During the past month, XJTLU has been mentioned in several media reports from outlets including CCTV, China Youth Daily, China Science Daily, Jiangsu TV Station, Suzhou Daily, China Daily Net, The Paper, China News Net and Sina.

Topics included XJTLU’s launch of its new Academy of Pharmacy, internationalisation, and higher education in a post-Covid-19 world, higher education exploration, scientific achievements and campus life.

Representatives from XJTLU have also been included in stories or sought for comment in a number of English-language media outlets including the Associated Press, The Telegraph, SupChina, That’s magazines, Shanghai Daily and China Jiangsu Website.

1. Internationalisation

CCTV CHANNEL 4:

Headline: “Homeland Dreamland”: Episode 22 – Suzhou and Jinji Lake

Summary: On 24 November, XJTLU was part of a documentary featuring Suzhou Industrial Park, shot by China Central Television and shown on CCTV Channel 4. From Liverpool in the UK to Suzhou in China, a canal boat connects the two waterside cities, bringing together diverse cultures. XJTLU, as a young Sino-foreign cooperative university, has brought a new culture to Suzhou.

2. XJTLU launches new Academy of Pharmacy

XINHUA NEWS AGENCY:

Headline: XJTLU and Suzhou Industrial Park jointly establish XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy


Summary: On 11 November, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University launched its new XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy and held the first Suzhou biomedicine "Hui" forum.

Xinhua News Agency reported on 13 November that XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy, jointly established by XJTLU and Suzhou Industrial Park, aims to enable strong partnerships with government and industry to incubate a world-class biopharmaceutical innovation ecosystem and help Suzhou create a landmark for globe-leading biopharmaceutical work.

This news was also reported by China Youth Daily, China Science Daily, China Daily, China National Radio, Guizhou Daily, The Paper, Jiangsu TV Station, Xinhua Daily, Modern Express, Yangtse Evening Post, Jiangnan Times, Suzhou City Post, Suzhou Daily, China Education Online, China News Net, JS China, Lizhi Net, Our Jiangsu, Suzhou Broadcasting System, Suzhou Education TV station, Suzhou Broadcasting System – Kan0512, WeChat official account of SIP Government Information Office, WeChat official account of Dushu Lake Science and Education District Government Information Office, Innovative City Marvelous SIP, China Net, Xinhua Newspaper Net, China Changzhou net, Suzhou News Net and Netease.

XINHUA DAILY:

Headline: The establishment of XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy helps Suzhou create a world-class biopharmaceutical landmark

YANGTSE EVENING NEWS:

Headline: The establishment of XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy helps Suzhou create a world-class biopharmaceutical landmark

JIANGNAN TIMES:

Headline: The establishment of XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy helps Suzhou create a world-class biopharmaceutical landmark

SUZHOU DAILY:

Headline: The establishment of XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy helps Suzhou create a world-class biopharmaceutical landmark

SUZHOU BROADCASTING SYSTEM - SUZHOU NEWS

Headline: Suzhou "No.1 industry" to add new functions, XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy established

3. Higher education in a post-Covid-19 world

CHINA YOUTH DAILY:

Headline: Professor Youmin Xi: The general trend towards internationalisation of education will not change

Summary: Challenges and opportunities of higher education in a post-Covid-19 world was the theme of the 2020 XJTLU Communications and Media Reception held at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University on 11 November. Speakers also shared their stories about educational reforms and thoughts for the future of education from different perspectives, as well as presenting the latest achievements and progress of XJTLU's Syntegrative Education.

This news was also reported by China Education Television, China Science Daily, China Daily, Guangxi Daily, Jiangnan Times, Yangtse Evening Post, Xinhua Daily, JS China, Sohu Net, Sina and Netease News.

4.Higher education exploration

CHINA SCIENCE DAILY:

Headline: The 6th China Action Learning Forum was held to promote the integration of industry and education through action learning and seek development through innovation

Summary: On 14 November, China Science Daily reported on the 6th China Action Learning Forum, where participants shared experiences and ideas on action learning, promoting the integration of industry with education.

The event, held at the East China University of Science and Technology over the weekend and organised by the university’s School of Business, attracted both online and offline participants.

Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, shared experiences about XJTLU’s Syntegrative Education. “In Syntegrative Education, learning includes three aspects – learning, development and all-round growth,” he said. “It also includes five periods – integrated learning, reflective recognition, exploratory integration, interest-driven accumulation and mind upgrading.”

This news was also reported by China National Radio, Xinhua net, Shanghai Science and Technology and Shanghai Morning Post.

EDUCATOR:

Headline: Education research| University transformation must break through the fetters

Summary: On 25 November, Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President of XJTLU, published an opinion article in Educator Magazine. He said that in an era of reshaping education, if colleges and universities want to solve problems related to management, technologies and systems, they should innovate in the areas of school structures, educational concepts and teaching methods or risk being and eliminated and replaced.

CHINA NET:

Headline: XJTLU IBSS: 6Q Governance International Project Management courses launched


Summary: On 20 October, China Net reported that XJTLU’s International Business School Suzhou has launched 6Q Governance International Project Management courses.

