Academic Structure

Currently XJTLU comprises seventeen academic departments organized across six clusters:

1. International Business School Suzhou (IBSS)

IBSS has strong principles of internationalism, innovation, inspiration and integrity, which together ensure that it has a positive impact on society through teaching, research, and business engagement. IBSS benefits from close engagement with businesses in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone, ensuring both a real-world environment for students to apply their knowledge in practice, as well as unrivalled access for research projects.

2. Built Environment

Architecture focussing on human needs and social values in a context of rapid development, the Department strives to provide the best of Eastern and Western perspectives in architectural design, appreciation, and critique.

Civil Engineering has two current focusses for its work: sustainable construction and energy research. The main research activities of the Department are primarily focused on fibre reinforced concrete, material characterization, and engineering applications; sustainable construction materials and their applications in building and construction industries; automation and sustainability in building and construction industry; experimental and computational fluid dynamics for Civil Engineering applications; sensor technology and structure health monitoring.

Urban Planning and Design offers a globally competitive, professional planning and urban design programme unique in its focus on both local Chinese and international planning and urban design policy and practice. Research areas include urbanisation and urban regeneration in China, heritage and landscape conservation, local identity, migration and regional restructuring, smart cities, and participatory systems of planning.

3. Humanities and Social Sciences

China Studies teaches and researches about China’s history, society, politics, language and culture. Research focuses on culture and social change, especially at the local level.

English Research within the Department ranges widely from applied linguistics, language education, bilingualism, corpus linguistics, discourse studies, as well as areas of literature, including modernism, cosmopolitanism and romanticism.

International Relations is concerned with teaching and research about China’s place internationally, and especially about the social and economic relations between the Lower Yangtze Delta Region and other parts of the world. 

JC School of Film and TV Arts has two divisions: The Moving Image and Communications. The Division of the Moving Image concentrates on the practical aspects of film and programme production and presentation. The Division of Communications is concerned with the theory and observation of the mass media.

ILEAD is a leading centre for educational innovation, development, and training, which focuses on providing a global education model for both XJTLU and beyond. This department supports professional development for XJTLU staff while also operating as a training centre for external educational practitioners seeking development in the professional sector. 

4. Industrial Technology

Computer Science and Software Engineering Research interests include software engineering, e-commerce, information security, artificial intelligence, intelligent systems, computational intelligence, and knowledge engineering.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering staff are highly recognized in a number of research areas, with a third holding research grants from China’s National Science Foundation.

Industrial Design sets out to educate new generations of industrial and product designers who participate in China’s impending social, cultural, and economic transformation. This degree programme equips students with solid competencies in creative design, social and cultural aspirations and identity, material culture, industrial production and technology, artistic expression, interdisciplinary collaboration and social and environmental responsibility.


Mathematical Sciences current research areas include applied mathematics, computational fluid dynamics, risk management, computational finance, optimisation in finance, financial time series, Markov Switching models, non-linear analysis, non-linear partial differential equations, numerical methods, and scientific computing.


Biological Sciences is a Department with globally-respected staff and state-of-the-art facilities. Research areas include cell signalling, chemical biology, microbiology, virology, metabolic diseases, neuroscience, and proteomics.

Chemistry has research being undertaken in environmental monitoring, advanced materials, energy, health and clinical studies. Staff and students in the department have both achieved success in research with research projects being awarded grant funding in the areas of Novel Materials and Sensors.

Health and Environmental Sciences delivers two undergraduate programmes. One in Environmental Science that builds on existing strengths in Biological Sciences and Civil Engineering. The other in Public Health that promotes the maintenance of health, safety, and well-being of populations through the prevention of disease, disability and human suffering. The programme examines health issues in China and beyond with concerns for international and global contexts.

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Teaching Centres

XJTLU has three teaching centres: the Language Centre; the Chinese Culture Teaching Centre; and the Physical Education Centre. Each teaching centre supports delivery of the first year of the university’s four-year undergraduate degree programmes, as well as providing ongoing support to students throughout their studies.

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Research and Enterprise at XJTLU

XJTLU aims to become a research-led international university in China and a Chinese university recognized internationally for its unique features in learning and teaching, research, service to the wider society, and education management.

Its research strategy is concerned with increasing research output and impact. To this end, all staff are provided with basic research support, while a limited number of large-scale projects, mainly in science and technology, are resourced and organized through research institutes and centres. In addition, XJTLU is currently establishing a small number of key University Research Centres designed to compete internationally.

Through its enterprise activities, XJTLU engages with both local government and the wider community. The XiPu Institution works closely with both SIP and Suzhou Governments to promote XJTLU’s city and city region to the world. Its International Innovation Hub and International Technology Transfer Centre cooperate with parts of the university to assist the development of local businesses.

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