XJTLU’s Board of Directors oversees the University’s governance and the senior management team leads the strategic direction and day-to-day operations.


Professor Xiaoping Song

Chair of the Board of Directors, XJTLU

Professor Xiaoping Song obtained his bachelors degree in engineering from Harbin Shipbuilding Institute (now known as Harbin Engineering University) in 1982. In 1984 he completed a masters in engineering at Zhejiang University and started his teaching career that same year at Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU). He began part-time doctoral studies at XJTU in 1987 and received his PhD degree in materials science and engineering in 1992.

Professor Song is currently a PhD supervisor in the Department of Materials Physics of the School of Science at XJTU. He was previously the vice president of XJTU responsible for science and technology. He is currently director of the Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Non-equilibrium Synthesis and Regulation of Substances.

His research areas mainly focus on advanced functional materials, and he has won much national and international recognition for his work.

Professor Janet Beer

Vice-Chair of the Board, XJTLU

Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

Professor Dame Janet Beer is vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool, having previously been vice-chancellor at Oxford Brookes University and pro vice-chancellor and dean of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a graduate of Reading and Warwick Universities and held a fellowship at Yale University.

An outstanding researcher in the field of late 19th and early 20th century American literature and culture, Professor Beer is also extremely well-known and respected in the higher education sector for the national leadership roles she has undertaken.

She chairs the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group (responsible for the National Student Survey and Key Information Set), is an elected board member of Universities UK (for which she is vice-president for England and Northern Ireland), a board member of UCAS, and a member of the Higher Education Policy Institute Advisory Board. She is also chair of the Equality Challenge Unit and has previously been an Arts and Humanities Research Council panel member.

Professor Wenquan Tao

President, XJTLU

Professor Wenquan Tao gained degrees from the Department of Dynamic Mechanics at Xi'an Jiaotong University. He has been a professor since 1986 and a supervisor of doctorate students since 1990. He has published papers in various international journals and at international conference, as well as in Chinese journals. He has also written books and textbooks.

He has received a number of awards in China for his achievements in both research and teaching. In 2003, he was awarded the "National Outstanding Teacher" title, while in 2005 was elected as an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Professor Tao is an associate chief editor of two international journals dealing with papers submitted by Chinese authors, a member of the editing boards of three international journals, and vice chairman of the Heat Transfer Committee of the Chinese Association of Engineering Thermophysics.

Professor Youmin Xi

Executive President, XJTLU; Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

XJTLU Senior Management Team

Professor Xi gained his undergraduate degree in physics from Xi'an Science and Technology University and his masters in system engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University. In 1987 he was the first person in mainland China to be awarded a doctoral degree in the field of management engineering, while in 1993 became the youngest supervisor of PhD candidates in management engineering in China.

As a visiting professor, he has conducted joint research projects in universities in Canada, America, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Much of his research in China has been designated as national key projects. His research and teaching areas cover strategic management and policy analysis, decision-making and decision support systems, management behaviour, and firm theory.

He has successfully supervised over 100 masters and PhD students, while as an author or co-author has published more than 300 academic papers and 20 books. He has received many prizes at provincial and ministerial levels.

As well as sitting on a variety of national-level boards and holding a wide range of titles, including standing committee member of Xi’an Municipal People’s Congress, Professor Xi is also chief editor of Manamaga, a magazine and journal focussed on management, as well as an editorial board member of several Chinese academic journals.

Dr Minzhu Yang

Vice President, XJTLU

XJTLU Senior Management Team

Dr Minzhu Yang oversees student affairs, recruitment, information technology, marketing and communication, and the library at XJTLU.

He received a bachelors degree in science and a masters degree in management engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University. He completed his PhD in management engineering in 1996 after studying through the joint PhD programme by Xi’an Jiaotong University and Saint Mary University, where he studied from 1989 to 1990.

