XJTLU Entrepreneur College: A model for future universities and campuses for the elites and leaders for tomorrow's new industries.

An example of how one university is rising to the challenge of producing graduates for tomorrows workforce through embracing the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Stuart Perrin
Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University


Hui Liu
Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University

Background and objectives of the case
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) Entrepreneur College has been created as a model for future elites and leaders for emerging industries, and the model of the University of Tomorrow. Based in Taicang, part of greater Suzhou in China, the new college will operate through the syntegration of universal, specialised, industry and management programmes, alongside the integration of universities, businesses and industries, all brought together through a new educational philosophy known as Syntegrative Education. Syntegrative Education emphasizes higher order thinking skills, allowing learners to actively contextualize and produce data instead of just acquiring it. Knowledge then becomes generated based on personal experiences and environmental participation. As a result, barriers and silos developed with respect to education, internship, research and entrepreneurship will disappear within society, enabling SE to deliver more industry elites and facilitate social development.
SE has been developed as a response to the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). One of the most critical aspects of 4IR is anticipated to be unemployment as a result of the displacement of jobs due to disruptive technologies through artificial intelligence (AI), automation, digitilisation and robotics. Unemployment will have a focus on white collar positions such as accountants, economists and lawyers, roles that can easily be undertaken through AI, rather than the more traditional manual positions, presenting a new and unique challenge.
The mission of the Entrepreneur College is:
• 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