Holding tightly the beliefs of “persisting in innovation, highlighting application, strengthening cooperation, upholding development”, aiming at the cutting edge of international science and technology, and focusing on the significant national projects, SWJTU has made great progress in basic science research, the training for science and technology talents, incorporating the functions of production, education and research, services for the good of the local economy and so on.
SWJTU has 10 recipients of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, 47 award winners selected by Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, 1 National Natural Science Foundation of China Innovative Research Team and 4 Innovation Teams chosen by the Ministry of Education. The University owns 3 national key research bases, which are the National Laboratory for Track Transportation (currently in the process of being building), the National Key Laboratory of Traction Power, and the National Track Transportation Research Center for Electrification and Automation Technology, as well as 12 key research bases at the provincial and ministerial level. During the Eleventh Five-Year Plan Period, the major projects of National 973 Program, National 863 Program, National Key Technology Research and Development Program, and Natural Science Foundation were conducted by the university allowing for sustained growth. During this time the university was awarded 14 Science and Technology Achievement Awards (1 Special Prize, 5 First Prizes, and 8 Second Prizes).
In recent years, SWJTU has put a major portion of its science and technology resources into the field of national economic construction, particularly in track transportation construction, in order to seize the valuable opportunities of railway development, and to vigorously promote original innovation, integrated innovation and secondary innovation in the speed-increase of existing railway line, the construction of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, construction of the Beijing-Shanghai and the Beijing-Tianjin Railway, railway equipment modernization, informationization, and transportation management. SWJTU has made breakthroughs in a number of core and key technologies in the areas of extra-large bridges, long and large tunnels, subways, light rails, magnetic suspension trains, and modern science and technology services. Meanwhile, SWJTU has actively strengthened cooperation with the enterprises inside and outside of the railway system and with the local government, built overall partnerships with International Union of Railways, the Beijing-Shanghai Express Railway Company, the China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry Group Corporation, China Northern Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry Group Corporation, and other research institutes, established institutes in Beijing, Shenzhen, Changzhou, Tangshan, and built an interactive platform incorporating the functions of production, education, and research , and service with local government.