Publishing the Leadership Agenda has become a regular practice for XJTLU to encourage institutional strategic thinking, develop a shared vision for the university community and expound on key development themes for the upcoming academic year to guide our operation.
The following Leadership Agenda is proposed for AY2021/22, consolidated from the input of all academic departments/schools and professional service centres, reviewed by the Senior Management Team and approved by the Board of Directors.
The advantages and value of our strategic blueprint ‘XJTLU Version 2.0’ have been proven by our success in previous years. To align with our previous strategic goals, to face up to all uncertainties in the post-pandemic era, and to make XJTLU truly ‘University of the Future’, we will endeavor to implement our strategic blueprint of ‘XJTLU Version 3.0’, which in general and short means the University will play a catalyst and glue role to develop educational and innovative ecosystem by partnering with governments, industrial partners, communities and other kinds of related institutions.
The strategic goals of the ‘XJTLU Version 3.0’ are stated as follows:
- To build XJTLU as a reputable educational brand
- To promote and implement our philosophy and ideology of education
- To build and share global intellectual networks and resources
- To develop geographically-distributed themed learning, innovation & entrepreneurship centres of excellence
- To construct symbiotic educational and innovative ecosystem
- Social Services & Regional Impact
- Influence on Higher Education
The University will continue to enhance its undergraduate education excellence especially by taking hybrid of online and on campus education as the new context, through rigorous teaching quality assurance, new frameworks for undergraduate teaching, enhanced curriculum and a wider base of education options for students. In addition, the University will continue to prioritise the growth of postgraduate education (especially PhD education).
Diversified education models will be explored/developed to align with the overarching strategy: the SIP Campus will continue to enhance the education model for “professional elites with industry background”; the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) will explore the education model for “industry elites with professional foundation”; and the University will actively collaborate with the governments and the enterprises to pioneer the education model for ‘professionals with industry background & competence in the age of digital intelligence’.
In addition, it is imperative that we boost the development of the XJTLU Learning Mall in AY2021/22 to foster a culture of life-long learning, and an experience that is tailor-made, innovative and driven by interests. The Learning Mall aims to integrate online and on-campus education in the post-pandemic era, by drawing from our vast global network of online education resources and research achievements and the physical campus facilities of XJTLU.
The University will accelerate the pace to build an internationally-recognised reputation for research excellence, by boosting the development of university research and innovative platforms such as the university-industry cooperative academies, appointing an increased numbers of professors as leaders of research excellence, and exploring effective research incentives (nationally and internationally with partners), in order to achieve XJTLU’s aspiration to become a world-leading research-led university.
The University has established itself as a key stakeholder and contributor of the region (Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou City and beyond), and will continue to strengthen its collaborations with all sectors of the society to build new communities featuring sharing and symbiosis. Concreate links and enhanced social impact will be achieved by the development of new academies, the Think Tank and other research and innovative platforms.
As stated in its mission, the University will continue to positively influence the higher education sector and drive the exploration for new models, with the support of the Ministry of Education. The work for AY2021/22 will focus on sharing the best practices of XJTLU, collaborating with other institutions and driving the behavioural changes of the higher education participants. In addition, XJTLU considers education from a life-long perspective, and will continue with its explorations to positively influence the primary and secondary education.
CORE SUPPORTING THEMES
- Student Recruitment & Support
- Organization & People Development
- Campus Facility Development
- Information Management
XJTLU will continue to accelerate its process of internationalisation in the post-pandemic era. The pandemic has undeniably dealt a significant blow to internationalisation efforts of universities. However, it is clear that the rapid development of digital technologies will also help universities overcome the setback in the near term through a growing reliance of online education, while simultaneously reshaping the future of education and international collaborations.
The University expects to make significant progress in international student and staff recruitment in AY2021/22, by exploring the potential for developing new strategic markets and partnership networks, enhancing recruitment processes, reviewing the scholarship system, exploring the more flexible or mixed education system, and ensuring the attractiveness of our programmes and international mobility to international students worldwide.
The University will continuously commit itself to recruiting talented students who echo the University’s core values, and will provide its students with every opportunity to meet or go their potential. The work of AY2021/22 will focus on: increasing annual student intake numbers, strengthening domestic marketing and communications for student recruitment; and enhancing academic, career and resources support for students including alumni.
The University will continue to optimise its organisation structure and governance to improve operation effectiveness and efficiency in AY2021/22 by sharing the experience of school operation as well as centres.
The University regards its staff, both faculty and professional service staff, as core assets of the University, and will endeavor to align staff career development with the growth of the organisation.
With the construction of the South Campus completed, the University will focus on upgrading the facility management expertise in AY2021/22, to make the campus a safe, dynamic and environmentally-friendly academic community.
The University will also actively negotiate with the governments, with regard to the focused initiatives (see next Section), for support in campus facility development.
The University recognises information as one of its key assets, and will boost the information infrastructure and management platform development in AY2021/22.
FOCUSED INITIATIVES – DEVELOPMENT OF ACADEMIES
In AY2021/22, XJTLU will focus on the development of new academies as key and initial projects of ‘XJTLU Version 3.0’, including the Academy of Pharmacy (launched in Nov 2020), the Academy of Education (launched in May 2021), the Academy of Media and Creative Technologies (launched in May 2021) and other new academies/initiatives to be launched.