Xian Jiatong University
Xian Jiatong University, also known as “Xijiaoda” or “XJTU”, is a national key university located in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province. XJTU has three campuses: Xingqing campus, Yanta campus and Qujiang campus, covering a total area of around 206 hectares.
Towering trees have their roots and the rivers flowing around the mountains have their sources. The predecessor of Xian Jiao Tong University is Nanyang Public University that was founded in Shanghai in 1896; in 1905, it was transferred to the commercial department and was renamed High Industrial School; in 1906, it was under the command of postal transmission department. It was renamed Shanghai High Industrial School of Postal Transmission Department.
In 1955, the State Council decided to move Jiao Tong University to Xian. In May of 1956, it began to move. In September of 1957, Jiao Tong University has two parts, one was in Xian. The other was in Shanghai. Later, most departments, specialties, books, equipment and instruments and teachers, students and staffs moved to Xian; on July 31, 1959, No, 212 Guoerluzi document of State Council approved and agreed education department's decision that the Xian part and Shanghai part of Jiao Tong university become independent and set up two universities, Xian Jiao Tong University and Shanghai University.
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In recent years, Xian Jiatong University has been following a path of active exploration and bold innovation as it seeks to implement the national reform plan for the comprehensive restructuring of higher education. An important element of this reform is the new "2+4+X" model for research universities, a model which emphasizes providing the student with a solid foundation of general knowledge, sound research skills and the ability to innovate. The goal is to transform the university from one which simply transmits knowledge to one which emphasizes active engagement in research.
Xian Jiaotong University took the lead among Chinese universities when it undertook to create a system of residential colleges modeled on the traditional Chinese academy of learning. This twin college system is aimed at giving our students the best possible chance for success. XJTU established the "Qian Xuesen Experimental Class" for particularly gifted students and the "Zonglian Experimental Class," whose purpose is to develop an appropriate classroom model for medical education. The university also set up its engineering workshop to stimulate student interest in science and technology and to encourage innovation and creativity, in keeping with the adage that small inventions lead to big creations. XJTU's priorities in education are reflected in the following series of maxims: Science before engineering, engineering before medicine, management, and law. As a result of this unique model, many graduates of XJTU have acquired multidisciplinary skills, a fact which has not gone unnotice by the larger society. As one of only two universities in China with a class for gifted young people, Xian Jiaotong University has received praise from students and parents alike for its unique educational model, its favorable study environment, excellent teachers and substantial teaching resources, and its positive good teaching results.
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