Since its establishment over 100 years ago, SWJTU has weathered storms amongst China’s warring past. It has undergone 18 relocations and despite the difficulties has sustained its belief in educating the young for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. It upholds the mission of focused education in culture and transport, spreads the spirit of educating talents to breathe new life into the Chinese nation and of unremitting self-improvement, and maintains the tradition of academic excellence and meticulous planning and research. Thus far, the number of graduates from the university has reached nearly 300,000.SWJTU boasts a well-developed student training system granting bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees. It consists of 19 schools with 75 key undergraduate majors, among which 12 are National-level Specialty Majors. The university confers PhD degree to 15 first-level disciplines and master’s degree to 43 first-level disciplines, and it also hosts ten centers for post-doctoral study. SWJTU attaches great importance to the nurturing of creative students. In 2000, the university won the honor of being one of the 16 universities nationwide to meet the assessment standards for excellent undergraduate education set by the Ministry of Education. In 2007, it passed the national undergraduate education assessment with top rating scores. The university has put “Excellent Engineer Education and Training Program” in place to beef up reform on student training with pilot bases of the Mao Yisheng and Zhan Tianyou Honors Colleges. Courses on general education are offered in the university and large-scale open online courses are available to students. The university won government grants and opened a host of national-level quality online courses and resource-sharing courses, as well as demo classes for career guidance. The university has uploaded its first three MOOCs courses on the EWANT online course platform, which is jointly established by the five Jiaotong universities in China. Mechanical Design is the first MOOCs course given by universities of west China. In recent years, SWJTU has reaped six first prizes for national-level teaching achievement award, ranking No.1 in Sichuan province and No.9 nationwide.SWJTU achieves remarkable results in cultivating internationalized talents. It has forged long-term partnership with 166 universities and institutions across 54 countries and regions including the International Union of Railways, Cornell University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Technical University Munich. It runs overseas programs in cooperation with the US and France and is a member school of Erasmus Mundus Program and a contract university of programs administered by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). The international and exchange programs benefit students of all kinds. In 2013, a total of 682 international students came to study at SWJTU from 65 countries, among whom 187 won CSC grants and are majored in the discipline of rail transportation. SWJTU has co-established a Confucius Institute with Karlstads University in Sweden and plans to set up a joint school with the University of Leeds in the UK. SWJTU is the first in Sichuan to set up a Confucius institute with a partner university in Europe.
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