New Business School Dean Joins Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

LONDON, Jan. 25, 2016 /CNW/ -- International Business School Suzhou at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University has welcomed a new dean.

Professor Jean Chen, who joins IBSS at XJTLU after heading up Southampton Business School in the United Kingdom, a world top 100 university, took up her position in January 2016.

She brings almost 30 years' experience of working in UK Higher Education to her role, having worked across a number of roles throughout her career.

During 2014 and 2015, she was elected by UK business schools to hold two senior roles in the Chartered Association of Business Schools, as a council member and chair of the council's international committee.

Originally from China, Professor Chen was attracted to return to China to work at XJTLU because of its "unique vision" that combines the best of east and west.

Of IBSS she said: "International Business School Suzhou is a unique place, it is international, it combines the culture of both east and west, in particular British and Chinese culture and education system."

She has a clear vision and plans for IBSS, including consolidating the already impressive growth, improving the implementation of high levels of quality assurance in line with UK standards and building the IBSS brand.

As well as her scholarship, Professor Chen is recognised internationally as an expert in accounting and finance in general and more specifically in the field of corporate governance. She is widely published and serves as editor of world-leading academic journals such as 'Corporate Governance: An International Review'.

Professor Chen is confident that IBSS' practical approach to teaching, and the opportunities it provides students to engage with local business, gives students the best possible prospects for successful careers, commenting: "We actively encourage students to apply their knowledge and skills to practice and take the opportunities we provide to engage with business communities as early and as much as possible."

It is this engagement with the business community that Professor Chen hopes will provide not only opportunities for IBSS graduates, but also the continued economic development of Suzhou and Jiangsu.

"We are located in one of the most developed and richest areas in China, with a strong central government and local government support," she said. "We aim to help local business foster a new perception of management in practice and provide them with strong management expertise with international vision."

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