Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) was founded in 1896. It was originally named Imperial Chinese Railway College, and later called Tangshan Jiaotong University and then Tangshan Railway Institute. SWJTU is one of the earliest universities in China, known as “the Cradle for the Chinese Railway Engineers” and “East Cornell”. Through the centuries, SWJTU has developed into a key national multi-disciplinary university, with focus on engineering and a distinct specialty in rail transportation. Its three sprawling campuses, Jiuli, Xipu and Emei, cover a total area of 5,000 acres.