Southwest Jiaotong University

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Southwest Jiaotong University
Motto 精勤求学,敦笃励志,果毅力行,忠恕任事
Type Public University
Established 1896
President Xu Fei (徐飞)
Academic staff
Students 60,000
Location Chengdu, Sichuan, China
30°46′10″N 103°59′05″E / 30.76944°N 103.98472°E / 30.76944; 103.98472Coordinates: 30°46′10″N 103°59′05″E / 30.76944°N 103.98472°E / 30.76944; 103.98472
Campus Suburban

Southwest Jiaotong University (Chinese: 西南交通大学; pinyin: Xīnán Jiāotōng Dàxué) is a national key university in Chengdu, Sichuan, affiliated to the Ministry of the Education of China. The university is a member of the 211 Project.

About SWJTU[edit]

The university was originally founded at Shanhaiguan, Hebei, in 1896, and it is currently located in Chengdu, Sichuan. The University has three campuses: the main Xipu campus, the Jiulidi campus in downtown Chengdu, and Emei campus about 90 miles to the southwest of the city snuggled at the foot of the Mount Emei, one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains. The university offers programs at the graduate and undergraduate level to approximately 60,000 students.

Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) was founded at Shanhaiguan in 1896, named then Imperial Chinese Railway College. It is one of the oldest universities in China majoring in engineering. In 1905, it was moved to Tangshan, Hebei Province, and was renamed Tangshan Chiao Tung University, Tangshan Railway Institute, and so on. In 1972, the university was removed to Emei, Sichuan province, and began to use its present name-Southwest Jiaotong University. In 1989, it was moved to Chengdu, and in 2002, the construction of a new campus covering an area of over 3,000 mu was started in Chengdu. With this, a new pattern of “one university, in two places, with three campuses” is coming into being.

Currently, the university has 18 schools, 3 departments and 2 divisions, with students totaling more than 38000, teachers and staff over 3900, which including full-time teachers about 1800, professors and associate professors about 1000, 3 CAS academicians and 2 CAE academicians. In addition, there are also 29 academicians from CAS and CAE who serve as part-time professors at the university’s invitation. There are now 45 PHD programs, 95 master's degree accredit posts, 61 undergraduate majors and 7 post-doctorate research centers, 3 national basic scientific research and teaching talents training bases, 6 national key disciplines and 1 national key lab.


1972.03-present Southwest Jiaotong University
1952.05-1972.03 Tangshan Institute of Railway
1950.08-1952.05 Tangshan Engineering College, Northern Jiaotong University
1949.07-1950.08 Tangshan Engineering College, Jiaotong University of China
1946.08-1949.07 National Tangshan Engineering College
1942.01-1946.08 Guizhou Division, National Chiao Tung University
1937.08-1942.01 Tangshan Engineering College, National Chiao Tung University
1931.09-1937.08 Tangshan Engineering College, Chiao Tung University
1928.09-1931.08 Tangshan Civil Engineering College, Chiao Tung University
1928.06-1928.08 The Second Chiao Tung University
1928.02-1928.06 Tangshan Chiao Tung University
1922.09-1928.02 Tangshan University
1921.07-1922.09 Tangshan College, Chiao Tung University
1913.08-1921.07 Tangshan Engineering College
1908.01-1912.12 Tangshan Engineering & Mining College (by the Ministry of Posts and Communications)
1906.04-1907.12 Tangshan Engineering & Mining College, Imperial Railways of North China
1905.10-1906.03 Tangshan Railway College, Imperial Railways of North China
1900.09-1905.05 (School Closure because of the invasion of Qing empire by the Eight-Nation Alliance)
1896.05-1900.09 Imperial Chinese Railway College

Schools and Departments[edit]

School of Civil Engineering
School of Mechanical Engineering
School of Electrical Engineering
School of Information Science and Technology
School of Economics and Management
School of Foreign Languages
School of Transportation and Logistics
School of Material Science and Engineering
School of Geological Science and Environmental Engineering
School of Architecture
School of Physical Science and Technology
School of Arts and Communications
School of Public Administration
School of Life Sciences and Engineering
School of Mechanics and Engineering
School of Mathematics
School of Political Science
Center for Psychological Research and Counseling
Training Center for Modern Industrial Technology
Department of Physical Education
School of Mao Yisheng
School of Zhan Tianyou
Tangshan Research Institute


  • Mao Yisheng: an expert on bridge construction and social activist.
  • Tung-Yen Lin: structural engineer best known as the pioneer of standardizing the use of prestressed concrete.
  • Jianyou Cao: One of the earliest contributors to Chinese railway electrification, a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and an expert in electric power system; the founder of the school of electrical engineering of Southwest Jiaotong University.

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