The Department of Fire Protection Engineering of Southwest Jiaotong University was established in 2004. It is one of the three key universities that offer four-year fire engineering program leading to a bachelor’s degree, and currently ranks second in China.The department has two major programs, i.e., Fire Protection Engineering and Safety Engineering.
Fire Protection Engineeringis an emerging discipline that studies the mechanism of fire occurrence and development as well as the theory and technology of fire prevention and control. The Fire Protection Engineering program in Southwest Jiaotong University has a unique characteristic, i.e., it focuses on fire prevention and protection problems such as building fire performance design and fire risk assessment in built and transportation environment. The objective of the program is to cultivate students to be professionals with solid foundation, broad knowledge, innovative spirit and all-round development in morality, intelligence, physicality and finally to meet the needs of the 21st century's fire protection industry.Through learning and practical training, students will have basic knowledge of fire laws and regulations, basic theories of fire science, and master fire engineering design, construction, detection technology, performance-based fire protection design and fire risk assessment technology, and could grow into senior engineering technology and management professionals in fire engineering field in the future. At present, there are around 200undergraduates and 60graduates in this program.
Fire Protection Engineeringprogram was elected as Sichuan Provincial Excellent Engineer Education and Training Program. The urban rail transportation program (fire protection engineering direction) was selected as the National Excellent Engineer Education and Training Program. The faculty undertook or participated in the National Key Research and Development Program, the National "863" Program Project, the National "973" Program Project, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and other national/provincial and municipal projects. Currently, the Department has three areas of strength, i.e., building fire protection, infrastructure and tunnel fire dynamic and flame retardant technology.
The Safety Engineering education projectorganized jointly by Southwest Jiaotong University and Oklahoma State University in the United States (SWJTU-OSU Safety Engineering Cooperative Education Project) was approved by the Ministry of Education in 2017 (School approval number/permit number: MOE51US2A20161803N). The SWJTU-OSU Safety Engineering Cooperative Education Project has enrolled a total of 209 studentsfor four sessions since 2017.
Oklahoma State University is a comprehensive state university with the purpose of teaching, research and service. The fire protection and safety engineering technology major were founded in 1937, which is the oldest fire protection major in North America and the first certified fire safety professional by the American Engineering and Technology Certification Board (ABET). The cooperation school of the two superior major is based on the development of our disciplines and absorbs high-quality resources from the United States in this major. It aims to cultivate wide-caliber and high-level international talents for our country in the field of safety (fire) engineering.
The SWJTU-OSU safety engineering cooperative project adopts the "3+1" cooperative school model. The training programs and teaching plans are formulated and implemented jointly by two universities. Students complete the courses of the first three years at Southwest Jiaotong University and study in Oklahoma State University in the fourth year. At the domestic study stage, English proficiency for students can be improved by directly introducing high-quality educational resources from abroad and lay the foundation for fourth-year professional course study. At the study stage in the United States, students will broaden their international horizons, understand and acquire the latest trends and information for professional safety (fire) filed and become an international compound professional talent.
Fire Protection Engineering has a team of well experienced, highly qualified and good age structure of faculty members. At present, there are 15 full-time academic staff, including 3 professors, 4 associate professors and 8 assistant professors. 13 faculty members have doctoral degree, and 8 faculties have more than one year's overseas experience. Teachers come from well-known universities and scientific research institutes at home and abroad, including City University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China University of science and technology, Wuhan University, Southwest Jiaotong University, China University of Mining and Technology, Sichuan University,Central South University, Chongqing University, etc.