2016-04-18 17:45:25.0

Xi'an Jiaoda builds a global campus

Chinese institute has cooperated with more than 200 universities in over 60 countries and regions, Lu Hongyan and Ma Lie report.

Xi'an Jiaotong University said its education system is rooted in internationalization and aims to "serve the country and build a global, first-class university".

Xi'an Jiaoda, as it is colloquially known, aims to broaden its students' international perspectives, conduct research on global issues and expand cooperation.

It is working hard to shape its teaching methods with an international scope, develop first-class talents and attain research achievements.

High-quality education

The university provides high-quality educational resources and a good learning environment for each of its students' development.

It focuses on constructing training systems in line with international standards, and strives to cultivate professionals and top-notch innovative personnel who have "persistent beliefs, high moral character, first-class quality and strong innovation capabilities".

Xi'an Jiaotong University aims to boost international communication through various projects, such as dual degrees, student exchanges and joint training.

To date, it has signed intercollegiate cooperation agreements with more than 200 universities in over 60 countries and regions.

Under the program named Jiaotong University Students Visiting Study in World Famous Universities, it sends outstanding students to famous overseas universities for short-term study during the winter holiday.

It also promotes various types of dual degrees and student exchange programs, such as the Sino-France 4 plus 4 project, summer studies, research and social practices.

Xi'an Jiaotong University has sent its students for short- and long-term studies at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Columbia University in New York, the University of California, Berkeley, and other world-class universities.

In 2015, an English practice summer course became compulsory for Xi'an Jiaotong University freshmen, with 90 native English teachers hired to teach and strengthen the students' English-speaking abilities.

The university also set up a scholarship to attract outstanding foreign students in an aim to improve the proportion of international students. By the end of 2015, Xi'an Jiaotong University had 1,825 international students from 97 countries and regions. The university has developed a thorough English teaching curriculum for graduate students in order to allow them to improve their teaching content and methods. At present, two courses in its management school have received international certifications and its management, energy and mechanical engineering schools are equipped with English-language teaching systems.

To support the Belt and Road Initiative, the university has established training programs to expand exchanges and cooperation with countries along the modern Silk Road. Currently, courses on Chinese and international commercial law, Chinese culture, an MBA program and engineering management are being constructed.

Academic cooperation

Xi'an Jiaotong University is strengthening its management by making use of cooperative projects.

As a result, its funds for foreign experts and projects have grown steadily, with its total funds and projects ranking among the nation's top universities. The university is the only institute in China to have three bases for international cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology and the State Bureau of Foreign Experts.

Talent recruitment projects created by Xi'an Jiaotong University have maintained sound relations with its foreign partners in building cooperation platforms, outlining courses and training personnel.

German physicist Knut W. Urban has visited Xi'an Jiaotong University on a number of occasions and has contributed greatly to the establishment of Xi'an Jiaotong University-Germany international dielectric research center.

Promoted by a project named the Silk Road Senior International Seminar Series of International Economic Law, Xi'an Jiaotong University signed a training agreement with the Lauterpacht Center for International Law at the University of Cambridge and also founded a magazine called The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law with the Oxford University Press.

The journal was the first English-language law journal jointly founded by the Oxford University Press and a Chinese university and is the first international law journal that has the support from the International Academy of Comparative Law. Xi'an Jiaotong University has successfully implemented seven education plans jointly designed by the Ministry of Education and the State Bureau of Foreign Experts. It was listed as a top university in China in terms of the number of projects and achievements.

The seven bases introduced 38 scholars listed in the 1,000 Talent Plan, the nation's policy to attract overseas elites to work in China, three young scholars from the same plan and produced an academician. The scholars working in the bases have published a number of important research results in top international journals such as Nature and Science, and have won a number of National Natural Science awards.

Contact the writer at luhongyan@chinadaily.com.cn and malie@chinadaily.com.cn 


           Students celebrate commencement day at Xi'an Jiaotong University. Photos provided to China Daily