During the past month, XJTLU was mentioned in media reports from outlets including China Youth Daily, China Science Daily, Xinhua Daily, Yangtze Evening Post, Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation, JSChina, and Suzhou TV.

Researchers from XJTLU have also been included in stories and sought for comment in English-language media outlets including The Conversation, The Pie News, SupChina, and That’s Shanghai. Topics included cultivating talents, scientific achievements, students’ stories, experts’ insights and campus life.


1. Cultivating Talents



Headline: An experimental field for cultivating industrial talents
Published on: 30 November 2021

Summary: Recently, China Science Daily reported on XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) and interviewed Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Professor Junsong Chen, Dean of the School of Intelligent Finance and Business, Ying Guo, Vice President of Sugon Information Industry Co., Ltd, Jie Peng, a student enrolled in the School of Intelligent Finance and Business, and Dr Xiaojun Zhang, Executive Dean of the Academy of Future Education.

Professor Xi said that XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) focuses on developing industrial talents, who are adaptable, innovative, and equipped with cross-cultural leadership and entrepreneurship. With this strategy, artificial intelligence and robots can only augment human beings, not replace them.

Special thanks to Professor Xi, Professor Chen, Jie Peng, and Dr Zhang.



Headline: Education for industry: Suzhou Industrial Park fosters top talents
Published on: 24 November 2021

Summary: Recently, Suzhou TV reported the university-enterprise cooperation at XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy and interviewed Professor Mu Wang, Executive Dean of the Academy.

Professor Wang said XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy is different from other pharmaceutical schools because doctoral students can choose industry-specific questions as their research topics, and the Academy has built relationships with many enterprises.

“Some companies are concerned about intellectual property (IP) rights,” said Professor Wang. “Our Academy is open-minded and our policies are flexible. In most cases, the proportion of IP rights depends on the individuals’ contribution. Under this principle, we can quickly establish relationships with enterprises, reach agreements on IP rights, and develop more industry-university-research projects.”

Special thanks to Professor Wang and Professor Lei Fu.


2. Scientific Achievements



Headline: XJTLU researchers develop new technology to predict and prevent cybersickness
Published on: 9 December 2021

Summary: Cybersickness is a form of motion sickness caused by a disconnect between what the eyes see and the body feels. Diego Monteiro, a 2021 PhD graduate, and Professor Hai-Ning Liang from the School of Advanced Technology, recently developed a novel prediction technique to identify at which points of a game cybersickness is more likely to occur.

This paper, ‘Using Trajectory Compression Rate to Predict Changes in Cybersickness in Virtual Reality Games’ was presented at the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality.


3. Students’ Stories



Headline: XJTLU students won special prize in China Intelligent Manufacturing Challenge
Published on: 14 December 2021

Summary: Two undergraduate student teams from XJTLU won the special prize in the enterprises category and first prize in the collaborative robots category respectively in the final of the Siemens Cup China Intelligent Manufacturing Challenge 2021.

More than 6,000 student teams across the country attended the challenge. The competition, organised by the Ministry of Education, is the largest national competition in the field of intelligent manufacturing.

This news was also reported by Xinhua Daily, Yangtze Evening Post, and Suzhou Daily.



Headline: XJTLU undergraduate students won a gold medal at iGEM
Published on: 1 December 2021

Summary: Competing against 343 teams from across the world, seven undergraduate students from XJTLU won a gold medal in the final of the 2021 International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM). The University has won three gold medals and two silver medals since 2015.

This news was also reported by Xinhua Daily, Yangtze Evening Post, Suzhou Daily, Suzhou News and Suzhou TV.



Headline: XJTLU presents future architecture ideas at Suzhou Design Week 2021
Published on: 25 November 2021

Summary: On 12 November, Suzhou Design Week 2021 kicked off with the theme Design, City, Future. Academics and students from three universities in Suzhou collaborated and contributed to the event.

The exhibition presented seven student projects from MArch Architectural Design in the Department of Architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. In these projects, the students explored future architectural design in the face of problems such as rising sea levels and rapid urbanisation.

This news was also reported by Suzhou Daily.



Headline: XJTLU Doctoral student’s diagnostic algorithm helps team to 2nd place in an international ophthalmology competition
Published on: 30 November 2021

Summary: Recently, a team of researchers that included Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University PhD student Sifan Song competed against 71 teams from across the world and won second place in the GAMMA Challenge, an international ophthalmology competition.

