Beijing Jiaotong University

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Beijing Jiaotong University
Beijing Jiaotong University.png
Motto 知行
Motto in English
Knowledge and Action
Established 1896
Type Public
President Ning Bin Chinese: 宁滨; pinyin: Nìng Bīn
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 13,800
Postgraduates 7,100
Location Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China
Campus Urban
Colors Orange

Beijing Jiaotong University (Chinese: 北京交通大学), formerly Northern Jiaotong University (Chinese: 北方交通大学), is one of the oldest universities in mainland China. The main campus is located close to Xizhimen, central Beijing. The university's abbreviated name which locals usually call it by is JiaoDa (交大). JiaoDa is a participant in the Ministry of Education's Project 211.

Jiaoda South Gate.


The Old Gate pictured in 1920.

The university was a component of Jiaotong University (also named Chiao Tung University). In September 1909, the Postal Department of the Qing government founded the Railway Management Institute in Beijing. In 1920s, it merged with two technical schools in Shanghai and Tangshan to form the Jiaotong University, which had three campuses in Beijing, Shanghai and Tangshan, respectively, changing its name to Beiping Railway Management School. The Beijing campus was named National Jiaotong University, Beijing (交通大学北京学校). In 1949, the Beijing campus was renamed Northern Jiaotong University (Chinese: 北方交通大学). In September, 2003, it was once again renamed Beijing Jiaotong University (Chinese: 北京交通大学) to make its favorable locality explicit. The Shanghai campus has since separated into two universities which are now Shanghai Jiaotong University and Xi'an Jiaotong University, with a further sister branch in Nanchang.

The Library as of 2007.
Another look at the Library at night.
The gingko trees on the campus turn yellow as the autumn season deepens. November, 2010.

Schools and faculties[edit]

As of 2009, Beijing Jiaotong University has under its administration:

  • Electronic Information Engineering Institute
  • Computer and Informational Technology Institute
  • Economy Management Institute
  • Communication and Transportation Institute
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture Institute
  • Mechanical and Electronic Control Engineering Institute
  • Electric Power Institute
  • Physical Sciences Institute
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Institute
  • Languages and communication studies Institute
  • Long-Distance and Continued Education Institute
  • Software Engineering Institute
  • Architecture and Art Institute
  • Graduate School

Altogether, the university has 22 research institutes and research centers, and 39 laboratories which include the transportation system simulation laboratory and transportation automation laboratory, which are the best of their kinds in China.

The university library has a million books, 3000 Chinese and foreign journals, as well as numerous documents on microfiche, audio- and video-documents on various modern media.

Beijing Jiaotong facilities include its own transmitter tower, TV station, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gym, arboretum, moot courts, museum, art gallery, railway line, and stadium.

There are 23810 fulltime students on the campus, of whom are 7,527 graduate students working on masters or PhD programs, 500 international students, and 8,767 engaged in correspondence programs, night schools, and other fulltime programs.

There are 2842 faculty members and scientists at the university among whom are 10 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, 286 full professors, and 588 associate professors. The Transportation, Engineering, Law and ICT Faculties are particularly renowned.


The students at Beijing Jiaotong University are active in a societies that enrich their campus life in addition to their normal academic activities. The groups on the campus can be divided into four categories:

  • Academic Societies (15 societies) which, among others, include the Science Fiction Society, Foreign Languages Society, Literature Society, Computer Science Application Society
  • Volunteers Societies (13) which include the Red Cross Society, Journalist Society, Psychological Health Society
  • Art Societies (11) which include the Film Society, Television Society, New Dance Society, Magicians' Society, Calligraphy and Painting Society
  • Sports Societies (16) which include the Bridge Society, Soccer Society, Tennis Society, Baseball Society, Cyclists' Society, Aircraft Model Society, Bodybuilding Society

International students[edit]

Siyuan Building
Students on Graduation Day
Tianyou Great Hal
Fanghua Park
Pool of Brightness

Beijing Jiaotong University is one of the earliest universities authorized by the Chinese government to enroll overseas students. Ever since BJTU has received over 3,000 foreign students and visiting scholars from as many as 71 countries and regions of Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, etc. Jiaotong has agreements with universities in the United States, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, Australia and others. U.S. President Barack Obama paid a visit to Jiaoda on a state visit to Beijing.

"Entering China" project[edit]

"Entering China" is an international students' exchange program which is organized by Beijing Jiaotong University and the China Women and Children Development Center.

The project's objective is to promote international education and cultural exchanges, promote Chinese culture and promote exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and foreign schools. The program is jointly organized by Beijing Jiaotong University and the China Women and Children Development Center in order to provide comprehensive education services for international students.

In 2007, Beijing Jiaotong University appointed Studypath as strategic technology partner to co-ordinate and liaise with students and agencies to enroll in the project. The online service is a 'technological study-path' available worldwide that supports the exchange program, both before and after the students arrive in China.[1] Beijing Jiaoda still cooperates on some level with its sister, Shanghai Jiaotong University, with business and economics students being able to switch campus.

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°00′02″N 116°19′34″E / 40.00056°N 116.32611°E / 40.00056; 116.32611