Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

XJTLU campus garden

The Pre-conference Organizer

The School of Film and TV Arts  at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is rapidly expanding. In 2020 the School will occupy a new building with state-of-the-art television and film production facilities. Apart from BA programs in Communication Studies, Digital Media Arts, and Film, Television Production, and Film Making, the School also offers an MSc in Media and Communications, and in collaboration with the University of Liverpool accepts PhD students. As the result of the school’s rapid expansion, a new department, i.e. department of Media and Communication, is span off from the School in October 2019. 

The School’s faculty members are recruited from around the world. One of XJTLU’s slogans is “global outlook,” and faculty members do make serious attempts to familiarize the students with diverse perspectives. The international experience, diversity and cultural awareness of the School’s faculty and students would make it an excellent partner in organizing a large international conference.

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. As an independent Sino-foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China. The University currently offers approximately 90 degree programmes in the fields of science, engineering, business, finance, architecture, urban planning, language, culture and all are taught in English except for general and basic courses. Undergraduate students earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool. Postgraduate students receive a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Ministry of Education. XJTLU celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016 and the construction of XJTLU’s new Entrepreneur College (Taicang) has officially kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony on April 29th, 2019. By 2019, the University has almost 15,000 registered students, including those who are completing study at the University of Liverpool.

Facilities & Services

The pre-conferences will be held on the XJTLU’s  South Campus, next door to the School of Film and TV Arts, in the International Academic Exchange and Collaboration Centre, with additional meeting rooms available in the large International Business School, also located on the compact South Campus. All classrooms at XJTLU are equipped with computers, internet access and projectors.

Catering services are also available for pre-ordering.

For facility and catering service enquiries, please contact Dr. Zhen Chen at zhen.chen@xjtlu.edu.cn

The City of Suzhou

Located in Suzhou, a city that has been known in China as ‘paradise on the earth’ since ancient times, XJTLU enjoys a beautiful environment where there is a harmonious coexistence between the city’s rich cultural traditions and its rapid economic development.

Suzhou is a remarkable city to explore, whether you visit the old streets, canals and gardens, the modern attractions around Jinji Lake, or the scenic spots further afield, such as Tai Lake.

Travel Grants

XJTLU provides 50 travel grants of up to RMB 2,500 each to pre-conference participants to cover the return train tickets between Beijing and Suzhou, local transportation and accommodation costs. Details, including deadlines and procedures for applying, will be announced later this year on IAMCR’s website, newsletter, mailing lists and various social media.


XJTLU is close to a number of accommodation options that could meet various demands of most conference participants.

The most convenient accommodation options for conference participants are the Scholars’ Suite in the South Campus of XJTLU and the Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool International Conference Centre (Four-star hotel) in the North Campus, both are within walking distance to the conference site.

The Scholars’ Suite is an internally run accommodation facility only open to visitors to the University. The prices here are relatively reasonable with a nice double bed or twin room costing about RMB350 per night (breakfast included). Bookings for a room here could ONLY be made by the pre-conference host, i.e. XJTLU, on behalf of the pre-conference participants. A booking application form will be available on this website in due time for those who would like to book a room from the Scholars’ Suite.

Bookings for the Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool International Conference Centre (Double room prices between 300-500) and other hotels near XJTLU could be made via commercial booking sites, e.g. Ctrip (www.ctrip.com).

Conference participants will find most of the other nearby options in the Moonbay (月亮湾), a commercial centre just one metro stop or five-minute taxi drive away from XJTLU. Prices for a three or four-star hotel range between RMB300 and RMB500, while a five-star could go up from RMB500 to more than RMB1,000.

For accommodation enquiries, please contact Dr. Xianwen Kuang at xianwen.kuang@xjtlu.edu.cn


Suzhou is easily accessed by plane, train and bus. XJTLU is located in Suzhou Industrial Park, east of Suzhou’s historic centre. Please visit https://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/about/visit-us for university location, maps and transportation.

Suzhou is easily reachable from Beijing with the high-speed train. Trains run many times a day. The trip takes between five and five-and-a-half hours. Travelers should count on a total travel time of about six to seven hours door-to-door.

The XJTLU campus is also easily accessible from Shanghai. The high-speed train from Shanghai takes about half an hour to get to Suzhou. Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport or Hongqiao Airport is about two hours or one hour away by taxi. As mentioned, flights between Beijing and Shanghai are plentiful and relatively cheap.

For transportation enquiries, please contact Mr Mark Lent at mark.lent@xjtlu.edu.cn

For other general enquiries, please contact Dr. Yik Chan Chin at yik-chan.chin@xjtlu.edu.cn