The challenge was part of the 8th Ophthalmology Medical Image Analysis Seminar (OMIA8), which is one of the key events in the field. OMIA8 is part of the 2021 International Conference on Medical Imaging Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention.

This news was also reported by Xinhua Daily and Suzhou Daily.


4. Experts’ Insights



Headline: FMCG market declined in the third quarter, lower tariffs on imports might stimulate consumption next year
Published on: 17 December 2021

Summary: Recently, Bain & Company released the 2021 China Shopper Report and analysed the current Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) market in China.

Statistics show that during the first half of 2021, China’s expenditure on FMCG dropped sharply but rebounded during the second half. However, in the third quarter of 2021, the overall performance of the FMCG market fell 0.8% from the same time in 2020.

The report also mentioned that the Chinese government will lower tariffs on certain commodities in 2022, which will in turn stimulate consumption. These commodities include baby clothing, dishwashers, ski equipment, salmon, cod and other aquatic products.

Dr Samuel Kwok, Associate Professor from the Department of Accounting at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University, said: “Currently, the prices of commodities and raw materials have increased, and the supply chain is under great pressure.”

Tariff reduction creates economic benefits and saves costs because foreign products will become less expensive. “There will be a significant increase in consumption because many industries will be involved, such as engineering, agriculture and medicine,” Dr Kwok said.


5. Campus Life



Headline: Poster art exhibition at XJTLU shows a dynamic China
Published on: 7 December 2021

Summary: Recently, the Department of China Studies at Xi’an-Jiaotong Liverpool University held an opening ceremony for its Poster Art in New China exhibition.

With the support of the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center, the exhibition presents the unique collection from Peiming Yang of more than 50 posters from the establishing of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

This news was also reported by Yangtze Evening Post and Modern Express.


6. XJTLU in Multi-language Media



Headline: Western luxury brands are entering a risky pact with China’s influencers
Published on: 23 November 2021

Summary: In November, French cosmetics company L'Oréal underwent a pricing controversy after two leading livestreamers sold large quantities of its facial masks while inaccurately claiming it was the cheapest deal.

Dr Samuel Kwok, Associate Professor from the Department of Accounting at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University, analyses the changing face of luxury retail and provides insights into e-commerce in China.

This news was also reported by PEKING PRESS, Devdiscourse, Channel News Asia, and QRIUS.



Headline: Those comics made in Japan suspended between art and industry
Published on: 25 November 2021

Japanese animation, also known as anime, has become a global success with large numbers of fans around the world. In his recent essay, Dr Marco Pellitteri, Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, explains the international rise of Japanese animation and its enormous popularity achieved in Italy.



Headline: China’s 14th Five Year Plan: what does it mean for the education sector?
Published on: 25 November 2021

Summary: In March, China released the newest Five-Year Plan, which guides universities to pay more attention to scientific research and technological innovation. “The Plan indicates future directions, key topics, strategic measures, policies, and regulations,” says Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.



Headline: Urbanisation improves out-group trust
Published on: 7 December 2021

Summary: In his recent study, Dr Cheng Xu of XJTLU’s International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) explores how the urbanisation of a village affects citizens’ trust in both friends and strangers. The findings provide new knowledge to the literature on the intricacy of the urbanisation-trust relationship.

This news was also reported by PHYS.ORG, SCIENMAG and True Median.



Headline: Kaizen Your Work: Big Achievements with Small Changes
Published on: 15 December 2021

Summary: Alex Mackrell graduated from XJTLU’s MSc Management programme in 2018, and he's now running his own consulting company, Manakai Consulting Ltd., with the goal of teaching others to achieve balance in life and work with Kaizen, a Japanese philosophy meaning “change for the better”.



Headline: Multinationals in 2021: The new reality of doing business in China
Published on: 15 December 2021

Summary: In this article, Dr Laurie Underwood, Professor Roberto Donà and Dr Haili Wu offer suggestions to multinational corporations on how to navigate China’s many challenges and translate its growth trends into profitable, sustainable enterprises.

Dr Underwood, an academic and consultant who has taught at IBSS, recently published the second book in her China CEO series.

Professor Donà, Professor of Practice in the Department of Strategic Management and Organisation, believes that “it’s always a good time to do business in China”.

Dr Wu, Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Economics, says that international companies need to adapt and utilise the local talents to operate in the world.

By Xinmin Han
Edited by Patricia Pieterse

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