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Xi'an Jiaotong University

Xi'an Jiaotong University (abbreviated XJTU) is a C9 League university with strengths in engineering, technology, management, and life sciences located in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Class A Double First Class University. XJTU’s twenty schools comprise a comprehensive research university offering programs in nine areas: science, engineering, medicine, economics, management, art, law, philosophy and education.

XJTU houses five national key laboratories, four national special laboratories, and two national engineering research centers. XJTU’s eight affiliated teaching hospitals include two ranked in China’s top 100. The university is the hub of the University Alliance of the Silk Road, an international academic alliance under the umbrella of the People’s Republic of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative that aims to build educational collaboration and fuel economic growth in countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and key partners worldwide.

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Ashurbanipal, last major ruler of the Assyrian Empire, couldn’t outrun the effects of climate change. British Museum

Climate change fueled the rise and demise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, superpower of the ancient world

What caused the rise and then collapse 2,600 years ago of this vast empire centered on Mesopotamia? Clues from a cave in northern Iraq point to abrupt climate change.

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