Education Leadership Excellence Programme 2017


Programe Background

With the development of economic and social transformation, the reform of globalisation, knowledge economy, and Internet technology has raised new challenges for university education. Traditional universities that focus on teacher centered talent cultivation model are undertaking severe change. Universities all over the world should reflect on the value of university education. The Double world-class university Reform and Development Plan has put innovation of talent-cultivation model reform on the top of agenda. Moreover, it has been claimed as an approach to improve undergraduate education quality and further to promote entrepreneurship education in recent years. Universities at different levels have raised strategies and plans to propel the education reform. In particular, university leaders are in urgent need of responding to the following questions: What kind of talents should be cultivated by education? How to achieve universities’ educational goal? How does management system support its educational goals?

Under such circumstances, the Institute of Leadership of Education Advanced Development (ILEAD) will organise the Education Leadership Excellence Program to support university leaders to deal with the challenges based on XJTLU’s own education exploration. Based on the student-centered educational philosophy, the program will be categorised into four modules: Reflection and restructuring of university values, organisational reform and management, transformation leadership, student-centered educational system. Education practitioners, renowned scholars, experts and university leaders will be invited to explore education innovation not only in XJTLU but also from other Chinese universities, and to have an in-depth discussion about education reform strategy and plans through short-term high impact training and long-term support.

Programme Objectives

Education Leadership Excellence Program is a pioneering program for senior university leaders who wish to:

  • Re-examine the connotation and value of university
    Have an in-depth discussion about the global challenges and trends in higher education. Inspire participants to rethink the value of higher education, to explore the student-centered education philosophy based on XJTLU’s own education practice.
  • Systematically reflection on student-centered talent cultivation model and exploration
    Analyze key elements and best practice of talent cultivation model from both theory and practice. Discuss with other participants about the generally feasible approaches to realize talent cultivation model in practice, improve education quality.
  • Enhancing team leadership and change management capabilities
    To create space of dialogue and communication for the participants, with a focus on the challenges faced by organisations and leaders in the era of reforms. To discuss the role university leaders and managers should play in the organisational change to foster the strategy planning, resource integration, and regulation establishment in terms of university reforms, so as to enhance the university governance.
  • Assist and involve in the establishment of student-centered educational system
    Establish one-on-one long-term support mechanism with the partnership universities, to assess the degree of support for students to learn and grow, identify the student-centered education system of the weak link, through study or consultancy to help participate in colleges and universities to build to students as the center of system framework and carry out the strategic action, the transformation of from education concept to reform practice

Core Modules

Module One Reshaping Higher Education

  • Disruptive challenges for university education
  • Student learning and development
  • Student centered education philosophy

Module Two Institutional Reform and Change

  • Root cause, objective systems, and strategies
  • Process of implementing change
  • How to establish management system to support organizational change

Module Three Change Management

  • The role and value as university leaders and managers
  • Strategy and tactics to propel reform and change
  • Leadership capability

Module Four Student-Centered Education Model

  • Student centred learning and teaching, and extracurricular activity system
  • Discussion of how to establish student centred education reform consulting

Targeting Audience

Senior leaders from higher education institutes and affiliated organizations. Strongly suggest that institution and affiliation leaders to form a group of 3-6 participants to attend this program with expected overall number of 40 participants to guarantee the effect of the seminar.

Guest Speakers

  • Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
  • Professor Shou Chen, Member of Standing Committee and Vice President of Hunan University
  • Professor Jinghuan Shi, Dean of Tsinghua University institute of education
  • Professor Minzhu Yang, Vice President of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


Keynote speech, case study, seminar, high end forums, group discussion


Institute of Leadership and Education Advanced Development, Xi’an Jiantong-Liverpool University

Registration and Information

Please go to ILEAD official website to register by October 27, 2017.

For registration consultation please contact Xin Sun, [email protected]; 0512-81883298.

For issues relating to the event content, you may also contact: Wen Yin, [email protected]; 0512-88161916.

Organisers will inform you within a week after the successful registration by email for confirmation. Seats will be reserved on first come first serve basis.

About us

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University was founded in the context of these profound changes occurring in global higher education. A cornerstone of XJTLU’s grand mission is to explore new models of higher education of China and even the world, in order to promote education reform and development. In only ten years, XJTLU has become recognized throughout China for its educational philosophy, educational model, managerial approach and internationalization.

The Institute of Leadership and Education Advanced Development (ILEAD) aims to conduct distinctive and high-level research in leadership and education, both of which have been greatly challenged on a national and international scale. ILEAD also hosts the Leadership Excellence Program and the Teaching Staff Training course, helping staff from XJTLU and other universities, both domestic and overseas, to exploit the new model for Higher Education in order to meet the demands of the new era.

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