Before he joined XJTLU as vice president, Dr Yang undertook various roles in teaching, research and management at different levels at Xi’an Jiaotong University, such as director of the Experiment Centre, vice dean of the Management School, and director of the Student Career Development Centre.

Professor David Goodman

Vice President, XJTLU

XJTLU Senior Management Team

Professor David Goodman was appointed vice president for academic affairs in September 2017, having been head of the Department of China Studies at XJTLU since 2014. He was also acting head of International Student Recruitment and Services from June 2016 to June 2017.

Professor Goodman has been active in university management since 1983, having established a faculty, four research centres, and a department; and having been vice president at University of Technology, Sydney, for five years. He also served on the Australian Research Council, and the Australian Government’s Foreign Affairs Council; and been a quality auditor for the European Association of Universities, the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, and both the Australian Universities Quality Agency and the Australian Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency.

His research work has concentrated on Sichuan, Guizhou, Shanxi, Gansu and Qinghai provinces of China over four decades. He has edited the book series China in Transition for Routledge since 1995; and the series Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China for Edward Elgar since 2012.

Dr Yimin Ding

Vice President, XJTLU

XJTLU Senior Management Team

Dr Yimin Ding is in charge of administrative affairs including human resources, finance and campus management at XJTLU. He is a management expert with nearly 20 years of professional experience in finance, human resources, information technology, commerce, procurement, project management and corporate management.

He started his professional career with Pharmacia Ltd, one of the world top 10 pharmaceutical companies, responsible for the management of its operation in China for a decade. He held the position of director for China Shared Service Centre at Avery Dennison China and prior to joining XJTLU served as the vice general manager at Valence Energy Technology (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.

Dr Ding obtained a bachelors degree in world economy and international trade from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and an Executive Master of Business Administration and a doctoral degree in business administration from United Business Institutes. He holds a management diploma from China Europe International Business School and is a member of the American Management Association.

Previous Senior Staff

Professor J.D. Bone

Former Vice-Chairman of the Board

Professor Sir James Drummond Bone was educated at the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford. He is a professor of English literature internationally known for his work in romantic studies, particularly Byron. He taught English language and literature as a lecturer, senior lecturer and professor at the Universities of Warwick and Glasgow. Formerly senior vice-principal at the University of Glasgow, from 2000 to 2002, Professor Bone was principal of Royal Holloway, University of London. He was appointed vice-chancellor of the University of London in 2001 and vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool in September 2002. As a university leader and manager he has been part of a number of initiatives at both institutional and national levels, many aimed at bringing the worlds of business and industry closer to universities. He co-edits the journal Romanticism. He is the chairman of the British University Chancellors Union and is a member of various committees including the Strathclyde European Project Committee, Scottish Industrial Development Committee, Scottish International Committee, Scottish Biological and Medical Research Funds Council, English Continuing Development Committee and more.

Professor Michael T. C. Fang

Former and the first Executive Vice President

Professor Fang joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University as an undergraduate in 1955. In 1963 he continued his studies in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and graduated in 1965 with a first class honours degree. In the same year he was awarded a college prize and the Salomon Scholarship by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In 1969 Professor Fang became a research fellow at Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, working on space physics. He moved to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at the University of Liverpool in 1970, where he was lecturer, reader and professor. He was the head of department from 1998 to 2001. He has been a pro vice-chancellor at the University of Liverpool since July 2005. He has been actively engaged in fundamental research and applications of low-temperature plasmas, in environment protection using ground penetration radar and in the application of neural networks to electrical power engineering. He has published nearly 200 papers in major international journals and conferences. He has given a number of keynote speeches and lectures at international conferences, universities and research institutes. He served on the committees of international conferences, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He was elected fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1994. Professor Fang was a William Watson Girling Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia and a visiting scientist at the University of Innsbruck, Germany. He is a guest professor at Tsinghua University and Shenyang University of Technology and a consultant professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University. He is a consultant to Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, LG Systems and Hysoung Corporation in South Korea.

