Staff Profiles

Ms Xing Jin

General Manager

Xing Jin

Xing Jin is an award-winning market and program development specialist with more than 15 years experience in the field of community engagement and cross cultural communications. Xing's career has ranged from market development specialist in the arts and cultural industries, to community engagement consultancy with large corporate firms. Xing regularly consults on China-related concerts, exhibitions and events. Before joining the Confucius Institute, Xing was the Audience Development Manager at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2007. Xing's diverse Australian client experience includes the Sydney Opera House, Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Theatre of Image, Music Films Distribution, Telstra, Qantas and Medibank Private.

Xing Jin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature, a Master of Arts in Communication Management and a Diploma of Education. Xing is also an experienced Chinese language teacher. Her Australian teaching experience has ranged from taking high school HSC Chinese classes to giving lectures at universities and vocational colleges, which has provided her with a deep understanding of Chinese language teaching. Xing Jin brings a wealth of administrative, program development and market communication experience to the Confucius Institute.


Jessica Ji

Chinese Language Teacher

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Jessica Ji was selected by the Confucius Institute Headquarters of China to assist Chinese language teaching at the University of Sydney Confucius Institute. She is an experienced Chinese language instructor at Fudan University, China with extensive Chinese language teaching experience. She has taught at Nottingham University Confucius Institute in the U.K. and State University of New York at Albany in America. Ms Ji is experienced of teaching Chinese to non-Chinese speaking background students of all levels and ages, upholding a student-centered pedagogy while adopting a flexible teaching approach with respect to students' varied learning needs and styles. She is also adept at combining Chinese language teaching with Chinese culture to enhance the classroom experience. As an intercultural communicator, she takes delight in sharing her own understanding of Chinese language and culture with people from various backgrounds, as well as learning from their cultures.

Xiaojing holds a B.A in Chinese as a Foreign Language from Shanghai International Studies University and a Master in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Fudan University.


Xinmin Liu

Chinese Language Teacher

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Xinmin Liu received his PhD in Chinese Language from Fudan University in 2001, China. He is a professor and the director of Chinese Department in International Cultural Exchange School at Fudan University. Liu is currently a Chinese teacher of Confucius Institute.

Dr. Liu has been working as a teacher of TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) for over 20 years and have many experiences of teaching Chinese language in both China and other countries. He was invited to work as a Chinese Lecturer in Germany (Free University of Berlin), Japan, South Korean and Singapore for many times. As an expert of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Liu has also been involved in the training of Chinese teachers in Sweden and Singapore.

Dr. Liu’s research interests include Modern Chinese Language and Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) and he has published many books and articles in these areas. His major publications include: Language and Language Teaching (Ningxia People’s Press, 2005); The Research of Sentence Generation of Modern Chinese Language (East China Normal University Press, 2005); Researches on Chinese Word Order from '80s (Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies, No.5 2001); An Experimental Study on Word Association and Word Extraction in the Mental Lexicon of Korean Chinese Language Learners (Chinese Language and Chinese literature, No 56, 2013)


Ying Li Sun

Chinese Language Teacher

Ying Li Sun

Yingli Sun holds a PhD in Chinese literature from the department of Chinese language and literature, Peking University, China. She also obtained both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English language and literature in China.

Yingli has a keen interest in Chinese language and culture, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and interest with others. She loves teaching and has taught Chinese language and culture courses at various levels, from total beginners to highly advanced professional Chinese. In addition to her teaching at the Confucius Institute, Yingli is currently teaching advanced Chinese courses at the School of International Studies, University of New South Wales.


Cheng-Wei Wang

Chinese Language Teacher

Cheng-Wei Wang

Cheng-Wei has gathered broad experience teaching Chinese in tertiary institutions. He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from UNSW, specialising in the field of Second Language Acquisition. He also possesses a Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from the U.S.

Cheng-Wei’s dynamic and engaging teaching style is based on his training and ardent belief in communicative language learning. He embraces state of the art technology within teaching practices and integrates learning materials into communicative tasks. He is sensitive to learners' zones of proximal development and alters his speaking and teaching style accordingly. His students are therefore able to strengthen their language competence and to keep motivated to continue the learning of Chinese in the long run.


June Su

Chinese Language Teacher

June Su

June Su has had fifteen years Chinese teaching experience covering a wide range of student ages and courses in both Australia and China. In addition to teaching at the Confucius Institute and Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney, June also teaches full- time high school Chinese for Background Speakers and English as a Second Language. June has taught Mandarin from beginners to advanced level and Chinese for Background Speakers at many schools across Sydney, such as Homebush Boys High, Meriden, Sydney Secondary College (Leichhardt), DET Saturday School of Community Languages and Inaburra School.

June holds degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching.


Sue Gong

Chinese Language Teacher

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Sue Gong holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from the Capital Normal University, Beijing, a Grad. Diploma in TEFL and a Masters of Education in TESOL from the University of Sydney, and a Grad. Diploma in Interpreting and Translation from the University of Western Sydney. Qui-xia has extensive teaching experience having taught secondary and tertiary students in Beijing and Sydney where she current teaches at the School of Community Languages.


