April 2014: RailTEC unveiled a new initiative today between the University of Illinois (UIUC) and Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) promoting High Speed Rail Education, Research and Development. SWJTU President Fei Xu, Professor Wanming Zhai, Professor Guang Chen, Professor Ping Wang and Professor Yanjun Qiu visited campus on April 23, 2014 for the official announcement. This collaboration will enable the faculty of both universities to exchange knowledge and understanding about advances in high-speed rail (HSR) technology. UIUC looks forward to helping SWJTU faculty and students understand North American railroad engineering and transport principles by lecturing at SWJTU in Chengdu, working together on educational materials, and hosting visitors to our campus. China is a world leader in HSR technology. SWJTU professors will share their knowledge which will improve education on the topic here at the University of Illinois.