Professor Yonghua Song

Former Executive President

Professor Song gained his BEng, MSc and PhD degrees at Sichuan University and the China Electric Power Research Institute in China. In 2002, he was awarded a Doctor of Science by Brunel University for his contributions to power system research and knowledge. He began his academic career as a postdoctoral research fellow at Tsinghua University, China, in 1989 and subsequently held posts in the UK at Bristol, Bath and Liverpool John Moores Universities. In 1997 he joined Brunel University as a Royal Academy of Engineering/British Energy/BNFL/Siemens research professor of power systems. He was pro vice-chancellor at Brunel from 2004 to 2006 with responsibility for graduate studies. His areas of expertise cover the fields of economics, modelling, operation and management of utility networks, and in particular power and wireless networks as well as intelligent systems. He has authored/co-authored five books and over 300 papers, and has successfully supervised more than 30 PhD projects. Professor Song is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the IEEE and the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences.

Professor Hongcai Wu

Former Vice President

Professor Hongcai Wu graduated from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1969 and taught there until 1972. During this time, he took part in training, cooperative research and academic exchanges in the UK and Germany. In 1979, he visited the UK, West Germany, France and Romania as a member of the higher education delegation of China, through the support of UNESCO. From 1988 to 1992, as a consul for education (first secretary) he worked in the Chinese Consulate in Manchester, UK. When he returned to China, he worked at Xi'an Jiaotong University as an academic teaching and research staff member. While there, he took the positions of deputy head of the Electronic Engineering Department, vice-dean of the University's Graduate School, and dean of the School of Electronic and Information Engineering. He is a member of the Academic Committee of Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology, the Electric Engineering Association of China, the Academic Committee of Opto-Electronic Engineering, the Optical Engineering Association of China, the China Acceleration Association, the Nuclear Association of Shaanxi Province. He has also been deputy director of the Electronic Association of Shaanxi Province, deputy director of the Intellectual Economic Association of Shaanxi Province, a member of the Consultant Committee of Information Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1998-2002), and an international member of AAAS (USA) and the New York Academy of Science, USA.

Professor Jeremy Simon Smith

Former Vice President

Professor Jeremy Smith graduated from University of Liverpool and was awarded his PhD Degree in 1990. Since then he has taken teaching positions as a lecturer, senior lecture, reader and professor. In 2006, he became the academic dean at XJTLU. He has a rich experience in teaching management and has been involved for many years in teaching digital electronics, digital electronics system design and programme engineering. He has integrated modern technical development into his own research and started many new academic modules at the University of Liverpool. His academic research interests include the development of vision-based sensors and control systems to be used in advanced robotic systems for automated welding and other manufacturing processes, the development of advanced digital systems based upon SOPC devices and parallel processing systems, and the development of neural network and fuzzy logic techniques to allow the fusion of data from a number of sensors to provide control information. Other areas of research include the development of a networking system based upon the CAN bus, the development of robotic manipulator controllers, and the development of an advanced remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) requiring the integration of vision and manipulator systems along with sophisticated navigation techniques.

Professor David Sadler

Former Vice President

Professor David Sadler was appointed vice president (academic affairs) at XJTLU in May 2010. Before he took office, he was acting executive pro vice-chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, dean of the Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies, and head of the Department of Geography at the University of Liverpool. Professor Sadler studied geography at the University of Durham and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1986. Following his degree studies he became a lecturer and a reader in geography at the University of Durham. In 2002, he was appointed professor of economic geography at the University of Liverpool. He is now a member of the University of Liverpool Management School. Professor Sadler was editor of European Urban and Regional Studies from 1994 to 2008 and has published six books and more than 100 reports and papers in major journals. His management expertise covers university governance and strategic planning. He was a member of the University Strategic Management Team and chair of the Faculty Management Group at the University of Liverpool.

