PRINCIPAL, XJTLU ENTREPRENEUR COLLEGE (TAICANG)
BOARD MEMBER AND EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT, XJTLU
PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, XI'AN JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY
Professor Youmin Xi, board member and executive president of XJTLU and pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool, was the first person in mainland China to be awarded a doctoral degree in the field of management engineering in 1987. In 1993, he became the youngest supervisor of PhD candidates in management engineering in China. His research and teaching areas cover leadership and strategic management, decision-making and decision support systems, organisational behaviour and policy analysis, and educational management.
He established HeXie theory in 1987, and with his research team extended it into HeXie management theory, an indigenous theory widely recognised in academic circles. In 2016, he proposed a new education model coined Syntegrative Education (SE), and led the exploration and implementation of three forms of SE, namely, Industry Enterprise Tailored Education (SE-IETE), Entrepreneurship College (SE-EC) in Taicang and Innovation Entrepreneurship Community (SE-IEC). These explorations have epoch-making significance for the reform and transformation of China's higher education landscape.
Professor Xi sits on a variety of national-level boards and holds a wide range of titles, including Chairperson of the Business Administration Education Steering Commission under the Ministry of Education, Rotating Chairman of Chinese Academy of Management, and Vice President of the Chinese Institute of Business Administration. He has successfully supervised more than 200 masters and PhD students, while as an author or co-author has published more than 300 academic papers and 30 books.