It is an English-language university located in Suzhou, just west of Shanghai, which has grown since its establishment in 2006 to today’s on-campus student body of almost 15,000 and a further 3,000 completing their degrees in Liverpool. An independent university with dual degree-awarding powers from the Chinese Ministry of Education and from the University of Liverpool, XJTLU’s overarching vision is to be a research-led international university in China and a Chinese university recognized internationally.

The breath-taking pace of XJTLU’s growth and its international reputation for innovation and high-quality education, its phenomenal capital development, its home in the economic powerhouse of the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP – an experimental city that is at the heart of one of China’s largest economic growth centres), the exceptional calibre of its student body, highly qualified international academic staff, and continued collaboration with its parent universities (Xi’an Jiaotong University and University of Liverpool) all together speak to what makes this university unique, support its vision for continued excellence, and emergence as a leader into research-led education. The first decade concentrated on educational programmes and growth in student numbers. While this will continue, the next decade will concentrate on developing the university’s research impact.

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