Chongqing Jiaotong University is a distinctive, multi-disciplinary university with a primary focus in transportation engineering. In 1951, in response to the call of Chairman Mao to build a road from Chengdu to Lhasa and develop Southwest China, the Southwest Military and Political Commission chaired by Deng Xiaoping, founded a school, which was then named Southwest Transportation Technological Academy. In 1960, the School was renamed Chongqing Institute of Communications by merging with the Civil Engineering Department of Chengdu Technological College, the Metallurgical Department of Sichuan Metallurgical College, and the Hydraulic Engineering Department of Wuhan Institute of Water Transportation Engineering. In 2000, the University was transferred from the Ministry of Transport to the Chongqing local government for administration and now it is under the joint administration of the Ministry of Transport and Chongqing Municipality. In 2006, it was again renamed Chongqing Jiaotong University, and listed as a doctoral degree conferring institution.
The University is gaining better education resources. Currently, it has three campuses: Nan’an, Western (Chongqing) Science City and Daping. Together, they occupy an area of nearly 200 hectares in total and over 820,000m2 school buildings. The university owns total fixed assets of CNY 3.617 billion. It also boasts CNY 720 million in valued teaching and research equipment, one national and six municipal level experimental teaching demonstration centers.
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