Updated on February 23, 2012
Jiaotong University started its master program in 1931 and enrolled up to over 200 postgraduates in 1956 when the university was relocated. The Graduate School of Xi'an Jiaotong University was China's first group of 22 universities that established pilot graduate schools in 1984 and also the only graduate school in Northwest China then. Currently, the university is entitled to confer degrees in fields of study that cover 10 branches of learning, namely, science, engineering, medicine, economics, management, humanities, law, philosophy, education, and art. There are 27 first-order and 154 second-order disciplines and specialties authorized to confer doctor's degree, 45 first-order and 242 second-order disciplines and specialties authorized to master's degree, and 20 specialties authorized to confer professional degrees (2 doctor's degrees and 18 master's degrees). Xi'an Jiaotong University boasts 8 state key disciplines of the first order, 37 state key disciplines of the second order, and 3 state key (nurtured) disciplines of the second order. In the Disciplinary Evaluation of China's Higher Education Institutions between 2007 and 2009, 5 first-order disciplines of the university ranked the top three in the country.
Xi'an Jiaotong University has been enjoying a great prestige for producing accomplished masters and outstanding talents. It has implemented the strategy of strengthening the university through talents nurturing, accelerated training and introduction of teaching and researching backbones. At present, the university has members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, nation-level master teachers, winners of the National Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, and Cheung Kong Scholars professors as the mainstay of its faculty who lay a solid foundation for talents training and scientific research. At present, the university has a faculty and staff of more than 5,616, including 2,214 full-time teachers, over 1,500 professors and associate professors (810 doctoral advisors). The university has on its faculty 21 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, among whom 11 are members of both academies. There are 6 winners of National Teaching Master Award, 38 Cheung Kong Scholars professors and guest professors of Ministry of Education, 29 winners of the National Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 16 experts who have made outstanding contributions to the nation, and 188 members listed in the New-century Program for Promising Young Talents of Ministry of Education. The university has 13 members on the Sixth Disciplinary Appraisal Panel of the State Council Academic Degree Committee and 547 experts who are awarded government stipends for their outstanding contributions to China.
Xi'an Jiaotong University has 5 state key laboratories at the national level, 4 state specialized laboratories, 2 state centers of engineering research, 59 key research institutes at the provincial and ministerial levels, and 20 post-doctoral research stations, all of which have been playing a prominent role in innovation-oriented education for graduate students. Meanwhile, the university has constructed 10 innovative experiment platforms for graduates, offered classes of top-quality courses for West China graduates, opened up summer schools, created "the Chuangyuan Forum", and implemented plans of overseas study, collaborated programs and attending high-level international conferences for doctoral degree candidates, aiming to realizing the sustainable and speedy development of university’s innovation-oriented graduate education and lifting the training of high-quality talents to a higher level.
At present there are over 13,000 graduate students (including over 4,000 doctoral candidates) receiving degree education and over 4,800 in-service master's degree candidates receiving non-degree education. In recent years, the university has been making an annual admission of approximately 4,500 degree-oriented graduates, including about 850 doctoral candidates and about 3,600 master's degree candidates. The university's graduate education has been enjoying a constant growth and steady improvement in quality.
By the end of December 2011, Xi'an Jiaotong University had conferred over 6,400 doctor's degrees and over 41,000 master's degrees in total. It won 6 national teaching achievement awards in graduate education, 23 doctoral dissertations were recipients of "the National Excellent Doctoral Dissertations Award" and 38 doctoral dissertations were nominated for the award. Four students were "the National Master's Degree Holders in Engineering for Outstanding Contributions". Graduates of Xi’an Jiaotong University are playing an important role in the country's construction.
We will always cherish and be inspired by the words that Premier Wen Jiabao said during his visit to the university on June 5, 2009:"Jiaoda is a prestigious university with numerous talented personnel. I believe that more outstanding talents from you will stand out."