Staff Profiles

Ms Xing Jin

Executive Director

Xing Jin

Xing Jin is Executive Director of the Confucius Institute. She is an award-winning program and market development expert. Xing's career has ranged from overseeing programs around market development, consumer engagement and product design to major international relations projects. Xing's diverse Australian client experience includes work with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Australia Council for the Arts and Qantas.

Xing Jin joined the Confucius Institute in 2008 and has been the Head of the Institute since 2012. Over that time she has overseen the growth of its language courses, which serve thousands of people living in Sydney. The Institute’s public reach has also expanded with the introduction of an annual calendar of events featuring leading Australian and Chinese artists, academics and commentators.

As an educator, Xing has lectured on topics including Chinese cultural awareness and business etiquette, arts marketing and community engagement. Xing holds a Master of Arts in Communication Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature, and a Diploma of Education. Xing is also a dedicated arts reviewer and author.

Xing is a highly sought-after advisor on community engagement, market development and China relations. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australia-China Business Council NSW, and the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Committee.


Jessica Ji

Chinese Language Coordinator

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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.


Cathy Chen

Chinese Language Teacher

Cathy Chen

Cathy (Shuang) Chen has extensive language teaching experience in both Australia and China. Cathy’s teaching experience includes teaching Chinese to non-native speaking adults in China and also teaching English in the Beijing Foreign Studies University, China. Cathy is very experienced in providing corporate training to senior executives with international organisations.

Cathy was born and grew up in Beijing which puts her at an advantage of possessing the most standard pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese. Cathy has taught Chinese from beginners to advanced levels. She understands the specific challenges for adult learners and is able to use varied teaching methods to keep her students engaged and motivated. Her class is interactive, personal and easy to follow.

Cathy holds a Master degree in TESOL from UNSW and a Bachelor degree in English Language and Literature from Capital Normal University in China.


Stella (Xiaowei) Wang

Chinese Language Teacher

Stella (Xiaowei) Wang

Stella (Xiaowei) Wang is an enthusiastic teacher who has taught Mandarin in a number of language schools throughout Sydney, as well as in several international schools in Beijing. Her years of teaching experience covers all levels, all ages, and includes professional corporate training. With her passion for sharing Mandarin language and Chinese culture, she loves to see her students' abilities and confidence grow. Stella works hard to make her classes interactive and relevant, going above and beyond to ensure that her students can apply their knowledge to everyday situations.

Stella holds both a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Law degree from Renmin University in Beijing, China, plus a Master degree of International Communication from Macquarie University. Through her university career and her cross-cultural experience, Stella developed an appreciation for all facets of communication, including languages. This experience, combined with her life-long love for sharing knowledge, led her to a career in language teaching. She has since obtained a Certificate IV in LOTE Teaching (Languages Other Than English – Mandarin) from UNSW.


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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Ms. Sue (Qiu-xia) Gong has over twenty years' Chinese teaching experience spanning a wide range of student backgrounds and ages in Australia and China. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in teaching Chinese Language from the Capital Normal University, Beijing. After migrating to Australia, Sue obtained a Masters of Education in TESOL and a Postgraduate Diploma in TEFL from the University of Sydney. Sue is also a qualified translator.

Sue Gong is one of the most distinguished Chinese language teachers at the Centre for Continuing Education and The University of Sydney Confucius Institute, who continually receives positive feedback and excellent student retention rates. Sue is adept at teaching various levels of Chinese and actively learns new techniques and updates course content attuned to teaching developments and trends. Due to her dedicated, encouraging and patient teaching style many of her students continue learning Chinese and have received the Confucius Institute’s China study tour scholarship.


Lian Liu

Chinese Language Teacher

Lian Liu

Lian Liu has extensive experience working as a language teacher and researcher, and has worked in several universities in China and Australia. She has taught language and literacy, second language acquisition, English, and theory and practice of language teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for ten years. She is currently teaching Chinese at School of Languages and Cultures, the University of Sydney.

Lian has comprehensive knowledge of language learning and research in both classroom and adult learning settings. She has publications in the areas of teaching reading comprehension, applying genre analysis in teaching of writing and cross cultural discourse analysis.

Lian Liu holds a Bachelor in English and Language Literacy, and a Master in Education.


Dr Tianli Zu

Chinese Art Teacher

Dr Tianli Zu

Tianli Zu is a contemporary multimedia artist. Her art practice integrates technology and the handmade, drawing on Chinese culture and history. She uses an interdisciplinary process of intuitive hand cut paper objects, animation and cinematic projection to engage with complex social phenomena.

Dr Zu is also an accomplished portrait painter and an installation artist. She was a finalist in the 2015 Archibald Prize with her portrait of the former Art Gallery ofNSWDirector Edmund Capon. In 2016 her painting of Penny Wong won the People’s Choice Award at the Salon des Refusés. In 2017 her pentatonic rooster and giant ox lanterns were displayed in the City of Sydney’s Lunar Lanterns exhibition.

Tianli Zu obtained a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and PhD from the Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing, China.
Tianli Zu has been deliivering the Introduction to the Chinese Art course at the Confucius Institute since January 2017.


Pauline Z. Huang

Tai ji Teacher

Pauline Z. Huang

Pauline has dedicated herself for years to Tai Ji, an exercise which gives action to thought and, as a philosophy, gives thought to action.

She has travelled to China and Japan regularly undergoing rigorous training regimes with her Chinese masters. She is particularly proficient in the Wu Style, which emphasises harmonious self-development in the psychological and philosophical aspects of Tai Ji through subtle body movements.

Pauline’s personal vision is to introduce Tai Ji, the ancient art still relevant to the needs of today’s community, to help students attain controlled energy, sustained vitality, flexibility, intrinsic strength, regulated disposition and calm. She believes that to achieve these goals, one has to avoid extremes - and that equilibrium is the key.

A former journalist, language teacher and qualified interpreter/translator Pauline possesses excellent communications skills. She augments her Tai Ji practice with a background of qi gong, yoga and gym training,


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.