Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is the first mainland Chinese university to gain unconditional Part 1 and Part 2 international validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for our undergraduate and masters degrees, officially recognising the programmes as on par with other top architecture schools around the world.
In their last accreditation report, the RIBA board commended the ambitious vision of the department and the university, the dedication of the staff and the provision of “exceptional workshop facilities, studios and resources”, as well as the diversity and richness of the design briefs.
In previous visits the RIBA board also praised the Department for “creating a distinctive environment in which students learn from an international and Chinese context with an ambition to produce a new type of graduate, with an emphasis on human-centred architecture, for the emerging global context,” and for promoting the ambitious goal of challenging both Western and Chinese educational paradigms with an alternative model for Chinese architecture education.
Despite only being established in 2011, the BEng Architecture programme has rapidly become one of China’s most prestigious architecture courses, with students recruited from the top 5 percent in China’s university entrance examinations.
Current Head of Department Professor Gisela L?hlein aims for the department “to be the best architecture and design department in China, offering a truly glocal experience. With our diverse and highly qualified academic staff and excellent facilities, we are well-placed to become exactly that.”
The Department of Civil Engineering has full accreditation for all its programmes from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), making it the first Sino-British university in China offering JBM-accredited programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate degree levels.
JBM has extended the accreditation to the BEng Civil Engineering and BEng Architectural Engineering programmes as partly satisfying the academic base for a chartered engineer and as fully satisfying the academic base for an incorporated engineer, under the provisions of UK-SPEC for 2018 to 2023 intakes.
Accreditation has also been extended to the MSc Sustainable Construction and MSc Civil Engineering programmes as technical programmes to cover 2018 to 2023 intakes.
Students who complete both an accredited BEng (Hons) degree and accredited further learning to the masters level will automatically fulfil the educational requirements for the Engineering Council UK’s register of chartered engineers without the need for additional academic assessment.
Accreditation of the degree programmes offered at XJTLU also means that the University can apply to the Engineering Council for the EUR-ACE Label for these programmes.
The BEng Industrial Design programme is currently in the process of gaining accreditation from the Chartered Society of Designers.