Jul 31, 2013|By Fu Yao
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Suzhou today for the South Campus of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and officials also announced the establishment of the university’s International Business School, Graduate School and Institute of Advanced Leadership and Education Development.
The new moves showed Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University’s ambition to become one of the top business schools in the world.
Sir Howard Newby, vice-chancellor of University of Liverpool, acknowledged the achievements of the joint-venture university. “Eestablishing a world-class business school, graduate school and research centre is an important, strategic step toward the mid-term goal of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. We will continue to explore new frontiers in higher education and combine the best practices of Western and Eastern educational systems,” he said.
Professor Sarah Dixon, dean of the International Business School Suzhou, said “IBSS’s mission is to contribute to the society through education, research and business engagement.” Her school will have about 2,000 students majoring in business, finance and economics, and the school’s international launch is slated on October 25.
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University already has the North Campus with a funky building as the new landmark of the Dushu Lake Education Zone. Its 115,600-square-meter South Campus will be put to use in 2015.
Since it was founded in May 2006, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University has set its sights on becoming a research-led university in China. It has earned broad recognition for its international environment, advanced concepts, and high-quality education. It was named a “Model Sino-Foreign University’’ and a “Pioneer in Education Reform in China.”