Our academic schools represent the top layer in the University’s overall academic structure representing the major subject areas in which the University operates. Each school consists of a number of departments and research centres with a narrower discipline focus or specific research focus. Some of our research centres are joint centres with other overseas universities. Our academic programmes are taught by the academic staff within the departments including teaching fellows, lecturers and professors. More than half of our academic staff hold PhD degrees, one of the highest rates for private universities in the country. Each school is led by a dean who has overall responsibility for the management of the school. The deans of the schools report directly to the provost and the vice-chancellor. As a university with a strong international outlook, our deans are always appointed following an international search in order to find the very best candidates and currently more than half of our deans are from overseas.