IBSS, which integrates cutting-edge theories and practices of the East and West, is pioneering in China new courses that incorporate the latest concepts of international project management. 6Q Governance™ was developed from 19 years of academic research.

This news was also reported by Dongfang Net.

5. Scientific achievements

XINHUA DAILY:

Headline: New model solves problem of isoform ambiguity

Summary: On 17 November, Xinhua Daily reported that a new statistical model developed at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University aims to solve the problem of isoform ambiguity related to RNA modifications.

The paper, published on 2 November in the leading journal Bioinformatics, reveals how the MetaTX model enables isoform-specific allocation of RNA modifications.

This news was also reported by Yangtse Evening Post, Suzhou Daily, Sohu News and Sina Net.

6. Teachers’ stories

SUZHOU TRAFFIC RADIO:

Headline: A Doctoral supervisor’s "Study Tour in Jiang Village" - Miaotou village, I’m coming!

Summary: On 16 November, Suzhou Traffic Radio covered the study tour of XJTLU doctoral supervisor Dr Bing Chen in Jiang Village. Dr Bing Chen was invited by Suzhou Broadcasting System.

This news was also reported by Xinhua News Agency, Yangshipin, Sohu News and Tencent Net.

7. Campus life

SUZHOU BROADCASTING SYSTEM:

Headline: The gym becomes an examination room! The examination room of this university in Suzhou is quite grand

Summary: Suzhou Broadcasting System’s news report on 5 November focused on XJTLU’s use of the gymnasium as an examination room, not only saving the school's site resources and human resources, but also helping students begin to adapt to the atmosphere and culture of foreign schools.

8. English (and other language) media highlights

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:

Headline: XJTLU launches new Academy of Pharmacy

Summary: On 6 November, the Associated Press reported that Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University will launch its new XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy on 11 November 2020.

“The biopharmaceutical industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors worldwide,” says Dr Yimin Ding, Vice President of XJTLU. “It is also an exciting industry – with the development of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology, there’s a lot of opportunity for cross-discipline cooperation in the field.”

This news was also reported in English by Market Watch, Myanmar Photo News, TechSlack, Yahoo, About Ipwe, Intell Asia, Canadian Insider, Me News, Seeking Alpha, Finanzen.Net, Morning Star, BioSpectrum, Dek-D, ScholarShip and Eduzones in Thai and Scholae, Kabar Kampus and Kompas.com in Indonesian.

THE TELEGRAPH:

Headline: Beekeepers plant invasive goldenrod because of online misinformation, study warns


Summary: On 19 November, The Telegraph reported that an international group of researchers have tracked the progress around the world of tips on planting and caring for Solidago canadenisis, also known as Canada goldenrod, which is native to the US but invasive in other parts of the world. According to the study, beekeepers are importing the invasive goldenrod plant after falling for fake news on social media about scientifically unsupported health benefits of goldenrod honey.

Co-author Professor Johannes Knops of Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, said: “(Invasive goldenrod) has a major effect on ecosystems, reducing the number of plant types and impacting the insects, birds and animals that depend on those plants for habitat and food.

SUP CHINA:

Headline: How Covid-19 has — and hasn’t —changed Chinese students’ plans for international education

Summary: In a world upended by the Covid-19 pandemic, Chinese students are rethinking their education choices. And the decisions they made this year are bound to have far-reaching implications not only for universities in foreign countries, but also for higher education in China, where some say systemic reform is long overdue. A journalist from Sup China talked with Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President of XJTLU, and Yajing Liu, Jingyi Lin and Chuanxi Wang, students from XJTLU, to learn their feelings about the topic.

THAT’S MAGAZINE:

Headline: Like a Literati: How to Enjoy Suzhou's Gardens

Summary: The historic city of Suzhou in Jiangsu province is famed for the classical garden residences built centuries ago, and according to Dr Yiping Dong of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University’s Department of Architecture and Design, the gardens imitate classic Chinese landscape paintings: rocks represent mountains; ponds represent lakes. To help readers learn more, XJTLU researchers shared tips on how to appreciate Suzhou’s gardens like the literati did hundreds of years ago.

SHANGHAI DAILY:

Headline: University forum takes action on learning

Summary: A forum sharing experiences and ideas on action learning and promoting the integration of industry with education was held at the East China University of Science and Technology on 15 November.

Action learning is an educational approach featuring real problem solving. Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, shared experiences of the university’s Syntegrative Education.

CHINA JIANGSU WEBSITE:

Headline: Suzhou university staff reflect on time 'stuck' abroad

Summary: On 27 November, China Jiangsu Website shared stories of staff from XJTLU who have been “stuck” abroad due to Covid-19 pandemic. Some were able to enter China before border restrictions took effect in March; others were able to return in late summer. Already by the end of August, approximately 80 percent of XJTLU staff had arrived back to Suzhou. Since then, aside from special circumstances, the remainder have trickled back.

By Yunji Tao, Guojuan Wang and Tamara Kaup

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