Directly affiliated to the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, Chang'an University is jointly run by the national ministries of education, transport, land resources, housing and urban-rural construction and the Shaanxi Provincial Government.
The university was officially established in 2000 by merging the former Xi'an Highway University, Xi'an Engineering Institute and Northwest Institute of Construction Engineering, which were founded in the early 1950s.
Chang'an University is located in the historical and cultural city of Xi'an and covers approximately 250 hectares. The university comprises two teaching campuses and two practice bases. It has developed into an influential comprehensive higher institution in China, with engineering as its main discipline, combining it with the sciences, and with multidisciplinary development in economics, management and the humanities. It has graduated more than 250,000 talents of different levels, mainly in the fields of highway transport, land resources, and environment and construction engineering.
Chang'an University has 21 schools or departments, five national-level key disciplines, 26 provincial-level key disciplines, eight post-doctoral research stations, eight first-level and 52 second-level doctoral programs, 26 first-level and 122 second-level master's programs, 40 undergraduate specialties as well as eight fields of degree conferment of Master of Public Management and Master of Industrial and Commercial Management, and 16 enrollment fields of master's in engineering.
The university now has 2,067 full-time teachers, including three academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, six Yangtze River Scholar chair professors, and five national experts with outstanding contributions.
The university was one of the first universities in China to provide foreign aid education and recruit students from regions like Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Following the trend of internationalization of higher education in the country, in recent years the university has strengthened its exchange and cooperation with over 120 higher education and scientific research institutions from more than 20 countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Japan and South Korea.