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Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Design School; School of Cultural Technology, XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang)

Suzhou , China Full Member Institution

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Mission Statement

Mission of XJTLU 

• Educate technical and managerial professionals with international perspectives and competitive capabilities 

• Integrate global economic and social development with expertise in business and technology 

• With our unique focuses and features, conduct research in areas where humanity faces severe challenges 

• Explore new models for higher education that will exert a strong influence on the development of education in China and the world 


Mission of XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) where School of Cultural Technology is located 

• To cultivate elites and leaders for new industries 

• To explore new models for international high-end development of human resource excellence and operations 

• To explore new models for new industry development and foster their development 

• To offer solutions to the conceptionalisation of the future university and the organisation of its campus 

International Role

Design School
The Design School operates within the framework of the international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. This circumstance forged an internationally oriented community that expresses its global aptitude through the collaboration with its main partner in the UK as well as with other international academic players. On our 2+2 route students study the first two years of their programme at XJTLU in Suzhou and the final two years at the University of Liverpool. In addition to the special relationships with our parent universities, the Design School works with an ever-expanding network of universities across the world. This network provides our students with opportunities to study abroad at partner universities. The Beng in Architecture has established a student exchange partnership with Politecnico di Torino (Polito), for a full-year study abroad in Y3. An exchange program with Universitad Politecnica de Madrid is currently being scrutinized. UG programmes in architecture, industrial design and civil engineering have gained international validations and accreditations by leading professional institutions including the RIBA, JBM and the CSD. The Design School plays a leading role internationally in producing high-quality research in a number of areas including Urbanisation and smart cities, Urban ecologies, Sustainable materials and infrastructures, Green and low carbon buildings, Computational design and fabrication, Smart construction and Construction management. The Design School is currently leading the international research group shortlisted in the Solar Decathlon China 2021 on a triple challenge: sustainable development, smart connection and human health. The Design School regularly hosts international guests through its ARD Lecture Series, and is active in the promotion of international workshops and seminars.


School of Cultural Technology of XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang)
Based on an existing specialised talent cultivating model, Syntegrative Education the philosophy that XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) adopts integrates specialised, industrial and management programmes to deliver international industry experts, with the ability to lead future industry development. Those leaders will be highly versatile with the ability to drive the industries of the future. They will be well-rounded yet specialised, know their industries thoroughly, and be able to mobilise resources and lead people.
School of Cultural Technology is also keen on developing international partnerships, recruiting international students, and establishing its international identity.

National Role

Design School
Founded in 2020, the Design School consists of the Departments of Architecture and Design (Department of Architecture and Department of Industrial Design from Feb. 2021), Civil Engineering, and Urban Planning and Design. The School aspires to become a leading interdisciplinary built-environment education unit in China and beyond. Our students are exposed to a research-led, interdisciplinary learning environment that amalgamates design knowledge as well as technical and management education. Our programmes in architecture, civil engineering, and industrial design have gained international validations and accreditations by leading professional institutions, showcasing the learning quality and global recognition of our graduates.

Dedicated to sustainability, the Design School houses some of the leading research institutes, centres and laboratories focused on sustainable and digital design with significant collaborations and projects with industrial partners. The Design School plays a leading role in producing high-quality research in a number of areas: Urbanisation and smart cities; Urban ecologies; Sustainable materials and infrastructures; Green and low carbon buildings; Computational design and fabrication; Smart construction; Construction management.

The Design School has already developed strong collaborations with leading national and international companies located in SIP and in greater China in the areas of architectural design, construction and management, such as ARUP, Bosch, Buro Happold, Sika, ARTS Group, TUS-Design, Shanghai Construction Group and others through industrial advisory boards and research project collaborations.

Through its research centres, such as the Urban and Environmental Studies (UES) Research Centre, and in close collaboration with the local government, the Design School has a significant impact in the future regional planning. The Institute of Sustainable Materials and Environment plays a significant role in providing sustainable solutions to the regional sector through material development for the China’s Sponge City initiative, as well as advanced construction materials and materials for energy applications. The School places a great emphasis in digital technology and design, as well as construction digitalization and energy efficient design, expressed through the research priorities of the Design Research Centre, the Automation in Construction Engineering research lab, and the Building Physics lab.

