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 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 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.


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.


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 Kathy Belov

Professor Kathy Belov

Professor Kathy Belov is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Sydney. In this position she takes responsibility for managing the development and execution of the University’s global engagement strategy. Key priorities are the development of the capacity of academic and professional staff to support international student learning and international research collaborations, and to achieve educational excellence in the international arena. She also promotes the University’s position in the international academic and research community, and identifies and enables strategic opportunities for partnership and collaboration in research and education.

Professor Belov’s research is based in the Faculty of Veterinary Science and her focus is on comparative genomics and immunogenetics of Australian wildlife. Her team studies Tasmanian devils, koalas, wallabies, platypus and many other species. She has received two Eureka awards, the Crozier medal and the Fenner medal for her research.


Professor Luigi Tomba

Professor Luigi Tomba

Luigi joined the University of Sydney in January 2017 as the Director of China Studies Centre. He was previously the Associate Director of The Australian Centre on China in the World based in Australian National University. Born and educated in Italy, Luigi is a political scientist with almost three decades of China experience, having visited China for the first time in 1988. He has been teaching and researching Chinese politics and society at the ANU for the last fifteen years. His work covers many aspects of China’s political and social change, with a particular interest in the consequences of China’s urbanisation on its society and governance. His latest book on urban neighbourhood life and politics (The Government Next Door. Neighbourhood Politics in Urban China) was published by Cornell University Press in 2014 and was honoured by the American Association for Asian studies as the best book on post-1900 China with the 2016 Joseph Levenson prize.


Professor Yixu Lu

Professor Yixu Lu

After obtaining her BA from the Peking University, Yixu Lu spent seven years as a postgraduate at the Universität Regensburg, Germany, specialising in German Literature and Modern European history. She came to Australia as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and has taught at the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne and UTS. She has been a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (2002, 2008, 2012) and held a guest professorship at the Chinese Ocean University, Qingdao (2007-2009). She was awarded the Jakob und Wilhelm Grimm-Preis for her distinguished contribution to research, teaching and international collaboration in German Studies by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) in 2014.


Professor Yingjie Guo

Professor Yingjie Guo

Yingjie Guo is Professor in Chinese Studies. He received his BA and MA from Shanghai International Studies University, China and PhD from the University of Tasmania, Australia. His research focuses on China's cultural nationalism and Chinese cultural identities, and the discourse of class in post-Mao China. He is the author of Cultural Nationalism in Contemporary China: Searching for National identity under Reform, co-author of Nationalism, National Identity and Democratization in China, co-editor of Unequal China: Political Economy and Culture Politics, and editor of Handbook of Class and Stratification in the People’s Republic of China and Local Elites in Post-Mao China (forthcoming).


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).


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.