Staff

Our staff

Management Team

Associate Professor Ying JIANG, Director

Ying Jiang grew up in China and studied and worked in Switzerland, Scotland and England before she came to Adelaide to pursue a doctoral degree in 2006. In 2008, Ying was selected as one of the 100 outstanding young Chinese leaders in the world by the Hong Kong Dragon Foundation. Ying’s research interests and publications mainly include cyber-nationalism, cross-cultural communication, social media and public relations. Ying’s 2012 book Cyber-nationalism in China has been sold and downloaded more than 50,000 times. One of Ying’s recent articles “‘Reversed agenda-setting effects’ in China: Case studies of Weibo trending topics”, published by the Journal of International Communications, has become one of the most read articles on Taylor & Francis online. Ying is also the Director of an Australian philanthropic organisation Virtue Australia Foundation, which facilitates innovative research and the commercialisation of research outcomes. In addition, she is a research member of the Soft Power Advocacy & Research Centre at Macquarie University, focusing on the use of social media in public diplomacy.

Associate Professor Qin XU, Associate Director

Associate Professor Qin Xu is from the School of International Studies, Zhejiang University. She received her Master's Degree in English Language Teaching from Warwick University in the UK, and her PH.D degree in Mass Media and Communication from Zhejiang University in China. She has also been a visiting scholar at Michigan State University in the USA. Her academic interests include media and communication theories and methodology in language teaching. She has over 20 years of experience teaching students as well as professional expertise in bilingual instruction and language teacher training. Her major responsibilities at the Confucius Institute are managing the Chinese language teaching programs and enhancing connections with relevant organisations in China.

Ms Catherine Driver, Business Manager

Ms Catherine Driver commenced work with the Confucius Institute in April 2016 in the role of Business Manager. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Performing – Dance) and a Bachelor of Policy Studies. Catherine worked as an actor and arts administrator before joining the Western Australian Government's Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) in 1997. Over 17 years with DCA, she worked in roles related to arts funding, cultural policy and team management, before settling into a focus on international relations. Catherine has many years of experience supporting cultural exchange with China. In 2008 she participated in the Western Australia-Zhejiang Public Servant Exchange, spending three months in Hangzhou to explore opportunities for collaboration in film, animation and designer fashion. Catherine has a long-held interest in Chinese language and culture, and strong networks in the Government and arts sectors. She looks forward to making a contribution to Western Australia-China relations through her work with the Confucius Institute.

Ms Carol JIN, Program Coordinator

Ms Carol Jin received a bachelor degree of Management and a bachelor of Bussiness English from La Trobe University. She also has a diploma of English (Level 9) from Cambridge University & Hult International School. Carol has always been passionate about Chinese-Western cultural exchange. In 2010, after studying psychology and educational methods and becoming qualified as a Senior Chinese Language Teacher with the International Profession Certification Association (IPA), she had the opportunity to use her theoretical knowledge in Chinese language education. She subsequently worked as a volunteer English-Chinese and art teacher for Grain de Seneve (GDS) in Rwanda. During a 15-month stint in Switzerland, she offered tailor-made courses in Chinese language and etiquette to Swiss business people. Ms Jin started working in the WA wine industry in 2012 and was mainly engaged in cultural affairs promotion. Her tasks included translation, designing/organising bilingual educational seminars, evaluating and implementing sales and marketing strategies, organising events and carrying out online event promotion.

Ms Fiona HU, Administration Officer

Ms Fiona Hu has a Master of Marketing from UWA and a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin. Fiona has work experience at universities and schools including Murdoch College, Edith Cowan University and the International school in Beijing. She was previously a Marketing and Communication Officer at the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, and most recently was the Senior VIP Coordinator at Crown Perth. Fiona began working as Administration Officer with the Confucius Institute in June 2017. She feels privileged to be a part of the team promoting Chinese language and Chinese culture.

Teachers

Dr Chanli GUO, Chinese Language Teacher

Dr Chanli Guo is a Chinese language teacher from the International College of Zhejiang University. She holds a PhD from Zhejiang University. She has been engaged in Chinese language teaching and the teaching of Chinese philosophy since 2013. Dr Guo was formerly a Chinese volunteer teacher at the Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. At present, she works as a Chinese language teacher at the Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia.