In addition to the parent Universities of XJTLU, the Design School has established close research collaborations with several national universities such as Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong University, Zhejiang University, Chongqing University, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI) and many others.


School of Cultural Technology at XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang)
Based on an existing specialised talent cultivating model, Syntegrative Education integrates specialised, industrial and management programmes to deliver international industry experts, with the ability to lead future industry development. Those leaders will be highly versatile with the ability to drive the industries of the future. They will be well-rounded yet specialised, know their industries thoroughly, and be able to mobilise resources and lead people. We will continually lead and support local and regional economic and social development in productive partnership with other institutions, local authorities, schools, and business groups.

Main Focus

Design School 

XJTLU provides double degree awards following the Chinese and UK degree categories respectively. In the UK context, the Design School focuses on and delivers a wide variety of programmes primarily BA and BEng at the undergraduate level (i.e. BA Architecture, BA Urban Planning and Design, BEng Industrial Design, BEng Civil Engineering, BEng Architectural Engineering), as well as MArch, MDes and MSc programmes at the postgraduate level. The Design School aims to build on the success of the existing Arts and Engineering programmes and provide exciting and highly interdisciplinary opportunities to students at all levels, where research-led, design, technical and management education form the core element of the delivered curriculum. 

School of Cultural Technology 

The School of Cultural Technology follows the Syntegrative Education philosophy, advocates interest-oriented lifelong learning, innovation and entrepreneurial education. It aims to establish a world-leading academic unit integrating creativity and technology to innovate education and creative industries, transfer knowledge to advance industries and societies. 

The BA Arts, Technology and Entertainment is an interdisciplinary programme that combines film, television, photography, digital arts – especially immersive technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) – and media communications. 


Faculties and Departments

Design School :

Department of Architecture 

Department of Civil Engineering 

Department of Industrial Design 

Department of Urban Planning and Design ;

School of Cultural Technology.


Bachelor Level Programs

Design School 


Architectural Engineering 

Civil Engineering 

Industrial Design 

Urban Planning and Design

School of Cultural Technology

BA Arts, Technology and Entertainment 


Master Level Programs

Design School 

Architectural Design 

Civil Engineering 

Construction Management 

Sustainable Construction 

Industrial Design 

Urban Planning 

Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design)

School of Cultural Technology 



Research Activity and Main Areas

Design School 

Design School academics are active in various areas of research both in the traditional sense as well as practice-based research. The Design School has been a unique source of highly interdisciplinary research output, where the main areas of focus are architectural design, civil engineering, urban studies, regional and urban planning, public administration, building technology, construction management, sustainable science and technology, environmental science and engineering, multidisciplinary materials science etc. Practice-based research focuses on digital design and technology, design philosophy and culture, design education and communication. 


School of Cultural Technology 

The research of School of Cultural Technology focuses on developing a solid research base for culture and creative industries, with and outwith industry partners. Specifically speaking, the main areas are: 

• computational media arts and technology, artificial intelligent applications to media (editing, shooting, etc), immersive media, interactive media, VR/AR/MR audiences and technology, games design or usage, animation productions or market, etc. 

• a focus on the applications and innovations of intelligent or creative technology to various areas 

• application of creative technology to interdisciplinary areas to understand the transformations of industries and societies 

• alignment of the technology development and integration of the synergies, influences and strategies among enterprises and industries 

Doctorate Level Programs

Design School 

PhD in Architecture 

PhD in Civil Engineering 

PhD in Industrial Design 

PhD in Urban Planning and Design 

School of Cultural Technology 


Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Design School
XJTLU Architecture – Politecnico di Torino – One Year

School of Cultural Technology
• Arts, Technology and Entertainment

Application Deadlines

Design School

Teaching Languages


Semester Dates

Design School
XJTLU Architecture-Politecnico di Torino – One Year
S1: October-January; S2: March-June


Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Design School
XJTLU Architecture-Politecnico di Torino – One Year
EUR 600-800 Per month



Bachelor: 1435
Master: 274
Doctorate: 92

Exchange Students

Outgoing: 5

Teaching Staff

Professors: 87
Lectures: 1
Part-time Teachers: 53

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