Beijing Jiaotong University

General Information
Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) is a national key university of China, under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education and jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Railways. BJTU is one of the first universities in China authorized to confer master’s and doctoral degrees autonomously. BJTU is one of the first National 211 Project universities, one of Innovation Bases of the National 985 Project, and one of the 56 universities authorized to establish a Graduate School in China. In 1997 and 2006, BJTU was ranked one of the best in National Undergraduate Education Evaluation. In 2005, BJTU was selected by the Ministry of Education as one of the Pilot Platforms for College English Education Reform.
As one of the 5 Jiaotong Universities in China, the founding history of BJTU can be traced back to 1896. The predecessor of BJTU is Beijing Railway Management Training Institute, established in late Qing Dynasty. In 1921, the school merged with two industrial technical schools in Shanghai and Tangshanto form the National Jiaotong University, with three branch universities in Beijing, Shanghai and Tangshan respectively. BJTU was then called as the Beijing Campus of National Jiaotong University. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, BJTU was re-named as Northern Jiaotong University (NJTU) by the State Council. Chairman Mao Zedong appointed Academician Mao Yisheng, a nationally renowned expert in bridge engineering, as the first president of NJTU. In 1951, Chairman Mao Zedong autographed the name of the University. 1981, BJTU became one of the first key universities authorized by the central government to confer master's and doctoral degrees, and subsequently to confer titles of associate professors, professors and Ph.D. advisors. In July 1994, BJTU was selected as one of the first universities in the National 211 Project. In April 2000, Beijing Electrical Power College was merged into NJTU. Then the University was transferred from the Ministry of Railways to the Ministry of Education. In September 2003, the University restored the name Beijing Jiaotong University. In history, the University has fostered some famous talents of engineering, science, economics, business and literature, such as Liu Han (founder of the first radio station in China), Ying Shangcai (designer of the first high-power steam engine in China), Zheng Zhengduo (writer, critic and historian), Jin Shixuan (writer of the first railway management monograph in China), Xu Jing (founder of the discipline of railway and transport economics in China), and Yang Rumei (one of the first accountants in the four major firms of contemporary China). Some renowned scholars and specialists taught at BJTU, such as Xiang Zhejun (Chief Prosecutor of the Tokyo Trial) and Ma Yingchu (economist and demographer).
The University is located in Beijing’s Haidian District, which is known as China’s “Home of Higher Education”. To the north of the University is Zhongguancun, which is known as China’s “Silicon Valley”. The University covers an area of 73 acres and is composed of east and west campuses. The campuses have complete facilities and beautiful environment. Today, besides the Graduate School and the School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education, the University has 12 academic faculties, which are the School of Electronic and Information Engineering, the School of Computer and Information Technology, the School of Economics and Management, the School of Traffic and Transportation, the School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, the School of Mechanical, Electronic and Control Engineering, the School of Electrical Engineering and Electrical Power Studies, the School of Science, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Foreign Languages and Mass Communication, the School of Software Engineering, and the Department of Architecture and Art Design. There are also 2 vocational technology institutes and training centers (Yanjiao and Qinghe). The industry-sponsored independent college – BJTU Haibin College – in Huanghua, Hebei has been approved by the Ministry of Education and started enrollment since Fall 2008.
Over the past hundred years, after arduous efforts of generations, BJTU has developed into a key base for training talents tackling vital problems concerning technologies and policies in reforming and modernizing railway as well as national economic and social progress. Now, based on the strengths in information engineering and economic management and specialty in traffic and transportation, the University is aiming at building a multidisciplinary and open national research university, that features Engineering, Management, Economics, Science and Humanities and is first rate in China and well known in the world.
BJTU has 8 national key disciplines, which are Traffic and Transportation Planning and Management, Traffic Information Engineering and Control, Communication and Information Processing, Information and Signal Processing, Industrial Economics, Road and Railway Engineering, Transportation Tools Application Engineering, and Bridge and Tunnel Engineering. The University has 120 master’s programs, 60 doctoral programs under 11 first-level doctoral discipline categories, 13 post-doc research stations, and 4 professional degree programs including MBA, Meng, MPAcc and JM.
The University attaches great importance to talents and human resources. Now the University has 2,842 full-time employees, among which 1,668 are faculty members. There are 286 full professors and 588 associate professors, among which 54.3% have doctoral degrees, 87.5% have masters and above degrees. There are 3 academicians from CAS and 7 from CAE, 4 National Renowned Teachers, 4 members of State Council Academic Evaluation Committee, 3 National 973 Chief Scientists, 6 Changjiang Scholar and Chair Professors, 7 National Hundred-Thousand Talent Project members, and 181 experts receiving government special stipends, etc.
The University has first-rate educational facilities and quality. Through the past decade or so, the University has fostered more than 100,000 talents for the nation. Now there are 13,971 undergraduate students, 5,433 master’s and 2,094 doctoral students, and 8,767 continuing education students. In 2009, the number of international students has surpassed 500. The employment rate of our graduates maintains over 95%.
The University has strong resources in scientific research. Fixed assets of research facilities have reached 523 million yuan. The Library has a collection of 1.39 million volumes of print books, 0.33 million volumes of digital books, 1.95 million volumes from network resources, and several databases. There are 1 national key lab, 2 national engineering labs, 1 national engineering research center, 3 national certification labs, 3 MoE key labs, 4 MoE engineering research centers, 4 municipal key labs, China Integrated Transportation Research Center and China Center for Industrial Economic Security Research. In recent year, the University has been responsible for over 4,000 research projects at national, ministry and municipal levels. The GSM-R for railway mobile communication and the CBTC for railway operation control are among the most influential achievements. In 2008, contract research funding reached 580 million yuan. In 2007, BJTU is ranked 42nd in SCI, 32nd in EI and 12th in ISTP among Chinese universities. UNESCO established a Chair for cooperation between higher engineering education and the industry at BJTU. The annual China Transportation Summit organized by BJTU has become an important event for transportation-related industry and research in China.
BJTU gives strong support to international cooperation and exchange. The University has established concrete cooperative relations with over 60 universities in more than 10 countries and regions as well as with the industry. BJTU’s China-Australia Business School, approved by the Ministry of Education, has achieved nation-wide recognition for its excellent quality. Our joint Confucius Institute in Leuven, Belgium has become a platform for Sino-European cultural and educational exchanges. The annual BJTU International Culture Festival receives more and more attention from the international students, embassies and the off-campus society. BJTU has also been active in hosting and organizing international academic conferences and workshops in many areas. The University also strengthens its work on the board of directors, the alumni association and the educational foundation so as to promote closer partnership with the industry and the society.
“Drink water and think about the source, love your country and be proud of your Alma Mater.” This is motto of the Jiaotong University. Following the glorious history and traditions and the principle of “Practice and Learn”, Beijing Jiaotong University will endeavor to pursue the goal of building a research university that is first-rate in China and well known in the world, which reflects the expectation of Mr. Jiang Zemin, the former President of China and distinguished Jiaotong alumnus, when he made his best wishes to the Alma Mater’s 100th Anniversary in 1996, “Follow our traditions, explore the future, and build Jiaotong University into a first-class university in the world.”

