Staff

Our staff

Management Team

Associate Professor Ying JIANG, Director (Maggie Jiang)

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 Business 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

Ms Xiaofang HUANG, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Xiaofang Huang (黄晓芳) 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 (李娜) 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 (潘艳) 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. She is now teaching at the Confucius Institute at UWA in Perth after spending last year teaching in Bunbury.

Ms Ping SU, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Ping Su (苏萍) graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in 2016 with a Master's degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Before teaching in Australia, she taught Chinese at universities in Brazil and Indonesia.  Many of her former overseas students are now studying Chinese in China. Ms Su is outgoing and easy-going. She is interested in many aspects of Chinese culture, particularly Chinese papercutting and table tennis.  In the free time, Ms Su enjoys reading, traveling and making friends. She looks forward to showing her new students in WA that Chinese can be easy to learn.

Ms Min XIAO, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Min Xiao (肖敏) received her BA in English Teaching in 2013 and gained her MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Sichuan University in 2016.  From 2015 to 2017, Ms Xiao worked as a Chinese volunteer teacher at a secondary school in Thailand. From 2017 to 2018 she worked in the Chinese Immersion Program at South Fork in the United States. Ms Xiao greatly enjoys sharing her interest in Chinese language and culture with anyone who wishes to learn.

Ms Jieli ZHAO, Chinese Language Teacher

Ms Jieli Zhao (赵杰丽 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 works in Bunbury as a Chinese teacher for the Confucius Institute at UWA.

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 (Sherry Cao)

Miss Xueying CAO (曹雪莹) has been learning various Chinese traditional martial arts since she was seven years old. As a child, Miss Cao was often sick and her father encouraged her to learn martial arts as a way of improving her health – although her own preference was actually for soccer. She initially attended a specialist martial arts primary school and then began learning Tai Chi in middle school when she was 14. While at university Miss Cao continued to practice, rising early for a 5am class on most days. Although the relatively gentle Yang style of Tai Chi is the most well-known, Miss Cao prefers the more athletic and physically difficult Chen style. In 2014, Miss Cao graduated from Shanghai University of Sport with a Master of Wushu and Traditional Sports. As part of her studies, she took part in a project at the University of Tennessee which used Tai Chi to better understand osteoarthritis of the knee. Miss Cao is currently a PhD candidate at the Education College of Zhejiang University.

Miss Beibei CHEN

Miss Beibei CHEN (陈蓓蓓) is a postgraduate student from Central China Normal University, Hubei Province, majoring in Chinese Philology. Her interests include running, reading and tea art. She is curious about other cultures and is interested in the different styles of living and values held by people who live in different countries. She therefore really enjoys the interaction she has with her students. In her view, helping Australians and Chinese people know more about each other will be challenging but fulfilling. She previously spent two months as a Chinese teacher and assistant class teacher in a middle school in Guangzhou.

Miss Cong CHEN (Stephanie Chen)

Miss Cong CHEN (陈聪)is a postgraduate student from South China Normal University, Guangzhou, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Language (TCSOL). Miss Chen was born in Quzhou, Zhejiang Province, which is the second hometown of descendants of Confucius. From June 2016 to March 2017 she worked as a volunteer Chinese teacher at a secondary school in the Philippines – a position she greatly enjoyed. Last year Miss Chen was involved with a summer camp for overseas Chinese youth. She has previously given lessons in English nursery rhymes and Chinese writing to primary school aged children, and has also been a Chinese tutor to a Korean child. Her hobbies include traveling, badminton, swimming, cooking, photography and calligraphy. Miss Chen hopes that while in WA she will help enhance understanding and friendly relationships between the peoples of Australia and China.

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 Chunrui DU (Mariana Du)

Miss Chunrui Du (杜春锐) is a postgraduate student from Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Tianjin, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Last year she taught Chinese to overseas students undertaking summer classes. Her hobbies include dancing, traveling, exercising, cooking, reading and writing. She also practices baduanjin style qigong. Miss Du enjoys teaching Chinese and the interaction she has with her students. It is very important to her to help Australian and Chinese people learn more about each other.

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 Jiayu HAN

Miss Jiayu HAN(韩佳煜)is a postgraduate student majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages at Minzu University of China in Beijing. Miss Han is an accomplished pianist and also enjoys playing the guzheng (Chinese zither). Her other hobbies include singing, painting, dancing, traveling, cooking and photography. Miss Han has the motivation and aptitude to master the concepts and skills of teaching Chinese, and the social skills to do it well. She is dedicated to promoting cultural exchange and believes that helping Australian and Chinese people to learn more about each other will be very enjoyable.

