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.