XJTLU in the Media in October

October 28, 2021

During the past month, XJTLU was mentioned in media reports from outlets China Youth Daily, China Education Daily, Yangtse Evening Post, Modern Express, Xinhua Daily, JSTV, and Suzhou Daily. Researchers from XJTLU have also been included in stories and sought for comment in English-language media outlets including The Conversation and Science. Topics included opening ceremony speech, scientific achievements, students’ and teachers’ stories, campus life, and external communications.

1. Opening Ceremony Speech


Headline: Sino-foreign University Executive President: “Let’s begin the exciting journey of a lifetime”
Published on: 16 September 2021

Summary: Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, quoted Drew Gilpin Faust, the 28th President of Harvard University, at the opening ceremony: “A university is not about results in the next quarter; it is not even about who a student has become by graduation. It is about learning that molds a lifetime, learning that transmits the heritage of millennia; learning that shapes the future.”


2. Scientific Achievements


Headline: Novel transmission line boosts integrated circuit performance
Published on: 13 October 2021

Summary: Shenjian Zhang, a recent graduate from the School of Advanced Technology at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, proposed a new transmission-line design characterised by a multi-layer air gap. Transmission lines, in an integrated circuit, are responsible for transferring signals between circuits. Incorporating the air-gap design can make these lines more efficient by reducing energy dissipation. The new transmission line also comes in a compact structure, meaning it can be applied to more advanced, smaller chips. The news was also reported by JSTV.



Headline: Breaking the barriers to photosynthesis, the rate of artificial starch synthesis is 8.5 times that of plant manufacturing
Published on: 13 October 2021

Summary: In recent years, universities and research institutes in Jiangsu have made continuous achievements in synthetic biology. Students from the Department of Biological Sciences of Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University have constructed a complex biological system by implanting basic gene modules into cells, providing a new treatment method for Staphylococcus aureus infection in the intestines.


3.Students’ and Teachers’ Stories



Headline: XJTLU team was awarded the gold prize at the Seoul International Garden Show
Published on: 23 October 2021

Summary: The Pink Island, a show garden designed by a team from XJTLU Design Research Centre, was awarded the gold prize out of 80 entries worldwide at the Seoul International Garden Show 2020. SIGS is an international festival held annually in South Korea by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to spread the culture and new trends on garden design with around 800,000 visitors every year.

The news was also reported by Xinhua Daily and Yangtse Evening Post.



Headline: Innovations saves the planet! XJTLU students awarded at XPRIZE
Published on: 27 September 2021

Summary: Students from the School of Advanced Technology of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University won the Excellence Award at the “XPRIZE Carbon Removal” competition.

The news was also reported by Suzhou Daily and 2500sz.com.



Headline: XJTLU team won the third prize at "Zui Jiangnan" Rural House Design Competition
Published on: 20 October 2021

Summary: The village service centre "Under one roof" designed by students from XJTLU Design Research Centre won the third prize at the “Zui Jiangnan" Rural House Design Competition in Suzhou.

The news was also reported by JNTimes, Modern Express, and 2500sz.com.


4. Campus Life



Headline: China held Responsible Management Education Research Conference for the first time
Published on: 22 October 2021

Summary: The 8th Responsible Management Education Research Conference was held at XJTLU from 19 to 21 October 2021. The main goal was to bring together the responsible management education community and its different stakeholders to address the issues of poverty, prosperity and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in innovative ways.

The news was also reported by Yangtse Evening Post, Suzhou Daily, and JSChina.



Headline: Handcrafts in Suzhou launched on Bilibili
Published on: 22 October 2021

Summary: The documentary Handcrafts in Suzhou held its premiere at the School of Film and TV Arts of Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. The documentary has enabled students to appreciate the charm of Jiangnan culture and intangible cultural heritage.

The news was also reported by City Business, Kansuzhou, and 2500sz.com.


5. External Communication



Headline: 2021 Education Forum for Asia Annual Conference held in Chengdu
Published on: 20 September 2021

Summary: Dr Ellen Touchstone, Associate Dean of Responsible and Sustainable Business Education at XJTLU, attended and spoke at the 2021 Education Forum for Asia Annual Conference.

6. XJTLU in Multi-language Media


Headline: Urgent steps must be taken to save world’s third pole
Published on: 4 October 2021

Summary: Indo-Asian News Service recently interviewed Dr Lingyun Xiao and Dr Li Li from XJTLU virtually. The ecologists talked about their research on the Tibetan Plateau, also known as the world’s “third pole”.

Dr Xiao says the Tibetan Plateau is an important part of biodiversity conservation, and Dr Li believes that “comprehensive biodiversity monitoring programmes are urgently needed in the Tibetan Plateau to understand the status quo.”

