Our deans provide academic leadership for research and graduate studies, International Business School Suzhou, and learning and teaching.


Professor Jean Chen

Dean of International Business School Suzhou (IBSS)

Prior to joining Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Professor Jean Chen was the head of Southampton Business School and a chair professor in accounting and finance at the University of Southampton, UK.

Professor Chen has worked in UK higher education for 28 years, including as associate dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, vice president and chief executive of Surrey International Institute, and a chair professor in financial management at the University of Surrey. She held two senior roles as a council member and chair of the council's international committee for the UK Royal Chartered Association of Business Schools (ABS) between 2014 and 2015.

Professor Chen has many links through her involvement in professional bodies and industries. She has been an academic member of the Association of International Accountants (a major UK professional body for chartered accountants). She has also maintained links with industry through research collaborations, short courses and consultancy for organisations such as the British Government (DFID and DTI), the EU, Bank of China, and private companies. Professor Chen has more than 20 years' experience of international collaboration through research with world-leading universities, joint educational programme development with overseas universities, and student recruitment.

Chair Professor Chee Seong Chin

Dean of Learning and Teaching

Professor Chee Seong Chin, former head of the Department of Civil Engineering, is Dean of Learning and Teaching, supporting the University in the operational delivery of its academic strategy and the ongoing co-ordination of learning and teaching.

Professor Chin received his PhD degree in Civil Engineering in 2006 from Swansea University, UK, and has more than a decade's experience working in international higher education institutions. He is the founding director of the Institute for Sustainable Materials and Environment and founding Head of the XJTLU-Innostrux Centre for Advanced Fibre Reinforced Concrete Technology.

His primary research interests are materials and structural behaviour of fibre-reinforced cementitious composites as well as sustainable construction and building materials. Professor Chin has acquired over 15 million RMB of research grants, produced more than 55 research articles and technical reports, supervised 12 PhD students for their dissertations, founded/directed five degree programmes and developed/delivered 17 taught modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Professor Eng Gee Lim

Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Professor Eng Gee Lim from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is dean for research and graduate studies, supporting the operational delivery of the academic strategy as it relates to research matters. He leads and implement strategies on research management, income, performance and output, and helps drive initiatives in research-led teaching. He is also responsible for the ongoing co-ordination, development and management of the Research and Graduate Studies Office.

Professor Lim received his PhD degree in the area of electronic engineering in 2002 from the University of Northumbia in the United Kingdom, after which he worked for Andrew Ltd, a leading communications system company in the UK. He joined XJTLU in 2007. Having published in more than 100 refereed international journals and conference papers, his research interests include antennas, RF/microwave engineering and wireless communication networks for smart and green cities, amongst other areas.

Professor Stuart Perrin

Dean of International Affairs

Professor Stuart Perrin, former dean for learning and teaching as well as former director of the XJTLU Language Centre, is the University’s first dean for international affairs. In this role, drawing on his experience in academia, recruitment and marketing, Professor Perrin looks at steps XJTLU needs to take to become a ‘truly international university’ and will be developing a number of initiatives and policies in this respect across all areas of the university.

Prior to working at XJTLU, Professor Perrin worked at Queen Mary University of London, as well as other London educational institutions, including private educational providers.