15 years since our establishment, XJTLU has developed three education models coined as XJTLU 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, respectively, that have enabled the university to make an meaningful impact on education in both China and around the world.

XJTLU 1.0 (Implemented in 2006 when the university was first established)

  • Intention of the Strategy

To help innovate and upgrade the traditional mode of education; explore new models of education that can groom international specialized elites.

  • Introduction of the Model

Our efforts in the exploration of future educational model, build-up of network structure of knowledge organisations, cultivation of relationship between the university and the society, and the mission of exerting a strong influence on the development of education in China and the world have received critical acclaim and wide recognition both domestically and internationally. In this so-called XJTLU model 1.0, we learn the wisdom from both the Chinese and Western cultures. XJTLU takes reference from the flexibility offered by the American education, the emphasis on having a robust quality control system stemmed from the British system, and the focus on building fundamentals commonly seen in the Chinese system. We then integrate those key features into a new educational and quality control system that centers around the needs of students, by focusing on guiding interests, learning proactively, cultivating capabilities, integrating knowledge, and improving overall quality.

  • Achievements

XJTLU Student Competition for Research-led Learning

  • Future Outlook

The XJTLU 1.0 model has gradually matured after 15 years of trials. Looking forward, the university will continue to build upon the philosophies of the Syntegrative Education model to innovate and upgrade XJTLU 1.0, refining and optimizing an education model that aims to foster international specialized elites with industry expertise.

XJTLU 2.0 (The Second Decade Plan since the establishment of the university in 2017)

  • Intention of the Strategy

Establishment of the Syntegrative Education to groom international industry talents, by connecting business leaders and combining social resources.

  • Introduction of the Model

With the imminent arrival of a digital, AI and robotics-enabled era, XJTLU looked far into the future, by continuing to strengthen our existing educational model 1.0, while launching an entirely new model in 2017 known as Syntegrative Education (SE) to deliver international industry experts, with the ability to use AI and robotic technologies to lead future industry development. This is what we refer to as XJTLU 2.0. We strengthened the robustness of our literacy education and deployed the Industry and Enterprise Tailored Education Programme (XJTLU 2.1) to improve knowledge in relevant industry sectors. In addition, we established the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) (or XJTLU 2.2), where we carefully selected a series of disciplines that are expected to have a meaningful impact on human development, and launched various industry-focused academic programs through strong partnerships with reputable domestic and international companies within these sectors. By improving literacy skills and technical expertise, in particular sector knowledge for students, they were able to develop a very strong command of integration skills, creativity, a willingness to explore, and the ability to manage and maneuver the tools available to them.

  • Achievements

Industry and Enterprise Tailored Education

XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang)

  • Future Outlook

The XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) is scheduled to open in 2021, with a total student body of 7,000, gradually reaching 10,000 in the future. The Syntegrative Education programme will work closely with our industry partners to set the overall vision and missions for each industry schools, and jointly collaborate on developing course curriculum, with the latter involving closely throughout the training process. The goal is enable the schools to stay current with company and sector developments, create an academic, research, training, entrepreneurial and industry platform that can help train forward-looking, international syntegrative talents with leadership potentials and industry expertise.

XJTLU 3.0 (Originated and launched in 2018)

  • Intention of the strategy

Integrating education with society, leveraging on resources from all sides, and creating an innovative education ecosystem.

  • Introduction of the Model

XJTLU 3.0 began with the establishment of the XIPU New Era Development Research Institute in May of 2018. The goal is to leverage on XJTLU’s platform, partner with governments, international industry and finance coalitions, combine social resources to create various globalized education and innovation ecosystems. Established in November, 2020, The healthcare-focused XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy, based in the Yangtze River Delta region is a flagship project under XJTLU 3.0.

In the 3.0 version, the university will redefine its social functions, by acting as the catalyst and connector between the school and society to create a new educational ecosystem that promotes the pursuit of interests, lifetime learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship, covering areas including fundamental education, new vocational education, as well as technology and management upgrade. XJTLU 3.0 employs two growth models: Academy (XJTLU 3.1) (such as the XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy, XJTLU-JITRI Academy of Industrial Technology, Academy of Future Education, Academy of Film and Creative Technology), and Innovation and Education College (XJTLU 3.2) (for example, XIPU Innovation and Education College (GBA)).

  • Achievements

XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy

XJTLU-JITRI Academy of Industrial Technology

Academy of Future Education

Academy of Film and Creative Technology

  • Future Outlook

To accelerate the implementation of XJTLU 3.0, we will establish XJTLU Syntegrative Colleges in line with China’s national strategies and market needs, as well as XJTLU Innovation and Education Colleges in different regions.

To support the effective running of XJTLU 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 models, on May 22nd, 2020, XJTLU launched the XJTLU Learning Mall, a support platform that draws on first-rate global educational resources and integrates online and offline operations, creating a multi-faceted learning environment that spans across regions, age groups, level of education, and interests.

The interaction between XJTLU educational exploration (including fundamental education, new vocational training, and impact of education) and the different models are illustrated in the diagram below:


Our efforts in exploring various educational models are guided by the University’s mission statement, vision and philosophies. The impact of such efforts will continue to grow as we progress through XJTLU model 1.0, 2.0 to 3.0.

The bottom of the triangle is the cornerstone and foundation of the development of XJTLU. The middle layer is the educational ecosystem through which XJTLU continues to integrate with the society. Through partnerships and collaborations, the ecosystem continues to innovate, expand and strengthen, so as to promote the reform and innovation of the entire value chain including kindergarten, primary and secondary school, vocational education and higher education. At the top of the triangle is the core mission of XJTLU – embark on the journey of developing the appropriate educational philosophies and optimal models of running an institution that meet the future demands of our society, with XJTLU 3.0 as an example, directing the path forward for educational reform in China and future development in the field of education globally, ultimately promoting the advancement of civilization.

The dashed lines around the XJTLU Learning Mall illustrate the high-quality global resources it is able to attract, and its role to support individuals, within and outside of XJTLU, to achieve their lifetime learning goals and new way of life, driven by interests across time zones, regions, and ages.