Xi'an Jiaotong University, a national key university under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, is one of the country's oldest institutions of higher learning. Founded in Shanghai in 1896 as Nanyang Public, it was renamed Jiaotong University in 1921. In 1956, at the direction of the State Council, the university was moved to Xi'an and renamed Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU). As one of the country's national key universities, it was included in the first group of universities singled out for high priority development under the country's seventh and eighth five-year plans. It was also included in the first group of universities to benefit from Project 211 and Project 985, with the goal of becoming a world-class university. Under a plan adopted by the State Council in April 2000, the original Xi'an Jiaotong University was merged with the Xi'an Medical University and the Shaanxi Institute of Finance and Economics to form the new Xi'an Jiaotong University.
Today, Xi'an Jiaotong University is a comprehensive research university offering programs in nine areas—science, engineering, medicine, economics, management, art, law, philosophy, and education—with a major emphasis on science and engineering. It includes 20 schools, eight undergraduate residential colleges, and eight affiliated teaching hospitals. XJTU has a faculty and staff of more than 5500, of which 2500 are full-time teachers, including over 1500 professors and associate professors. The faculty includes 21 academicians—nine members of the National Academy of Sciences and twelve members of the National Academy of Engineering--among whom twelve are members of both. The university has had five recipients of national teaching awards. Among current faculty members, 38 have been designated as “Chang JIang Scholars” by the Ministry of Education; 25 have been honored by National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars; 15 have been recognized as national experts who have made outstanding contributions to the nation. An additional 142 teachers have been selected to participate in the Ministry of Education's “New Century Program for Promising Young Talent,” and another 547 have been awarded government stipends for their outstanding contributions to China. Pursuant to its precept that “talent makes the university strong,” XJTU has continues to add to its strength by attracting to the campus leaders in a wide range of disciplines and will continue the process of building its team of top-level talent.
School of International Education
School of International Education was established in 2006, is responsible for the comprehensive affairs of all the foreigner students which are to formulate and supervise the policies, students recruitment, immigration and logistics, students daily life affairs, coordination of students academic work, undergraduate students program of Chinese language teaching and academic development. The school consists of four major functional departments i.e. Administration Office, Admissions Office, International students affairs office, International students housing service, and Chinese language teaching department. The staff consists of 21 members, amongst them 12 are functional members and 9 of them are Chinese language teachers. Since the establishment, the school has trained nearly 3,000 outstanding foreign students. Foreigner students are studying in more than 36 major subjects and 10 colleges.