Professor Jianhua Wang

Former Director of the Board

Professor Jianhua Wang gained his bachelors degree in electrical engineering in 1978 from Xi'an Jiaotong University, where he received his masters and PhD degrees in 1981 and 1985 respectively. Since 1992 he has been a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Xi'an Jiaotong University. His research fields include high voltage vacuum switch-gear, CAD and CAM technology in electrical apparatus, and intelligence devices in power equipment. Professor Wang has been the chair of Xi'an Jiaotong University Council since 2003 and is the vice-chair of the Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering and chair of the Chinese Special Committee of Intelligence Device and System in Electrical Equipment. He is the director of a state key laboratory in electrical insulation and power equipment.

Sir Howard Newby

Former Vice-Chairman of the Board

Sir Howard Newby was appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool in August 2008. He previously served as vice-chancellor of the University of the West of England. Before that he was chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (2001-2006) and president of Universities UK (1999-2001). He was vice-chancellor of the University of Southampton from 1994 until 2001, and chairman (1988-1994) and chief executive (1994) of the Economic and Social Research council (ESRC). Sir Howard was awarded a CBE in 1995 for his services to social science and a knighthood in 2000 for his services to higher education. He studied for his bachelors and PhD degrees at the University of Essex. Following his degree studies he became a lecturer and senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex. In 1979, he was appointed professor of sociology and rural sociology at the University of Wisconsin, before returning to Essex as professor of sociology in 1983. As an active researcher, he has created a substantial portfolio of co-authored books and papers.

Professor André Brown

Former vice president

Professor André Brown brought his extensive experience in academic governance and leadership to the role of vice president for academic affairs at XJTLU from 2014 to 2017. Prior to joining XJTLU he was the head of the School of Architecture and associate dean in the Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies at the University of Liverpool. He was also Head of Combined Honours for four years reflecting his enthusiasm and support for a wide range of disciplines and inter-disciplinary study. Professor Brown’s research and teaching has focussed on innovative technologies in architecture and related fields. He has published books on smart cities and key technological innovators, such as Peter Rice, plus more than 100 papers in the field. He has won international awards for his research-related work. He maintains a strong link to his professional industry - he was president of the European Organisation for Research and Education in the Field of Digital Architecture and is currently editor in chief of the International Journal of Architectural Computing, which has become a key journal in the field.

​Professor Barry Godfrey

Former vice president

​Professor Barry Godfrey joined XJTLU in August 2017 as vice president for academic affairs. He held a PhD in Social History from University of Leicester since 1997 and has over twenty years of experience in teaching and research. Professor Godfrey began his academic career at Keele University, joining in 1995 as a junior lecturer and leaving as professor of criminology and director of research in 2011. Since joining the University of Liverpool, he has continued his research in comparative criminology, particularly international crime history; desistence studies; and longitudinal studies of offending, and became faculty lead for research, later associate pro vice-chancellor (research and impact) for Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Liverpool. Professor Godfrey’s major theoretical contribution has been to apply biographical methods to historical data to answer modern criminological questions. The results of several externally-funded projects have been published by Oxford University Press, and he will publish his seventeenth book this year. Currently he is leading the Digital Panopticon, which is a major collaboration between the universities of Liverpool, Oxford, Sheffield, Sussex and Tasmania. Professor Godfrey has established research and teaching collaborations with leading international universities, and led the launch of a new thriving teaching venture in Singapore in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Technology.



Professor Wang earned his bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Harbin Institute of Technology. He has held a number of senior academic positions, including vice president of Harbin Institute of Technology. In 1999 he was appointed as director of the Science and Technology Department of Heilongjiang Province, while from 2002 to 2014 he was president of the Harbin Institute of Technology, and a representative at the 10th, 11th and 12th National People's Congress. Professor Wang’s research has focussed on the fields of robot autonomous control theory, sensor technology, space robot technology, medical robot systems, medical equipment and instruments, biomedical image processing, and computer-aided medical technology.