JP History

    Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications is a prestigious institution, specialising in telecommunications including electronic engineering and computer science. It is designated a key university - one of the top hundred of the 2,000 universities in China - by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary has had a productive cooperation relationship with BUPT since 1999 based on shared research interests. In 2003, the relationship moved to a different level with a momentous proposal made by the President of BUPT, Professor Jintong LIN. He suggested that the two universities should develop a joint programme of study, operated at BUPT but using academics from both institutions, using a curriculum devised by both which lead to degrees from both. The visionary aim of the Joint Programme is to train graduates who can operate successfully in the global community. BUPT on its own could provide high quality engineering teaching elements. What Queen Mary can add is the Western perspective, the skills and the awareness that enable engineers to function in the commercial world: the legal framework, the understanding of management systems and styles and the focus on personal development. Professor Lin saw that the growth in the Chinese economy and the rise in manufacturing capability made it essential for Chinese engineers to understand the international context of their work, whether they aim to work at home or abroad.

Organization Structure

    The JP organisation structure was approved by both institutions and by the Ministry of Education (MoE). It forms the basis of the contract between the two universities.

Streering Committee


Steering Committee Members


    The Steering Committee (consisting of three members whose names have to be submitted to the MoE) holds the ultimate responsibility for the management of the Joint Programme, reporting to the governing bodies of the two universities through the appropriate committee.

Professor Peter McOwan (chair) Vice Principal for Public Engagement & Student Enterprise and acting Vice-Principal and Executive Dean (Science and Engineering)
Professor David Sadler Vice-Principal (International)
Professor Julia Shelton Dean for Taught Programmes (Science and Engineering)
Professor Laurie Cuthbert Dean for China Operations
Professor Geraint Wiggins Head of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Dr Yue Chen Co-Director of the Joint Programme
Mr Dean Curtis Chief Strategic Officer


Professor Xiaomin Ren Vice Principal for of BUPT (International Collaborations and Discipline Development)
Professor Jun Gao Vice-President of BUPT (Postgraduate Education)
Professor Yuxiao Li Dean of International School of BUPT & Director of the Joint Programmes
Ms Hongyuan Wang Party Secretary of International School of BUPT
Ms Chunxia Ren Director of International Office of BUPT
Professor Hongxiang SUN Director of Academic Affairs Office
Professor Sibao FU Director of Finance Office


Academic Committee Members


    The Academic Committee is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the academic standards.

Prof Julia Shelton Dean for Taught Programmes, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Prof Laurie Cuthbert Dean for China Operations
Dr Yue Chen Co-Director of the Joint Programme, School of EECS
Dr Chris Phillips Chair of e-Commerce Programme, School of EECS
Dr Eliane Bodanese Chair of Internet of Things Programme, School of EECS
Dr John Schormans Chair of Telecoms Programme, School of EECS
Dr Vindya Wijeratne JP Director of Teaching, School of EECS


Prof Yuxiao Li Dean of the International School and Director of the Joint Programme (Chair)
Prof Zhipeng Gao Vice-Dean of International School, BUPT
Prof Yan Wan Chair of e-Commerce Programme, School of Economics and Management
Prof Changchuan Yin Chair of Telecoms Programme, School of Information and Communication Engineering
Prof Hong Luo Chair of Internet of Things Programme, School of Computer Science
Prof Min Zhang AC Commissioner, Institute of Informational Photonics and Optical Communication
Prof Wenbao Ai AC Commissioner, School of Science



Course Committee

Joint Programme Course Committees (CC) are reporting to the JP Academic Committee (AC) and responsible for individual BSc(Eng) degree programmes on JP in terms of Programme/module review, Propose programme/module amendments to AC, and Produce programme related documentation for JP annual review and audit/accreditation.

Course Committees are led by Programme Leads (PL) and meet at least twice every semester. 

BSc (Eng) Telecoms Engineering with Management BSc(Eng) Internet of Things Engineering BSc (Eng) e-Commerce Engineering with Law
Telecom stream Multimedia stream
Dr Yasir  Alfadhl (PL) Dr Marie-Luce Bourguet(PL) Dr Michael chai (PL) Ling Ma (PL)
Dr Frank Gao Dr Karen Shoop Dr Cindy Sun Ms Bing Han
Dr Mattew Tang Dr Andy Watson Dr Andy Watson Dr Paula Fonseca
Dr Jesus Requena Carrion Dr Yizhe Song Dr Gokop Goteng Dr Bindu Chib
Dr Gavin Sutter

Examination Board

    JP operates a two tier examination board structure, with Subject Examination Boards (SEBs) at school level, which report to and inform the business of Degree Examination Boards (DEBs) of both institutions.

Prof Yan Wan SEB chair
Dr Chris Philips SEB deputy chair


External examiners
Prof Yi Chen Beijing Technology and Business University
Prof Michael Heish University of California, Berkeley, Extension
Dr Wing Shing Chan City University of Hong Kong
Prof Jean Chen University of Southampton
Prof Graham T Reed University of Southampton

Industrial Panel


The JP Industrial Advisory Board provides a forum in which JP’s educational and research programmes and policies are presented and discussed with representatives from prospective employers and other interests external to the College. The aim is to guide the development of JP so that it is relevant to employers, industry and commerce. It is also intended to improve cooperation with employers and enterprises that might take advantage of our research outputs

Industrial Panel
Stanley Xia Vice President of Qualcomm
Qixiang Dong President of Qihoo 360 Tech Co., Ltd
Bingdi Zhao President of Beijing Electronics Holding Co.,Ltd
Hongxia Chen Deputy Managing Director of China Post Group

Staff Student Liaison Committee

    The JP Staff Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs) are rather a hybrid of the procedures at the two universities. There is one committee for each cohort because of the large number of students. Each committee is composed of teaching staff, two representatives from each class and the year tutor. SSLC meetings are held twice per semester. The meetings for each cohort (that is, each of years 1, 2, 3 and 4) are held separately and each is chaired by one of the student representatives.

    The meetings are attended by representatives of senior JP and International School staff, with live 3-way video links between the representatives’ meeting at the Hongfu campus, the staff in the main BUPT campus and the staff at QM in London.

    The student representatives are nominated by the students and each representative can stand for up to two consecutive years. The coordination of representatives’ training, pre-meeting preparation, meetings and reports are the responsibility of two members of staff, one from QM and one from BUPT. After approval, the meeting reports are lodged with both QM and BUPT

JP Awards

  • In 2013, the joint programme won 2012 Faculty Science & Engineering Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award.
  • In 2012, the joint programme won a Cathy Pacific China Business Award of 2011, which refers to New Horizon Award.
  • In 2011, a new undergraduate major of cooperative education - Internet of Things Engineering obtained the approval of the establishment from the Ministry of Education.
  • In 2011, the fourth class student successfully graduate. From 2008, there are four class, in total of 1232 graduates towards an well-known universities and enterprises. 100% employment and the rate to graduate schools break a new historical record.
  • In 2010, the joint programme certified by an internal assessment of the British Society of Quality Assurance of Higher Education (QAA), following the programme renewal approval of the Ministry of Education.
  • In 2008, the joint programme was recognised and praised by expert during the Chinese Ministry of Education undergraduate teaching evaluation.
  • Queen Mary and BUPT ground-breaking joint programme won the 2009 British Business Award.
  • In 2007, Queen Mary and BUPT joint degree programme became the first programme in mainland China to be accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • In 2006, the joint programme successfully audited by the QAA and the Beijing Education Commission on behalf of the MoE.
  • 5 cohorts graduated: 100% employment or postgraduate study.