Lanzhou Jiaotong University ( LZJTU ) (formerly Lanzhou Railway University ) was established in 1958 through the combination of departments and sections from two highly reputable Chinese railway institutes: Tangshan Railway Institute (the present Southwest Jiaotong University ) and Beijing Railway Institute (the present Beijing Jiaotong University ).
In April 2003, with the approval of the Ministry of Education, the name of Lanzhou Railway University was changed to Lanzhou Jiaotong University . After 50 years of construction and development, LZJTU ranks as a comprehensive technical institution. The University has graduated more than 50,000 highly trained engineers and managers for both the railways and local transportation concerns. Through the long course of its operation, the University has firmly established its own excellent traditions and achieved a dominant position in many technical fields.
The university now possesses total assets of 1.448 billion yuan, and has a campus that covers an area of 1566 acres. It has 14 schools, two independent departments and two teaching departments, a Changjiang Scholars Program Creative Team, a postdoctoral research center on transportation engineering, 2 first class disciplines, 12 second class doctoral disciplines, 60 master's degrees, 49 undergraduate programs, nine provincial-level key disciplines, 53 laboratories and research centers, 5 key provincial and ministerial laboratories, one national experimental teaching demonstration center, and 1 national University Science and Technology District. LZJTU is also authorized to educate Air Force reserve officers for the Air Force of CPLA. The university currently employs 2,300 educational professionals. Among the teachers there are 121 full professors, 368 associate professors, 83 doctoral recipients and 576 master's recipients. The University's current enrollment totals over 30,000 students, including over 18000 full-time undergraduate students, over 2,500 postgraduates and Ph.D. candidates and over12,000 participants in adult education courses.
Furthermore, the Board of Directors of the university, which consists of members from over one hundred government departments and companies, was set up in 2001, signifying the establishment of a new multi-faceted education system.
The University will contribute to the rapid economic growth and social development of Northwestern China , adding to the nation's growth through the development of new teaching methods, excellence in scientific research and the aggressive pursuit of product development. The University's goal is to educate talented scientists and engineers to become open-minded and innovative professionals who will be the foundation of China 's development as a preeminent scientific and engineering powerhouse.
In the past 50 years, Lanzhou Jiaotong University has made great achievements in teaching, scientific research, management and personnel training. We will continue the fine traditions formed over time, putting emphasis on the university motto “ Morality, Ambition, Erudition and Practicality ” , and laying a solid foundation in building LZJTU into an even more research-oriented university, first-rate in China and well-known in the world.