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Beijing Jiaotong University


Beijing Jiaotong University

Beijing Jiaotong University
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 which means the top of Chinese university.

Jiaoda South Gate.


  • History 1
  • Schools and faculties 2
  • Societies 3
  • International students 4
    • "Entering China" project 4.1
  • Notable alumni 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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

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, Media Society, Photography 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
  • Undergraduate Programs (Updated in Dec. 2014)
Discipline (Degree) Program Program Code School
Engineering Communication Engineering 080703 School of Electronic and Information Engineering
Automation 080801
Rail Traffic Signaling and Control 080802T
Electronic Science and Technology 080702
Mechanical Engineering* 080201 School of Mechanical, Electronic and Control Engineering
Vehicle Engineering 080207
Measurement, Control Technology and Instrumentation* 080301
Energy and Power Engineering 080501
Industrial Engineering 120701
Mechatronics Engineering 080204
Civil Engineering 081001 School of Civil Engineering
Environmental Engineering 082502
Water Supply and Drainage Science and Engineering 081003
Engineering Mechanics 080102
Traffic and Transportation* 081801 School of Traffic and Transportation
Logistics Engineering 120602
Traffic Engineering* 081802
E-Commerce 120801
Nano-materials and Technology 080413T School of Science
Computer Science and Technology* 080901 School of Computer and Information Technology
Biomedical Engineering 082601
Internet of Things Engineering 080905
Information Security 080904K
Electrical Engineering and Automation* 080601 School of Electrical Engineering
Software Engineering 080902 School of Software Engineering
Urban and Rural Planning 082802 School of Architecture and Design
Economics Economics 020101 School of Economics and Management
Finance 020301K
Management Labor and Social Security 120403
Business Administration 120201K
Marketing 120202
Financial Management 120204
Accounting 120203K
Logistics Management 120601
Information Management and Information System 120102
Engineering Management 120103
Tourism Management 120901K
Security Management 120106TK
Science Information and Computation Science 070102 School of Science
Opto-electronic Information Science and Engineering 080705
Materials Chemistry 080403
Mathematics and Applied Mathematics 070101
Statistics 71201
Architecture Architecture 082801 School of Architecture and Design
Arts Graphic Design 130502 School of Architecture and Design
Environmental Design 130503
Digital Media Arts 130508
English Language 050201 School of Languages &Communication Studies
Communication 050304
Spanish Philology 050205
Law Law 030101K Law School

1. The table is made with reference to “The Catalog of Undergraduate Programs of Regular Higher Education Institutions of China, 2012”. 2. Length of Schooling: Urban and Rural Planning-5 years; Architecture-5 years; Others-4 years. 3. The programs marked with * are accredited by Washington Accord.

International students


Beijing Jiaotong University is one of the earliest universities which 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

"Entering China" is an 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 a 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


  1. ^ "Entering China" project: VIP Programs.

External links

  • Official website
  • Official website (simplified Chinese)
  • Campus real three-dimensional map (Requires Registration via Chinese-only form)
  • Official website of Studypath

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