Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University has announced plans to open a new campus in Taicang, China, in 2020 with the aim of enrolling 6,000 students by 2025.
The new campus will offer a high calibre, international higher education experience with the opportunity to study in China and the UK. It is hoped that enrolments at the new campus will add to XJTLU’s target of teaching 24,000 students by 2028.
Currently, there are 12,000 students and 1,000 staff from more than 50 different countries at XJTLU’s existing campus in Suzhou. Both Suzhou and Taicang border the hub city Shanghai.
Youmin Xi, executive president and pro vice-chancellor of XJTLU, said that the campus is a part of a larger aim. “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.”
He added that the new campus will be for ‘Syntegrative Education’, which involves close cooperation with industry where students gain experience within different companies.
“The great number of German businesses and joint ventures in Taicang provides a favourable environment for our experiment.”