Ms Xiaofang HUANG, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Xiaofang Huang is a Chinese teacher from the International College of Zhejing University, where she received her MA from the Humanities College. She has taught Chinese as a foreign language since 2005, while also teaching selective courses such as Chinese traditional dance and paper-cutting. On many occasions she has helped foreign students participate in the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition, and has also guided students taking part in the "Trip in Zhejiang" Foreign Students talent show and assisted them with Mandarin contests. Ms Huang currently works as a Chinese language teacher at the Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia.

Ms Na LI, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Na Li received her MA in English language and literature from Tianjin University of Technology, and also has BA in English language and literature from Shandong University. She taught Chinese to international students at Tianjin University of Technology for three years before coming to WA, covering all aspects of listening, speaking, reading and writing. She also helped students participate in the "Hanyu Qiao" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students on many occasions. Ms Li currently serves as a Chinese teacher at the Confucius Institute at UWA, and is also responsible for the HSK Test and the China Tour for WA High School Students program.

Ms Yan PAN, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Yan Pan is a Chinese language teacher from Huaihua Vocational and Technical College, Hunan Province, China. She received her MA in Comparative Literature and World Literature from Zhejiang University. Ms Pan has worked as a Chinese language teacher since 2007. This year she will be stationed in Bunbury working as a Chinese language teacher for the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia.

Dr Qing QI, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Qing Qi received her MA in Chinese language from Zhejiang University, and a BA in Chinese language and literature from Renmin University. She taught Chinese to international students at Zhejiang University for 14 years before coming to WA, covering all aspects of listening, speaking, reading and writing. She also assisted students to participate in the "Hanyu Qiao" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students on many occasions. Ms Qi taught corporate managers Business Chinese for half a year at the Chinese Cultural Centre that was established by the United States (Boston) State Street Corporation and Zhejiang University.

Ms Qi currently serves as a Chinese teacher at the Confucius Institute at UWA, and is also responsible for planning and promoting community Tai Chi programs.

Dr Cheng ZENG, Lecturer

Dr Cheng Zeng is a visiting scholar teaching translation and interpreting in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education at UWA. He is an associate professor from the School of English and International Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), where he taught various courses in translation and interpreting for the past 25 years.

Dr Zeng earned his BA in English Language and Literature (1986) and his MA in Translation Theory and Practice (1989) at BFSU, and also holds a PhD in Translation Studies (2016) from the University of Western Sydney. He has international experience working as a visiting lecturer in Singapore (2000), as a translator for the 32nd General Assembly of UNESCO (2003), as a Fulbright Scholar teaching Chinese Culture and Society in the US (2006), and as an external lecturer in translation at the University of New South Wales (2011). Dr Zeng's translation work has included short stories in English literature, as well as official and business documents. His publications include textbooks and papers on translation and interpreting.

Ms Jieli ZHAO, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Jieli Zhao received her BA in English and MA in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature from Hebei Normal University. She taught Chinese and English to students at Shijiazhuang Information Engineering Vocational College for 20 years before coming to UWA. From 2014 to 2016 she worked at Ireland Maynooth University as a Chinese language lecturer, teaching courses which included New Practical Chinese, Chinese culture and HSK tutorial instruction. She also assisted students to participate in the "Hanyu Qiao" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students on many occasions. In 2016, one of her students won third prize in this competition in Ireland. Ms Zhao is a recipient of the scientific and technological progress award of Hebei province. In Ireland, she received the annual outstanding teacher awards from the Chinese department of Ireland Maynooth University in both 2015 and 2016. Ms Zhao currently serves as a Chinese teacher at the Confucius Institute at UWA, where she is also responsible for the Chinese scholarship programs.

Honorary Fellow

Mr Geoffrey Davis

Mr Geoffrey Davis AM is a pioneer Chinese language teacher in WA. In 1980, he introduced the first Chinese language teaching program in WA at Mount Lawley Senior High School. Mr Davis is the founding President of both the Chinese Language Teachers' Association of Western Australia and of the Chinese Language Teachers' Federation of Australia.

