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Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Established 22 May 2006
Type Public Coeducational
Location Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Campus Urban
Nickname XJTLU
Affiliations University of Liverpool, Xi’an Jiaotong University

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (西交利物浦大学, XJTLU) is an independent university based in Suzhou, China, resulting from a partnership between the universities of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong. It is the world's first Sino-British university between research led universities, and is officially recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education[1] as a "not for profit" educational institution.



XJTLU is situated in Suzhou Industrial Park in the eastern part of Suzhou in the province of Jiangsu, 70 kilometres west of Shanghai. The university is about 12 km from downtown Suzhou which, on a bad traffic day, can take about 45 minutes by bus, or 30 minutes by taxi. On a good traffic day times are obviously much quicker. Suzhou is a historic and scenic city, famous for its 2500 years of history and culture, Suzhou has sustained an average annual economic growth-rate of more than 15 per cent since the beginning of China's "reform and opening up" period, with local GDP ranked the fourth largest in China, just after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) is the location for more than 2100 international companies, of which 53 are Fortune 500 Companies, including Siemens, L'Oréal and Nokia. SIP is home to a vibrant and growing multinational community, with nearly ten thousand expatriate workers from more than 20 different countries. Situated in the heart of the complex, XJTLU thus forms part of a purpose-built international community.

Suzhou Dushu Lake Higher Education Town (HET) is expanding quite rapidly and expects to have a student population of 70,000 by 2012.


XJTLU was approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education on the 22 May 2006 and was officially opened on 29 May 2006 by representatives of the Chinese government and its two parent universities. XJTLU is a joint venture between the Universiy of Liverpool and Xi'an Jiaotong University. The biggest stakeholder in XJTLU is Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) who have provided the land and buildings via their educational development investment company SIPEDI. The University of Liverpool's capital investment was provided by their on-line commercial partner, Laureate Education. Xi'an Jiatong University also used one of their commercial partners to match the investment from the University of Liverpool.

In its first year, the university's intake comprised around 160 students, all from Jiangsu province. In September 2007 the intake was approximately 570, in September 2008 over 730 students were recruited including international students. When fully developed, the University campus will occupy 1050 mu with a student population of between eight and ten thousand, from across China, other parts of Asia and the rest of the world.

The English Language Centre

All students study English for their first two years at XJTLU, and consequently the English Language Centre (ELC) plays a key role in its pedagogical approach. The ELC is not a department in the university, but a centre. It is called a "centre" as the ELC is not responsible for awarding degrees. The majority of the ELC tutors have MA degrees in English teaching although this is not mandatory[2]. The modules are quite different from other Chinese universities where students follow a national curriculum. The curriculum at the ELC is created by the tutors and approved by the University of Liverpool. At XJTLU, students are trained to study in English, whilst following a British degree programme, therefore English for Academic Purposes (EAP) forms the core of the modules and assessments. The ELC uses innovation and needs-related approaches to create and adapt EAP materials and projects which are relevant to the specific academic context.


  1. ^ New university in China given go-ahead
  2. ^ The ELC Staff Page

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