Research priorities and strategy

XJTLU aspires to be a leading research-led university that combines a strong international profile with an unswerving commitment to the economic and social development of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province and China.

Research

Priorities

XJTLU has identified the following research themes that reflect the nature and capacity of our university and our commitment to inter-disciplinarity:

  • Energy futures: social and technological choices
  • Living in the digital age: human-computer interaction, design, social networks
  • Finance, risk and hazard management
  • Sustainable urbanisation
  • Health technologies in society
  • Emerging economies
  • Diagnostic markers, therapeutic targets, and drug discovery
  • Languages, communication and culture
  • Nanotechnology and new materials.

Strategy

XJTLU aims to bring together the best practice from its parent universities, Xi’an Jiaotong University and the University of Liverpool, and aspires to be a leading research-led university that combines a strong international profile with an unswerving commitment to the economic and social development of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province and China.

At the core of its five-year research strategy XJTLU will concentrate on:

  • developing research programmes
  • setting up a research infrastructure
  • strengthening research activities
  • nurturing a spirit of enterprise
  • facilitating the generation of intellectual property
  • promoting knowledge transfer.

The University's research strategy commits to developing the physical and cultural environment necessary to build on its own and its parent universities’ current strengths. XJTLU aims to establish an international profile based on world-class, cutting-edge research and to provide a framework for action through sharply focussed key research themes and centres.

XJTLU will orientate itself towards applied research, aiming to enhance Suzhou Industrial Park’s research infrastructure and gain crucial support from local government. The University is also well positioned as a bridge for Sino-British research collaboration, serving both as a portal for research talents entering China and a showcase for local research potential to the world at large.

XJTLU’s research strategy is kept under active review and evolves together with the development of academic programmes. It will be measured by its feasibility, focus and sustainability.