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Dr. Jian (Aaron) Chen, Associate Professor, currently serves as the Head of Institute of Leadership and Education Advanced Development (ILEAD), Division Head of New Professional Education and Director of Research Center for Internationalization at the Academy of Future Education, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. His expertise and research interests lie in international comparisons in higher vocational education and training (VET), Sino-foreign cooperative education, industry-academia collaboration, and teacher professional development.

Before joining XJTLU, Aaron worked as the Associate Vice President (AVP) and the Dean of School of Liberal Arts at Suzhou Centennial College - a higher VET institution which was jointly established by Suzhou University of Science and Technology and Centennial College Canada, overseeing Chinese-Canadian partnerships, academic program development and delivery, and international student service. In addition, Aaron also worked as the Assistant Director and Mandarin Lecturer of Confucius Institute in Atlanta, at Emory University, Georgia, in the U.S.A. for two years.

Overall, he sees himself as an educator focused on practice-based research (PBR) with a global perspective and leadership abilities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

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