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 previous 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 Yedi HUANG

Miss Yedi HUANG (黄叶笛) is a postgraduate student at Yangzhou University, Jiangsu Province, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). She was previously a part-time Chinese language teacher at the College for Overseas Education of the same university. From 2015 to 2016 Miss Huang was a volunteer Chinese teacher in Thailand. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, watching movies, yoga, calligraphy and painting. She enjoys the interaction she has with her students and believes helping Australian and Chinese people learn more about each other will be very fulfilling.

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.

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 Na LI

Miss Na LI (李娜) is a postgraduate student at Tianjin Foreign Studies University majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). While at university, Miss Li also taught Chinese to overseas students from the United States, Scotland and Thailand. She enjoys teaching and interacting with her students. Miss Li is patient, easy-going and humorous. She likes playing table tennis, cutting paper and playing Chinese chess. Helping Australians and Chinese people learn more about each other is very meaningful to her.

Miss Wenzhu LI

Miss Wenzhu LI(李雯筑)is a postgraduate student from Central China Normal University, Wuhan, majoring in English Language and Literature. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in 2016, Miss Li spent a year as a volunteer teacher of English and Biology at a senior high school in Xinjiang Province, an experience she found both challenging and fulfilling. She has also taught English to primary and middle school students. Her hobbies include handicrafts, cooking, traveling, badminton, writing, reading and photography. Miss Li has been awarded several prizes for her skills in translation and interpreting. She is an industrious, proactive person who will strive to play a valuable role in the field of Chinese language teaching while in Australia.

Miss Xiang LI

Miss Xiang LI (李想) is a postgraduate student from Zhejiang University of Technology and Education in Hangzhou, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). She has previously worked as an assistant teacher at a secondary school. Her interests include dancing, playing the violin, swimming, skating and calligraphy. She is passionate about teaching Chinese and long ago knew she wanted to teach abroad. Miss Li aims to bring her enthusiasm and energy for teaching to her work in Australia.

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 worked as a Chinese teaching assistant at Geraldton Grammar School last year and now serves as a Chinese volunteer teacher at Great Southern Grammar and Australian Christian College in Albany, where she assists with Chinese teaching and the sharing of Chinese culture.

Miss Qi LIU

Miss Qi LIU(刘琪)is a Master’s student at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. Her interests include traditional Chinese music and cuisine. Miss Liu has extensive experience in Chinese international education in mainland China and considers Chinese language education a very important career. She looks forward to helping strengthen cultural connections between China and Australia.

Miss Nan LUO

Miss Nan LUO(罗男)is a postgraduate student from Central China Normal University, Wuhan, majoring in Applied Linguistics. Miss Luo has previously part-time teaching foreign students Chinese in China and has also worked as a teaching assistant at a training school. She has a range of interests including reading, drawing, traveling and playing the Pipa - a traditional Chinese instrument. Miss Luo is easy-going and open-minded. She really treasures the interaction she has with her students.

Miss Kaikai MA

Miss Kaikai MA (马凯凯) is a postgraduate student from Beijing Language and Culture University majoring in Linguistics. Miss Ma has previously worked in several positions teaching Chinese to primary-school aged children. Her hobbies include Huangmei Opera, traditional Chinese paper-cutting and Chinese cooking. Miss Ma enjoys working with children and teaching them Chinese. She looks forward to contributing to strengthening the interests of children in Chinese language and culture education and looks forward to helping Australian and Chinese people know each other better.

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 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 Zhanfeng WU

Miss Zhanfeng WU (伍占凤) is a postgraduate student at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Miss Wu, who speaks Spanish, was a volunteer teacher at the Confucius Institute at León University in Spain from 2016 to 2017. She has also previously taught Chinese at summer camps in the US, Mexico and the Philippines. Her hobbies include photography, traditional Chinese painting, Chinese tie-dye art, table tennis and cooking. Miss Wu really enjoys teaching and feels very fortunate that she is able to work in a field that offers her so much.

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 Junqing YAN

Miss Junqing YAN (闫俊卿) is a postgraduate student from Ocean University of China in Qingdao, Shandong Province, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. Miss Yan also speaks Korean and has previously worked as a Korean teacher and translator. She finds teaching Chinese very rewarding and greatly enjoys the interaction she has with her students. She believes teaching benefits teachers as well as students. Her interests include traditional Chinese calligraphy, badmington, Chinese cooking and Tai Chi.

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 Xiaowei ZHAO

Miss Xiaowei ZHAO(赵晓微) is a postgraduate student from the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, Shandong Province, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL). Miss Zhao has previously taught Chinese to primary, middle school and university students. She is interested in Chinese traditional culture, especially folk customs, and also enjoys body building, jogging, cooking and reading. Miss Zhao is a patient and lively teacher. Helping people find beauty in the Chinese language gives her great pleasure.

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 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.