Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) was born with its specialty in railway and developed along with its management disciplines. As early as 1909, the Qing government established Beijing Railway Management Training Institute, the predecessor of BJTU, proclaiming the first institute of higher education that cultivated management talents in the history of China.
The disciplines of economics and management, having started at the very beginning of BJTU, are naturally the most long-standing disciplines on campus. Over more than one century, the growths of disciplines have been closely connected to the country’s destiny, overlapping endlessly with the university’s development, and rising more distinctive through the years of time. In 1996, BJTU integrated School of Economics, Department of Industrial and Construction Management Engineering, and Department of Materials Management Engineering to form School of Economics and Management (SEM). Hence the school has stepped into a new stage growing even stronger. In 2011, SEM was approved by the Ministry of Education as one of the first group of 17 pilot schools. In 2015, SEM was awarded 3 PALMS in the World Best Business Schools Ranking by Eduniversal, being prominent in its 11th position in the best business schools ranking in mainland China.As a member of AACSB and EFMD, SEM has been eligible and entered the process of AACSB accreditation, and has moved onto the pre-eligibility advisory stage of EQUIS. SEM has also entered the advisory stage of CAMEA (Chinese Advanced Management Education Accreditation).
As the earliest institute of higher education that provides business education in modern China, for over a century SEM has cultivated a large number of top talents and management elites. For example, Xu Jing, pioneer of China’s railway transportation economics discipline in China, Yang Rumei, one of China’s first four accountants, and Zhao Chuanyun, national reputed expert of railway transportation economics, they are all outstanding figures. Currently, over 5,000students are studying at SEM, including about 800 Ph.D. students, 2,500 graduate students, and 1,700 undergraduate students.
Over the past five years, our school has been awarded 1 national excellent teaching team, 3 Beijing municipal excellent teaching team, 3 Beijing teaching achievement award, 2 national excellent textbooks, 9 textbooks of “The 12th five Year” plan, 2 national pilots of professional and comprehensive reform, 2 national excellent video open courses, 4 national excellent resources sharing classes and 1 national virtual teaching experiment center. Meanwhile, SEM has received approvals from 33 national college student innovation experimental projects and 36 Beijing municipal college student innovation experimental projects. What’s more, through scientific research competitions our undergraduates have obtained 14 national first prizes and 20 provincial and provincial first prizes.
Since the establishment of Economics and Management disciplines, the University has gathered a large group of talented scholars and accomplished experts. Zeng Kunhua, founder of the University and the first railway management expert in modern China, Ma Yinchu, famous Chinese Economist and demographer, Hu Liyou, chief professor of Beiping Railway Management School of Chiao Tung University and many other experts have taught here. At present, SEM has 292 members of faculty and staff, with 209 faculty members including 58 professors, 93 associate professors, and 58 lecturers. The School recruited faculty members with high-level talents that include academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, counselor of the State Council, National Renowned Teachers, Discipline Review Group of State Council members, "Ten Thousand Talents Plan", “New Century Excellent Talents Supporting Program” of the Ministry of Education, etc.
After years of development, SEM currently has 4 first level disciplines: Applied Economics, Business Administration, Management Science and Engineering, and Public Management. For the first three ones, the School offers doctoral and postdoctoral programs of first level discipline and have professors who have attained membership of Discipline Review Group of State Council. SEM now has 1 national key discipline, namely, Industrial Economics, and 3 Beijing key disciplines: Applied Economics, Management Science and Engineering together with Business Administration. SEM also has 1 national virtual teaching experiment center, 3 Beijing key research centers of philosophy and social science: Research Center for Beijing Transportation Development, Beijing Center for Industrial Security Research and International Center for Informatics Research, 1 Beijing research center for collaborative innovation of social science and natural science: Beijing Research Center for Humanized & Technological & Green Transportation, 1 Beijing Laboratory: Beijing Laboratory for National Economic Security Forecasting Project and 1 Beijing Municipal Key Laboratory: The Laboratory of Logistics Management and Technology. In total, SEM has more than 30 scientific institutes engaged in scientific research and social service.
SEM has always been targeting the needs of national strategies and industrial growth, giving full play to the advantages in the complete disciplines in the field of economics and management. Through personnel training, scientific research and theoretical support SEM actively devote itself to industrial developments such as national transportation, modern logistics, capital finance, information technology, real estate construction and tourism health, contributing to the country’s industrial advancement.
On an annual average, over the past five years, SEM has been approved more than 53 million RMB as research funds, and these projects have accumulated to more than 1,200 items, ranking top among our counterparts on nationwide. 18 of the projects are supported by National Social Science Fund of China, 23 are by National Natural Science Foundation of China, 3 are by National Soft Science, 9 are by National Science and Technology Supporting Program, 20 are by Humanities and Social Science of the Ministry of Education, and 74 are by Beijing Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science, as well as a series of projects from international organizations, such as international cooperation research projects supported by the Seventh Framework Programme by European Commission and World Bank. SEM scholars have published more than 1,772 academic articles, of which there are 1 highly cited article, 63 of SCIE, 48 of SSCI and 191 of EI, together with 195 monograph teaching materials and translation works. In addition, 26 expert proposals have been collected in Beijing Social Science Funds Result Summary, National Social Science Funds Result Summary, Universities Think Tank Journal of the Minister of Education or Internal Reference of People’s Daily and many other publications, and among the proposals, there are 8 instructed by the central or regional leaders. SEM’s research accomplishments have obtained 23 awards of provincial or ministerial level or above.
As a substantial part of social service, over a long time SEM has been carrying out series of professional training programs such as degree program, training course program, enterprise internal training program, executive development program and personnel continuing education program. SEM has also set up a cooperative partnership with more than 200 companies and institutions of public sectors and signed strategic cooperation agreements with over 100 local government as well as enterprises and institutions of public sectors.
SEM has established more than 50 cooperative programs with more than 30 world-renown universities, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US), Monash University (Australia), National University of Singapore (Singapore) and Waseda University (Japan). In 2013, SEM has established International Advisory Committee (comparatively earlier among domestic business schools), striving for the improvement of our internationalization level for educational operation by learning advanced experience from world-renown business schools.
As for now, with our mission to “contribute business wisdom, cultivate leading talents and benefit economy and society” and values of “Insightfulness from meticulousness, Decisiveness from thoughtfulness, Righteousness from benevolence and Respectfulness from attentiveness”, SEM is stepping forward to the goal of becoming “a business school guiding industrial development of China”.
(The mentioned data are updated on July 31st, 2017)
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