Plans for a new campus for Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University were unveiled during Theresa May’s state visit to China. The Prime Minister was accompanied by University of Liverpool Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Janet Beer.
The new campus, to be constructed in the city of Taicang, will mirror aspects of XJTLU's current site, offering an international higher education experience with the opportunity to study both in China and in the United Kingdom. It is hoped that the new campus will open in 2020 and it is anticipated to grow to over of 6,000 students by 2025.
Dame Janet said, "XJTLU has established itself as an outstanding example of Sino-British collaboration in higher education. I am delighted that the University of Liverpool, together with XJTLU and Xi'an Jiaotong University, and in partnership with the Taicang City Government, are building on this international success.
The new campus will forge innovative, dynamic relationships between the University, local companies and society, providing highly-skilled, international graduates and contributing to the knowledge economy."
The campus will enable new and innovative links to be formed between XJTLU, industry and the local community in Taicang, supporting sustainable development and providing opportunities for students to spend time working with and within the city's expanding industrial base. A key focus will be to develop graduates in science and technology with expertise in AI and robotics who will go on to lead new industries.
Professor Youmin Xi, executive president of XJTLU said: "The new Taicang campus meets our ambitious mission to develop the university of the future, establishing a new relationship between the university and companies, industries and the wider community.'