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By on October 6, 2020

Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University






Head of Architecture + Design Department
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
8 Chongwen Road
Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
Suzhou Industrial Park
P. R. China


Official Focal Point
Prof. Gisela Loehlein

Alternate Focal Point
Dr. Yiping Dong

Authority approving the partnership
Prof. Youmin Xi, Executive President XJTLU



Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. As an independent Sino-foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China. TRANSFORMING HIGHER EDUCATION

Since its establishment in May 2006, XJTLU has contributed to the development of higher education in China as well as developed its “Five-Star” model, through the implementation of which, it has continuously upgraded its student development system and management and operation mechanisms in response to demands. Over time, XJTLU has won wide recognition for its highly internationalised environment, advanced educational concepts and high-quality talent development. Growth in China will redefine patterns of consumption, production, and cultural influence for generations to come. As China-based companies shift to a designed-in-China strategy and international firms increasingly focus on the Chinese market, career opportunities for graduates of our programmes should be abundant. Students therefore will be afforded more flexibility in choosing careers based on their interests, or further pursuit of advanced degrees.

With this in mind, our students benefit from the experience of our international academic staff, who are actively promoting creative, innovative and responsible solutions to the pressing questions facing architectural and industrial designers today.

We place great emphasis on developing students’ creative, critical and analytical thinking skills through direct engagement with the task at hand, as well as testing limits through experimentation. These skills enable our students to drive forward new models in the art and science of architectural and product design, with ideas and approaches informed by both Chinese and Western knowledge traditions.

Through our architecture programmes, students acquire a solid background in architectural theory, materials and technology. In view of both technological and aesthetic approaches, this provides a solid base from which to forge new avenues for the practice in both China and the West. The department also produced Masterplanning the Future (MPTF), an independent online architecture magazine in China.

Suggested Collaboration Opportunities
Potential collaboration modalities:
– research projects in China with international collaborators
– design competitions with international collaborators
– research seminars series
– knowledge Transfer
– publication and dissemination of students work and research
– Global urban lectures
– internship placements
– project coordination and networking
Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Youth
  • Social Inclusion
  • Safety
  • Resilience
  • Reconstruction
  • Planning and Design
  • Mobility
  • Legislation
  • Land
  • Information and Monitoring
  • Housing
  • Governance
  • Gender
  • Evaluation
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Economy
  • Climate Change
  • Capacity Development