In 2000, Mr Davis was awarded the title of Outstanding Chinese Language Educator by the government of the People's Republic of China. In 2006, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to education, particularly through the introduction and promotion of Chinese language teaching in the public school sector in WA. The same year, Mr Davis became an Honorary Fellow of the Confucius Institute at UWA, a position he retains to this day.

Our volunteers

Our volunteers

Miss Xueying CAO

Miss Xueying CAO (曹雪莹) is a PhD candidate at the Education College of Zhejiang University. She graduated from Shanghai University of Sport in 2014 with a Master of Wushu and Traditional Sports. Miss Cao was a visiting scholar at the Department of Kinesiology of the University of Tennessee in 2013. Before coming to the Confucius Institute, Miss Cao trained to be a Chinese teacher. She is easy-going, studious, and always has a positive attitude towards life. In her leisure time Miss Cao likes reading, travelling, Taichi and jogging.

Mr Jianhua CUI

Mr Jianhua CUI(崔建华) is from Qufu, Shandong Province, which is also the hometown of Confucius. After graduating from Shenyang Sports University in 2010 he spent four years teaching martial arts and Tai Chi at Shaolin Martial Arts School in Shenyang, Liaoning Province and trained many excellent Wushu athletes. Some of his students later joined the Chinese ice and snow sports team and the Chinese gymnastics team. From 2014 to 2017, Mr Cui worked in the middle school attached to Shandong University. Mr Cui is now a PhD candidate at Zhejiang University studying the international spread of Chinese martial arts. Before joining the Confucius Institute, Mr Cui was trained as a Chinese language teacher. He is easy-going and always has a positive attitude towards life. He likes making friends and is passionate about teaching Chinese. In his spare time, Mr Cui likes swimming, skiing, Tai Chi, reading, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese cooking.

Miss Mengge GAO

Miss Mengge GAO (高梦鸽) is a postgraduate student from Jilin University, Jilin province, majoring in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Her research is in cross-cultural communication. Miss Gao loves Chinese culture especially classical Chinese poetry. Additionally, she has a range of interests including Chinese calligraphy and all kinds of sports.

Miss Ming GAO

Miss Ming GAO (高明) is a postgraduate student from Anyang Normal University, Henan, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Her interests include singing, traditional Chinese paper-cutting and playing the Chinese zither. She is passionate about teaching Chinese and eager to contribute to cultural exchanges between China and Australia. Miss Gao is now a volunteer teacher working at Lance Holt School and at Moerlina School.

Miss Rong GONG

Miss Rong GONG(宫榕) received her Master’s degree in Animal Science from Zhejiang University. Miss Gong has a tremendous passion for Chinese culture, especially traditional Chinese painting, Chinese knotting, Chinese paper-cutting and tea art. She is enthusiastic about Chinese teaching and patient and sincere in class. She looks forward to contributing to cultural exchanges between China and Australia.

Miss Jing HUANG

Miss Jing HUANG(黄静) is a postgraduate student from Zhejiang University, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). She is patient, passionate and easy-going. She is interested in her major and loves Chinese culture. Miss Huang has previously had some experience in teaching Australian students Chinese through short programs. She hopes to develop the interest of Australian students in Chinese language and culture and looks forward to contributing to cultural exchanges between China and Australia.

Miss Suxiang KANG

Miss Suxiang KANG (康素香) is a postgraduate student from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, majoring in English literature. Miss Kang enjoys calligraphy and is interested in dancing and Chinese paper-cutting. She is passionate about teaching and looks forward to contributing to cultural exchanges between China and Australia.

Miss Danya LI

Miss Danya LI(李丹雅)is a postgraduate student from Beijing Language and Culture University. Her major is Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSOL). She likes teaching very much, loves classes and has a great interest in education and culture. She likes playing the Chinese zither (guzheng) and reading books. She also looks forward to contributing to cultural and language education exchanges between China and Australia.

Miss Hao LI

Miss Hao LI (李颢) graduated from Zhejiang University with a Master's degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Before serving as a Chinese volunteer teacher at Geraldton Grammar School, Miss Li tutored students from the US online and also taught some students from Denmark. She loves watching films and communicating with people from different cultures.

