Since its establishment in 2006, XJTLU has strived to improve education, reshape teaching, and to redefine what universities can be despite the uncertainty, ambiguity, complexity and changeability of today’s world.

The Institute of Leadership and Education Advanced Development (ILEAD), founded in 2013, has become one of the leading institutions in promoting education reform and improving the leadership of education practitioners in China. It is dedicated to connecting education professionals who are passionate about innovation, and integrating education practice and theory.

In February 2018 ILEAD was made an official academic department of XJTLU, with the opportunity to develop and offer both masters and PhD degree programmes in education management. ILEAD also conducts research into and offers support for students’ learning, support for teacher development, training on professional competencies and leadership for education practitioners.

It is working to build a global community for education innovation and reform and the study of the future of universities.

Vision and mission

Vision: To become a leading institution in supporting lifelong learning of learners and educators, and in developing organizational learning for educational institutions.


  • Research on the future university in the era of globalization and artificial intelligence;
  • Develop and support the new learning process of lifelong learners;
  • Cultivate talent in educational contexts and for industry development;
  • Support the lifelong learning of educational practitioners;
  • Develop education enhanced by technology.