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Associate Principal, Taicang Campus

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University

POSITION TITLE: Associate Principal


SALARY: 40,000 to 50,000 RMB/month, negotiable



JOB ID: 995858

CONTRACT TYPE: full-time 


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution and the first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for all programmes. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has over 10,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus.

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), in partnership with the Taicang City Government, is now planning to open a brand new XJTLU campus in the city of Taicang. Situated around 50 kilometers from both Shanghai and Suzhou, the campus is expected to welcome its first student intake in Sept 2020 with anticipated growth to a community of 6,000 students by 2025. Taicang campus will support a model known as “Syntegrative Education”, tailoring its activities to the needs of future industry and enterprise, and also include a unique Entrepreneurs College as part of its mission to promote and enable innovative educational reformation. This new initiative will see students benefit from a high calibre, international higher education experience with the opportunity to study both in China and in the UK. In addition, new and innovative links will be formed between XJTLU, industry and the local community in Taicang, supporting sustainable development and opening up opportunities for students to spend time working with and within the city’s expanding industrial base. Taicang campus will also reflect XJTLU’s wider ambitions, to test the new concept of a university and campus for the future, to enhance its reputation for research; and to provide a model for social service.

The Taicang Project is expected to take two years and nine months: started in January 2018 and expected to be completed in September 2020 when the campus will be officially open.


  • Develop and Manage the implementation of Syntegrative Education in the Taicang Campus
  • Lead the development of the operational model for XJTLU’s Taicang Campus;
  • Coordinate and manage the development and implementation of research, teaching and learning on the Taicang Campus;
  • Ensure appropriate interactions with all level of government, industrial and commercial concerns involved in the development and operation of the Taicang Campus;
  • Liaise with the University of Liverpool to ensure support for and advice to the future operation of the new campus;
  • Lead, coordinate and ensure the recruitment of senior staff at the Taicang Campus;
  • Represent the Taicang Campus, or deputise for Principal, Taicang Campus as required within the University and with the wider community;
  • Undertake any other duties assigned by the University’s Executive President. 


Ability to implement strategic vision and mission coupled with hands-on experience of all phases of project management;

  • Strategic and systematic experience of academic management;
  • Capacity for high-level academic leadership;
  • Capacity to influence stakeholders via comprehensive and logical assessment model(s);
  • Successful record of strong leadership, strategic development, management and communication skills gained within a higher education environment;
  • Significant experience of managing resources, both people and financial;
  • Good at negotiation and conflict management;
  • Track record of successful co-operation and collaborative working relationships, both internal and external;
  • Demonstrable success of building close relationships and partnerships with key
  • influencers relevant to the Taicang Campus and its external stakeholders;
  • Ability and willingness to execute difficult decisions quickly and effectively, when needed;
  • Experience in culturally diverse work environments;
  • Understanding of and preferably exposure to Syntegrative Education;
  • Good track record of introducing and managing innovation and change;
  • Ability to operate seamlessly at a high level of competence 


  • PhD degree, preferably in engineering or technology;
  • University appointment at Professor;
  • Ideally 5 years’ experience in academic management;
  • Exposure to large capital projects or new organization establishment;
  • Ability to communicate and implement a vision for the future that can be shared by all stakeholders;
  • Experience of developing, leading and managing diverse and complex teams, both academic and professional services.


Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s educational, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday,” depending on nationality and personal circumstances.


Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas. Please be advised candidates over 55 may be not eligible for PRC work visa.


Please send your application to In the subject line write the Positon you are applying for and quote the job ID number for reference. 

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of: 

  • A cover letter
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact Details for Three References 

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.

Informal enquiries about procedure may be addressed to the Staff Management Team at Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry. 

More substantive issues may be addressed to the Vice President Academic Affairs, Prof David Goodman at

Location: Taicang - China
Salary: ¥40,000 to ¥50,000
£4,466.48 to £5,583.10 converted salary* per month.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th July 2019
Closes: 31st August 2019
Job Ref: 995858
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