Xu LI is the Vice Dean for Administration of the School of Design at Southern University of Science and Technology. Xu joined SUSTech in 2010 and participated in designing the governing and education structure of this new university. Before assuming her current role in the university, she worked for six years as the associate director of SUSTech Global, two years in the Teaching Affairs Office, and for one year as an assistant researcher in the Center for Education Research at SUSTech, then known as SUSTC. She also held position as higher education commissioner in Preparatory Office of Institute under the auspices of UNESCO. In 2016, she received SUSTech Excellent Service Award.
During her service in SUSTech, Xu undertook the formulation of Interim Measures for the Management of the Southern University of Science and Technology, Statute of the Board of Trustees and Statute of the Southern University of Science and Technology, supported the successful application of the establishment of International Center for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO, and was responsible for international education collaboration, international admissions, global engagement, international major projects and admission in Beijing. Xu received a Ph.D. degree in higher education from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, a MA degree in education administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BA degree in English Language and Literature from Peking University.