“XJTLU is a truly dynamic academic community with scholars from worldwide. The university-sponsored Teaching Development Fund is beneficial both to my teaching and research.”

Dr. Hui Li
English, Culture and Communication

Department information


Focusing on human needs and social values in a context of rapid development, the department strives to provide the best of Eastern and Western perspectives in architectural design, appreciation and critique. Faculty members are engaged in research and design, with international publication records and practice portfolios. The department is in the process of applying for RIBA accreditation.

Biological Sciences

The department has globally respected faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. It offers an undergraduate degree programme in Biological Science with four specialisations (biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and molecular biology) and an M.Res. degree programme in molecular bioscience. Research areas include cell signaling; chemical biology; microbiology; virology; metabolic disease; neuroscience; and proteomics.


The current research areas include novel organic synthesis for medicine development, natural product chemistry, Biosensor, solid chemistry, and nano-materials. The department has established research collaborations with local chemical industry, as well as research groups in the many domestic and global Institutions. The department offers an undergraduate degree programme, and an M.Res in Advanced Chemical Sciences.

Civil Engineering

Current research has two thrusts. In sustainable construction our focus is on recycled materials, fibre reinforced cementitious composites, structural timber, strengthening and rehabilitation, durability, smart building and management, geoscience, finite element and multiscale modelling. In energy research, renewable and clean energy technologies, advanced materials and processes for low carbon manufacturing, carbon capture and storage, advanced modeling, energy demand and management. The Department particularly encourages active learning in the delivery of its programmes.

Computer Science and Software Engineering

CSSE offers two degree programmes: Computer Science and Technology, and Information and Computing Science. Research interests include software engineering, e-commerce, information security, artificial intelligence, intelligent systems, computational intelligence, and knowledge engineering. The department also plans to expand its research field in the following: digital media and entertainment, data mining, cloud computing and services, and software metrics.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

This department is highly committed to research and teaching excellence. Staff are highly recognized in a number of research areas, with a third of them holding research funds from the National Science Foundation of China. This strong research background has a positive impact on the quality of teaching.

English, Culture and Communication

This department offers five BA degree programmes: English and Finance/International Business/Communication Studies; Applied English Studies; Communication Studies; and an MA TESOL programme. The Department faculty undertake research work in applied linguistics, second languages acquisition, communication and media, literary and intercultural studies.

Environmental Science

. This department delivers an undergraduate programme in Environmental Science that builds on existing strengths in Biological Sciences and in the built environment group of departments (Architecture, Civil Engineering, Urban Planning and Design). The department faculty is rapidly expanding to incorporate key fields in Environmental Science, building upon current expertise in soil ecology, environmental change and freshwater ecology.

Industrial Design

This department sets out to educate new generations of industrial and product designers who participate in China’s impending social, cultural and economic transformations, equipped with solid competencies with regards to creative design, social and cultural aspirations and identity, material culture, industrial production and technology, artistic expression, interdisciplinary collaboration and social and environmental responsibility.

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS)

With around 2,000 students and 60 academic staff, IBSS at XJTLU is the largest academic unit of the University. It is currently organised into three main groups: Accounting and Finance; Management and Business; and Economics. IBSS delivers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and International MBA. Academic staff numbers are likely to double over the next four years. There is active knowledge exchange with businesses in Suzhou Industrial Park.

Mathematical Sciences

Current research includes applied mathematics; computational fluid dynamics; risk management; computational finance; Levy processes and stochastic volatility; optimisation in finance; financial time series; Markov switching models; nonlinear analysis, nonlinear partial differential equations, numerical methods and scientific computing. The department delivers undergraduate programmes in Financial Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and an MSc in Financial Mathematics.

Public Health

This department is new for 2014. The first staff to be recruited will develop an innovative undergraduate programme, addressing public health issues in Asia and beyond. They will work closely with colleagues in existing departments including Biological Sciences, Environmental science, and Urban Planning and Design. The programme will be inter-disciplinary and international in outlook.

Urban Planning and Design

The department offers a globally competitive, professional planning and urban design undergraduate programme unique in its focus on both local Chinese and international planning and urban design policy and practice. It also offers an MSc in Urban Planning. The current research areas of the department include urbanization and urban regeneration in China; heritage and landscape conservation; local identity, migration and regional restructuring; smart cities and participatory systems of planning.

The University has four Teaching Centres, which together deliver the initial year of our four year undergraduate degree programmes: Chinese Culture; Language; Mathematics and Physics; and Physical Education.

All students study English modules delivered by the Language Centre for the first two years of their degree programme. The Language Centre is a vital and integral part of the university and represents one of the world’s largest concentrations of university-level teaching and research expertise in the field. These English modules are quite different from traditional Chinese universities, where students follow a national curriculum. The aim is to ensure that students develop the study skills and language proficiency they need to complete a British degree programme taught in English. Specially designed modules therefore focus on English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

111 Ren'ai Road, Suzhou, Suzhou Industrial Park,
Jiangsu, 215123, China

+86 512 8816 1015