The University of Newcastle, Australia

Our Staff

Cher Jones

Cher Jones

Director, Institution Relations (Greater China)

Ms Jones plays a leading role in the development and execution of the University of Newcastle’s Greater China Strategy, Confucius Institute operations management, and industry partnership and engagement.

Ms Jones joined the University from the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, where she was the Trade and Investment Commissioner and Senior Representative of New South Wales Government for South China and Hong Kong, based in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China.

She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise established during a diverse 25 -year career in the Australian public sector, international business, and research and development commercialisation.

Prior to her role with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Ms Jones was the Associate Director of the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group ‘ANZ’ Guangzhou Branch with responsibilities in corporate and institutional banking for large local corporations in South China. She also worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra contributing to the commercialisation of Australian intellectual property in biotechnology.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hong Kong, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and undertook a Master Degree of Public Policy with the Australian National University

Jonathan Yi

Jonathan Yi

Deputy Director

As Deputy Director Jonathan provides academic leadership to the Institute, overseeing our courses, study tours and schools' program, including the establishment of affiliated Confucius Classrooms in schools. Jonathan is an Associate Professor of English at Central China Normal University, our partner university in China.

Previously he was a visiting scholar and helped establish the very successful Confucius Institute at University of Kansas, USA. Jonathan has a Bachelor degree in English Language and Literature from Central China Normal University, a Masters degree in American Studies from University of Kansas, and 25 years of teaching experiences in tertiary institutions.

Hayley Elliott

Administration

Ms Elliott manages the administration of the Confucius Institute and UON Greater China and provides strategic support to the Director.

Before joining the University of Newcastle, Ms Elliott worked in Occupational Rehabilitation and Marketing, and prior to that, the not-for-profit sector managing volunteers. Ms Elliott has over 10 years’ experience working within community services, executive boards, education, rehabilitation, charities, business services and local government. Currently, she is the Regional Manager for Primary Ethics in the Newcastle City Region.

Ms Elliott holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations and Linguistics) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Newcastle.

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Tony Wang

Project Officer

Tony is the Project Officer at Confucius Institute and UON Greater China. He manages social media (WeChat - Chinese and English bilingual), provides high level administrative, analytical and organisational support, and implements projects and activities that are aligned with the Global Engagement and Partnerships strategic priorities.

Tony previously held the position of Research Assistant and Administrative Officer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery here at the University of Newcastle. He brings his extensive working experiences in industry partnership and project management to the role.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Electronics Engineering from Dalian University of Technology (China), a Master of Telecommunications Engineering from UNSW and a Master of Engineering Management from UTS.

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Jessie Zhen

Chinese Instructor

Jessie Zhen (Yu Zhen) teaches Chinese language at the Confucius Institute. She has a Bachelor's degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Hunan Normal University and a Master's degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Central China Normal University.

Jessie has been working as a part-time Chinese teacher in two college schools. She loves teaching Chinese language and enjoys making friends from different countries and cultural backgrounds. Jessie enjoys Chinese classical literature and also likes sports such as running, swimming, playing table tennis and badminton.

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Stella Wang

Chinese Instructor

Stella Wang (Xueqi Wang) teaches Chinese language at the Confucius Institute. She holds a Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Central China Normal University and a Bachelor’s degree in British Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University.

Stella Wang is experienced in Chinese language teaching and has been a full time teacher of Princeton in Beijing. She enjoys photography and broadcasting and making friends with multi-cultural people.

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Stella Duan

Chinese Instructor

Stella Duan (Xiaofan Duan) teaches Chinese language at the Confucius Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Xiangtan University and a Master’s degree in Language Education from Central China Normal University.

Stella Duan has worked as a part-time language teacher in primary schools and senior high schools in China. She has been trained to be an experienced Chinese teacher. She likes the traditional Chinese culture of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese paintings, and loves exploring the differences and similarities of different languages. In her spare time she enjoys running, playing badminton and table tennis.