Miss Mengyuan LI

Miss Mengyuan LI (李梦媛) holds a BA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) from Southwest Jiaotong University, and she now is a postgraduate student from East China Normal University. Her research is in the area of ancient Chinese characters and the teaching of Chinese characters. Miss Li has a rich knowledge in Chinese history and traditional folk arts. Her interests include Chinese paper-cutting, calligraphy and Chinese knotting. She is passionate about Chinese teaching and looks forward to contributing to the promotion of Chinese culture in WA.

Mr Minle LI

Mr Minle LI (李敏乐) holds a Bachelor of Education from Jiangnan University and graduated from Shanghai International Studies University this year with a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). He has considerable international work experience, having taught Chinese at primary schools in Sri Lanka and Chile before coming to the Confucius Institute at UWA. His experience teaching foreign students also extends to working in classrooms in Shanghai, China. He taught American students at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) for six months, spent another six months teaching French students at ESSCA Shanghai, and a further semester teaching oral Chinese to overseas students at Tongji University. He looks forward to working together to promote cultural development between China and WA.

Miss Yushuang LI

Miss Yushuang LI (李玉爽) is a postgraduate student who graduated from the Media and International Culture College of Zhejiang University in July 2017, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Before coming to the Confucius Institute, Miss Li spent a year as a Chinese teacher at Zhejiang Police College. Miss Li loves Chinese culture, especially traditional Chinese folk and classical dance.

Miss Xiujuan LIN

Miss Xiujuan LIN (林秀娟) received her Master's degree in Animal Science from Zhejiang University. Miss Lin enjoys dance, especially Chinese classical dance, and was a member of an art troupe at Zhejiang University. She is enthusiastic about life and passionate about Chinese culture and Chinese teaching. Her Chinese class is always full of laughter. She now serves as a Chinese volunteer teacher at Geraldton Grammar School to assist with Chinese teaching and the sharing of Chinese culture.

Miss Zhonghan LIN

Miss Zhonghan LIN (林钟晗) is a postgraduate student from China University of Petroleum, Beijing, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Her interests include piano, Chinese paper-cutting and Chinese knotting. Miss Lin now looks forward to assisting the teaching of Chinese language in WA local schools, and she is also passionate about promoting Chinese culture in WA.

Miss Jiahui NI

Miss Jiahui NI (倪佳慧)is a postgraduate student from Zhejiang University, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Her interests include singing, calligraphy and cooking. She is passionate about teaching Chinese and looks forward to contributing to cultural exchanges between China and Australia.

Miss Leilei SONG

Miss Leilei SONG (宋蕾蕾) is a postgraduate student from China University of Petroleum in Henan, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Her interests include traditional Chinese knotting and Tai Chi. She is passionate about teaching Chinese and looks forward to contributing to cultural exchanges between China and Australia.

Miss Yanyu SU

Miss Yanyu SU (苏彦伃) has a Master's degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). From 2016 to 2018 she was a Chinese teacher for international students at the International College of Zhejiang University, working with great enthusiasm. Miss Su is passionate about Chinese traditional culture, especially Chinese calligraphy. She looks forward to sharing her passion with people who are interested in Chinese culture.

Miss Ye TIAN

Miss Ye TIAN (田野) is now a PhD candidate at the Media and International Culture College of Zhejiang University. She graduated from Zhejiang University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Miss Tian was a visiting scholar at the Department of Communication Arts of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 and 2016. Before coming to the Confucius Institute, Miss Tian trained to be a Chinese teacher. She loves her job and values creativity and a proactive attitude in the working environment. In her leisure time Miss Tian plays the drums and jogs and swims.

Miss Yutian WANG

Miss Yutian WANG (王雨恬) is a postgraduate student from Zhejiang University, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Her interests include singing and exercise. She is passionate about teaching Chinese and looks forward to contributing to cultural exchanges between China and Australia.

Miss Youting WU

Miss Youting WU (吴优亭) is a postgraduate student from Zhejiang University, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Her interests are playing guitar, singing, hosting and broadcasting. She is passionate about teaching Chinese and looks forward to contributing to cultural exchanges between China and Australia.