The news was also reported by MENAFN.



Headline: Creature that inspired Pikachu is being blamed for an ecological crisis – but it may be innocent
Published on: 4 October 2021

Summary: According to the statistics, half of the meadows on the Tibetan Plateau are at risk of turning into black soil. Local communities often blame the pika, a small, rabbit-like mammal, for grassland degradation. However, Dr Li Li at XJTLU believes that “the key to saving the plateau’s meadows, is not to demonise the pika, but to develop a culturally acceptable solution that both controls this wild mammal’s populations and allows pastoral nomads to continue making a living”.

The news was also reported by QRIUS and The Philippine Star.



Headline: Improved Text Recognition to Aid Modern Life
Published on: 8 October 2021

Summary: Jing Li, a PhD student at XJTLU’s School of Advanced Technology proposed a new method to teach computers to recognise irregular text common in everyday scenarios. Li’s paper was awarded the Best Paper Runner-Up at the 27th International Conference on Neural Information Processing.

Dr Qiufeng Wang, Li’s advisor at XJTLU’s Laboratory of Cognitive Computation and Applied Technology, says: “Li considered the effectiveness of not only the rectification but also the recognition. I believe that this method can help improve scene text recognition.”

Professor Kaizhu Huang, Associate Dean of Research at the School of Advanced Technology, says: “This is one of five paper awards that LCCAT has received in recent years. It represents the recognition from counterparts in China and abroad of LCCAT’s achievement in artificial intelligence and pattern recognition.”



Headline: XJTLU Creates Algorithm that Models Human Visual Perception
Published on: 8 October 2021

Summary: A group of PhD students at XJTLU’s School of Advanced Technology have developed a new algorithm that makes it easier for software to determine the main object in an image.

Siyue Yu, a PhD student, says the algorithm empowers computers to “see”. It can help computers distinguish between the main object of an image and the background more accurately.

The research was presented at the 35th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference. The research project has received funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.



Headline: Biodiversity summit offers China a chance to burnish its environmental credentials
Published on: 8 October 2021

Summary: The United Nations biodiversity conference, known as COP15, was held from 11 to 15 October in Kunming, China. With international travel still uncertain, the meeting was split in two, holding the first part online while putting off the second part until April 2022 when delegates hope to gather in person.

Although air quality in China has improved, “water pollution is not getting any better,” says Professor Johannes Knops, an ecologist at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Facing challenges to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, China hopes to shore up its own biodiversity efforts.



Headline: China’s wildlife food ban is vital for public health and threatened species – our research reveals what must happen next
Published on: 12 October 2021

Summary: In February 2020, China issued a ban on eating wild meat and the related trade. It aims to close loopholes in existing legislation, which was last amended in 2016 and is being revised again now.

Dr Lingyun Xiao, a field ecologist at XJTLU, says the ban “is a useful, short-term stop gap, but must now be backed up by updated, evidence-based legislation and regulation for the future”.



Headline: These projects to be completed soon!
Published on: 13 October 2021

Summary: Ourjiangsu recently featured the U-shaped buildings of XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang). The College covers approximately 364,000 square meters and will become a popular photo spot in Jiangsu province.

XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) partners with industry closely. The goal is to stay current with industry trends and to train forward-looking top talents with expertise and leadership.



Headline: XJTLU Robotics Team Scoops 2nd in National Intelligent Car Competition
Published on: 13 October 2021

Summary: Two teams from XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) recently showcased their skills at the iFLYTEK Intelligent Restaurant Session of the 16th National University Students Intelligent Car Race.

Jiashu Zhang, a student enrolled in BEng Data Science and Big Data Technology, says: “Before this competition, I didn’t have any experience writing code. But doing the professional development program gave me new insight.”

Each summer, XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) holds a five-week Professional Development Programme for its Year One, Two and Three students. The programme includes technical training, workshops, corporate visits, team projects and demonstrations.



Headline: How does national culture affect the adoption of learning technology?
Published on: 14 October 2021

Summary: Three researchers, Na Li and Dr Xiaojun Zhang from XJTLU and Dr Maria Limniou at the University of Liverpool, recently published an article on Virtual Learning Environment adoption.

Based on their research, there are four ways to overcome cultural obstacles in VLE adoption: enhance teacher development in high power-distance cultures; build inclusive communities of practice in low-masculinity cultures; develop digital competence in low uncertainty avoidance culture, and improve infrastructure and support in short-term-oriented culture.

By Xinmin Han
Edited by Patricia Pieterse

October 28, 2021


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