To become a research-led international university in China and a Chinese university recognised internationally for its unique features in learning and teaching, research, social service, and education management.


  • Educate technical and managerial professionals with international perspectives and competitive capabilities
  • Integrate global economic and social development with expertise in business and technology
  • With our unique focuses and features, conduct research in areas where humanity faces severe challenges
  • Explore new models for higher education that will exert a strong influence on the development of education in China and the world.

XJTLU was fortunate to have been founded at a time of innovation and challenges. The University is committed to the improvement of higher education and the exploration of new models for higher education in China.

Professor Youmin Xi Executive President

Leadership agenda

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 AY2020/21, 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.


  • Education
  • The University will continue to enhance its undergraduate education excellence, through rigorous teaching quality assurance, new frameworks for undergraduate teaching, enhanced curriculum and a wider base of education options for students as well as promoting research-led L&T and new educational technologies. In addition, the University will fully implement the Syntegrative Education, and prioritise the development of postgraduate education (especially PhD education).

  • Research
  • The University will accelerate the pace to build an internationally-recognised reputation for research excellence, by boosting the development of university research platforms, 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.

  • Social Services & Regional Impact
  • 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, by further developing the Think Tank and the Innovation Platforms (International Innovation Hub & the International Technology Transfer Centre).

  • Influence on Higher Education
  • As stated in its mission, the University will continue to positively influence the higher education sector and drive the exploration for new models in H.E., with the support of the Ministry of Education. The work for AY2020/21 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 exploration to positively influence the elementary and secondary education.


  • Internationalisation
  • Internationalisation remains an overarching strategy for XJTLU’s future operations. The University expects to make important enhancements in international student and staff recruitment in AY2020/21, by exploring the potential for developing new strategic markets and partnership networks, enhancing recruitment processes, reviewing the scholarship system, and ensuring the attractiveness of our programmes to international students worldwide. University will strive for the promotion of its international brand by research, educational exploration and networking.

  • Student Recruitment & Support
  • 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 AY2020/21 will focus on: increasing annual student intake numbers and domestic marketing and communications for student recruitment; and enhancing academic, career and resources support for students including alumni.

  • Organization & People Development
  • The University will continue to optimise its organisation structure and governance to improve operation effectiveness and efficiency in AY2020/21, by further implementing the recommendations of the ODP project and restructuring of academic system, such as developing new schools and enhance the old ones.

  • Research Platforms and Support from Government
  • Continue to develop the research centres based on the new programmes in Taicang, with the support from the local government to boost the development of Taicang schools and the academic cooperation between the two campuses in the future. Start the process of negotiation with the Suzhou government to secure the financial support for our research from the city-university programme.

  • Facility Development
  • The University has completed the construction of the South Campus in AY2019/20, with the opening of the School of Film and TV Arts building. With this key milestone to be achieved, the University will continue to upgrade its facility management expertise, with a special focus on sustainable and green practice in AY2020/21, to make the campus a safe, dynamic and environmentally-friendly academic community.

  • Information Management
  • The University recognises information as one of its key assets, and will boost the information infrastructure and management platform development, especially upgrade the usage of XJTLU APP, in AY2020/21.


  • Taicang Campus development
  • AY2020/21 is a crucial year for the Taicang Campus Development. Substantial progress will be made in strategy and operation plan formulation, campus development, student recruitment and programme development.

The XJTLU Annual Leadership Agenda aims to encourage institutional strategic thinking, develop a shared vision for the XJTLU community and provide context for all operational matters and all staff.