Richard Niu

Chinese Martial Arts and Tai Ji Teacher

Richard Niu

Richard Niu has been teaching the Chinese Martial Arts course at the University of Sydney Confucius Institute since August 2011. Richard Niu was born in Hebei province, China in 1984. Richard began martial arts training at 6 years old. For many years, he has trained with the best martial arts teachers in China. Richard is a multi-awards winning Chinese martial arts master who has won numerous awards in international martial arts competitions between 2006 and 2009, including 2006 "Kung Fu Star" China National TV Competition, 2006 Macau Chinese Martial Arts International Competition, 2007 International Martial Arts Competition and 2009 Hong Kong International Kung Fu Competition.

In 2009, Richard graduated from the Hebei Normal University with a Master degree in Chinese Martial Arts Teaching. Richard believes that martial arts is a state of mind, people can improve their fitness and self-defence ability through learning kung fu movements and self-defence techniques.


Franz Chi Lik Cheung

Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Teacher

Franz Chi Lik Cheung

Franz Chi Lik Cheung is a Chinese artist from Hong Kong. He holds a degree of Master of Studio Art from the Sydney College of Art, USYD. Currently he is a teacher of Chinese Calligraphy & Painting, lectures in Chinese Art History at Macquarie University and is also a guest teacher at the Art Gallery of NSW. He has conducted workshops and short courses at numerous festivals, events and celebrations throughout Sydney in different venues such as art centres, schools and art societies.

Franz is currently the president of the Australian Oriental Calligraphy Society. His calligraphy appears in an Australian landscape album, Tranquil Waters, co-authored with Ian Carlson and published in 2005. He has also featured in a short film titled 4 Immeasurable produced by film maker Keith Johnson in 2009. He has had 4 solo exhibitions in Sydney since 2007 and has participated in numerous group calligraphy exhibitions both in Australia and in different countries overseas.


Board Members

Professor Duncan Ivison

Professor Duncan Ivison

Professor Duncan Ivison is the Chairman of the Board.

Professor Ivison completed his BA at McGill University in Montreal, and MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught at the University of Toronto, the University of York (UK) and been Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (2002-3). He is currently Professor of Political Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

Professor Ivison's research interests include political philosophy, the history of political thought and ethics. His books include: The Self at Liberty: Political Argument and the Arts of Government (Cornell UP, 1997); Postcolonial Liberalism (Cambridge UP, 2002); Rights (Acumen and McGill Queens Press, 2008); the Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism (2010) and (with Paul Patton and Will Sanders) Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Cambridge UP, 2002).


Professor Kerry Brown

Professor Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is the Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney. He is the Team Leader of the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) funded by the European Union and also, an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, London.

Brown was previously Head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House, London and a member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1998 to 2005, serving as First Secretary, British Embassy Beijing 2000-2003 and Head of the Indonesia and East Timor Section 2003-2005.

Educated at the Universities of Cambridge (MA) and Leeds (PhD), Brown is the author of 8 books on China, the most recent ones were: `Hu Jintao: China’s Silent Leader’ (2012) and `Contemporary China’ (2013). He is currently working on his new book `The Networked Leadership: China’s Fifth Generation Leaders’.


Sandra Meiras

Sandra Meiras

Sandra Meiras is the Director of the Office of Global Engagement at the University of Sydney. Sandra has extensive knowledge of higher education management and has held management appointments in universities’ central portfolios and faculties. Her professional focus has been in the areas of international strategy development and planning, faculty administration and academic administration, including course and program development. Sandra’s interests include international education, and program management and development in Latin America. She holds an undergraduate degree in science and a Master of Education (Honours). Her thesis investigated the impact of international education on Australian universities. She is a member of the Council on Australian Latin America Relations Education Action Group (COALAR EAG), has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC) and is an adjunct faculty member at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College, USA. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a tertiary education mentor in the Smith Family Mentoring Program. She has been a member on charity boards and is fluent in Spanish.


Dr Minshen Zhu

Dr Minshen Zhu

Dr Minshen Zhu received his BA from Fudan University in 1982 and his PhD from ANU 1989 specialising in Chinese Linguistics, Ancient Characters and Calligraphy. He was a Visiting Fellow at ANU, and was invited for a similar appointment to Harvard University in 1988 and as a Research Associate to UC Berkeley in 1989. His major publications include: The University Course of Chinese Calligraphy (1985), [i]The Shanghai Dissertations[/i] (three volumes, 1996-2000) and [i]The Shuowen Jiezi, the Dawn of Studies of the Ancient Characters[/i] (1999).

Dr Zhu is a Senior Adviser (China) to the Vice President International.


Professor Zhu Chouwen

Professor Zhu Chouwen

Dr. Zhu Chouwen MD, MSc is the Director of Fudan University's Foreign Affairs Office, responsible for promoting international cooperative programmes and projects at Fudan University.
Dr. Zhu has also been involved in the development of the Confucius Institutes of Fudan University since 2006. He has worked closely with the School of International Culture Exchanges. In August 2012, he was appointed as the Director of the newly reconstructed Office of Confucius Institute Affairs.
A specialist in Gastroenterology, Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-based Medicine, Dr Zhu is also Director of Fudan University’s China Medical Board Affairs.