic database. We subscribed to the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) Service Platform and EPS Data Analysis Platform. Meanwhile, we encourage faculties to develop specialized database.
Faculties and students can utilize the laboratory resources using the following methods. (1) Remote service portal: Internet technology was adopted to enable faculties and students to make the most use of the database, software, and high performance computing server regardless of time and location. In addition, we open up resources for specific projects; encourage teachers to apply for major and general program of National Social Sciences Fund, and major program of Ministry of Education of the PRC; support students to apply for “National University Student Innovation Program” and “100 projects” of Creative Research for the Undergraduates of Nankai University; and support students to participate in the “Challenge Cup”, and so on.