History of BJTU
  • 1909 The School of Railway Management, the predecessor of BJTU, was founded.
  • 1901 The School of Railway Management offered posts and elecommunications programs so as to boost the posts and telecommunications industry of China.
  • 1917 The School of Railway Management was restructured into Beijing Railway Management School and Beijing Posts and Telecommunications School in line with requirements of posts and telecommunications as two different disciplines.
  • 1921 The Shanghai Industrial Technical School, Tangshan Industrial Technical School, Beijing Railway Management School and Beijing Posts and elecommunication School merged into Jiaotong University with three branch schools Based in Beijing, Shanghai and Tangshan. Our university was named Jiaotong University Beijing Branch School.
  • 1923 The name of Jiaotong University Beijing Branch School was changed into Beijing Jiaotong University.
  • 1928 The three branch schools in Beijing, Tangshan and Shanghai reunited into Jiaotong University.
  • 1929 The branch school in Beijing adopted the name of Beiping Jiaotong Management School of Jiaotong University and Scored great achievements until the outbreak of the War of Resistance against Japan.
  • 1938 In times of the War of Resistance against Japan, Beiping Jiaotong Management School Of Jiaotong University was moved to Xiangtan of Hunan Province and then to Pingyue (now Fuquan County) of Guizhou Province.
  • 1944 It was moved to Bishan of Sichuan Province, where she combined with Tangshan Engineering College till 1945.
  • 1946 The University was moved back to Beiping and her name was altered into National Beiping Railway Management College.
  • 1949 Beiping Railway Management College, Tangshan together to ? Establish China Jiaotong University. Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Central People’s Government, appointed Mao Yisheng, a famous specialist in bridge engineering and academician, as president of the University, which had under it Beiping
  • Management College and Tangshan Engineering College. The Department of Railway Telecommunication Management was also established then.
  • 1950 China Jiaotong University changed its name into Northern Jiaotong University, to which was facilitated Beijing Railway College and Tangshan Engineering College.
  • 1951 Chairman Mao Zedong autographed the name of the University. The University established Railway business Department.
  • 1952 Headquarter of Nothern Jiaotong University was removed. Beijing Railway College and Tangshan Railway College were affiliated to the Ministry of Railways.
  • 1953 Harbin Railway College was incorporated with Beijing Railway College.
  • 1956 Beijing Railway College established Railway Construction Department, Railway Mechanical Department,Electrification Engineering Department and Applied Sciences Department.
  • 1960 Beijing Railway College was approved to be a key University of the country by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
  • 1970 The name of Beijing Railway College was changed into Northern Jiaotong University.
  • 1981 Northern Jiaotong University was among the first group of universities authorized by the Central government to confer master and doctoral degrees and to appraise and appoint associate professors, professors and doctoral supervisors.
  • 1994 Nothern Jiaotong University was qualified for the first round of competition in its efforts to enter the Project 211 and became one of the universities supported by this project.
  • 2000 Northern Jiaotong University united with Beijing Electric Engineering College and its administration was taken over by the Ministry of Education from the Ministry of Railways.
  • 2003 The university resumed its name of Beijing Jiaotong University with the approval of the Ministry of Education

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