Miss Ziyu XIONG

Miss Ziyu XIONG (熊子瑜) is a postgraduate student from Ocean University of China, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). She has experience teaching Chinese and is also good at playing guitar and the Chinese guzheng. She has spent a long time travelling around China and has an in-depth understanding of Chinese culture. With a passionate heart, she always finds joy in teaching and making new friends.

Miss Yunlu XUE

Miss Yunlu XUE (薛云璐) is a postgraduate student from Zhejiang University, majoring in world history. She graduated from Zhejiang University in 2016 with a Bachelor in History. She was an exchange student at the Department of History of the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Miss Xue enjoys paper-cutting and Chinese knotting. She is passionate about teaching and looks forward to assisting teaching Chinese language and sharing Chinese culture in WA.

Miss Hang YU

Miss Hang YU (于航) graduated from Northeast Normal University in 2012, majoring in sports and sociology, and is now a graduate student majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Her research is in the area of cross-cultural communication. Miss Yu loves Chinese culture and has a range of interests including Chinese painting, calligraphy, paper-cutting, seal cutting and Chinese Kung Fu. She now works as a volunteer teacher at Mount Lawley Senior High School and at Wesley College.

Miss Songting YU

Miss Songting YU (于淞汀) graduated from Jilin Normal University in 2012, majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and is now a postgraduate student majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). She began learning traditional Chinese calligraphy when she was five years old. Between September 2014 and June 2015, she was a tutor at the international exchange college in Siping, Jilin province, tutoring South Korean students advanced level grammar and listening. From March 2017 to October 2017, she taught students from Pakistan conversational Chinese at Changchun University of Chinese Medicine. She loves her job and has a proactive attitude in the working environment.

Miss Meng ZHA

Miss Meng ZHA (查蒙) is a postgraduate student at Zhejiang University, majoring in food engineering. Her interests includes tea art, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about volunteering and enjoys spending time with children. She looks forward to contributing to cultural exchanges between China and Australia.

Miss Qiuyi ZHANG

Miss Qiuyi ZHANG (张秋逸) is a postgraduate student from Zhejiang University, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Miss Zhang loves Chinese culture and has a range of interests including Chinese painting, paper-cutting and playing the Chinese bamboo flute. In 2017 she worked at Duncraig SHS and Hale School as a Chinese volunteer teacher. She looks forward to contributing to the promotion of Chinese language and culture in WA.

Miss Shuping ZHANG

Miss Shuping ZHANG (张姝萍) is a postgraduate student from Zhejiang University, majoring in Tea Science. She graduated from Zhejiang University in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Tea Science and also holds an advanced qualification in the field. Miss Zhang is friendly and easy-going. She is passionate about teaching and looks forward to assisting with Chinese language teaching and sharing Chinese culture in WA.

Miss Lin ZHU

Miss Lin ZHU (朱琳) is a postgraduate student from Ocean University of China, Shandong province, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. Her research is in cross-cultural communication. Miss Zhu is passionate about teaching Chinese and looks forward to contributing to cultural exchanges between China and Australia. Her interests include traditional Chinese painting, photography and Chinese cooking.

Miss Yiwei ZHU

Miss Yiwei ZHU (朱意炜) holds a MA in Chinese Philology Linguistics and a BA in Classical Chinese Documentation from Zhejiang University. She is knowledgeable on the history of the Chinese language and has a passion for teaching it as a second language. Miss Zhu is skilled in calligraphy and has a range of interests in the fine arts, including Chinese paper-cutting and knotting. She has pursued her hobbies of reading, writing and travelling for many years. She now looks forward to contributing to the promotion of Chinese language and culture in WA.

Miss Yixuan ZOU

Miss Yixuan ZOU (邹艺轩) received her Master's degree in Animal Science from Zhejiang University. Miss Zou enjoys Chinese culture and is passionate about Chinese teaching. Her interests include reading, Chinese knotting and playing the erhu - a tradional Chinese instrument. She looks forward to making a contribution to cultural communication between China and Australia.