In 1983 , soon after Shenzhen University was founded , the Special Economy Institution of Shenzhen University was set up and authorized under the recognition of Shenzhen municipality. The first director of the Institution was Professor Fang sheng, a famous economist and the deputy President of the University. Zheng Tianlun, who was also deputy president of the University, was in charge from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. In 1992, the book "Big Thesaurus on China's Special Zone(Shenzhen)" was published.
In the end of 1993, Su Dongbin, a famous Economist, was assigned to the leadership of the Institution under the direction of the University President and Professor Cai Deling. The Institution was enlarged and was renamed as "Special Economic Zone, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau Economies Studies ". After that, it has undertaken a great number of scientific research and academic exchanges. It has become one of the most important academic organizations with regard to the study of special economic zone in China, and has some influence abroad.
To answer for the demand that "China's special economic zone should be in existence throughout the entire process of China's reform, open and modernization", the University has decided to organize scholars of humanities and social sciences to make the study of the special economic zone synthetically and to get it upgraded as well. In Jan. 2000, China's Special Economic Zone Development Research Center of Shenzhen University was set up and Xing Miao, the deputy President of the University, was appointed to take charge. Professor Cao Longqi, once the director of Economic College of Shenzhen University, a famous financial expert and supervisor of doctor degree candidates, is now the director of the Center. The Center has also appointed Professors Su Dongbin, Huang Weiping, Dong Likun , Yu Longyu and Mo Shixiang as deputy directors .