Confucius Institute Staff

CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE

Our staff

Rhys Palmer

Rhys Palmer

´╗┐Director, Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle

rhys.palmer@newcastle.edu.au

Rhys Palmer leads the Institute in developing exchanges, collaborations, consultancies and partnerships with academic, community, business and government partners in Australia and China. Prior to his appointment as Director of the Confucius Institute, Rhys was involved in developing the University's strategic relationships and partnerships with China. He holds a Bachelor of Education, Master of Arts and Master of Marketing. Rhys is an Executive Member of the NSW Australian China Business Council and a proud alumnus of the University of Newcastle.


Jonathan Yi

Jonathan Yi

Deputy Director, Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle

jonathan.yi@newcastle.edu.au

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.


Yaqin Chen

Yaqin Chen (Maggie)

Chinese Instructor, Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle

yaqin.chen@newcastle.edu.au

Yaqin teaches Chinese language courses at the Confucius Institute. She has a master's degree in English Linguistics from Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou) and is interested in Systemic Functional Linguistics. She has been working as a language teacher at our partner university Central China Normal University since 2008 and has the experience of teaching both English and Chinese. Prior to joining the Institute, she taught English to non-majors at Central China Normal University.


Xiaoyu Ran

Xiaoyu Ran (Summer)

Chinese Instructor, Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle

xiaoyu.ran@newcastle.edu.au

Xiaoyu teaches Chinese language at the Confucius Institute. She has a bachelor's degree in TCFL (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) from Inner Mongolia Normal University and a master's degree in MTCSOL (Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) from Central China Normal University. Xiaoyu has been working as a part-time language teacher since 2012 in Hohhot and Wuhan. Prior to joining the Confucius Institute, she taught Chinese to overseas students at Central China Normal University.


Min Yuan (Julia)

Chinese Instructor, Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle

min.yuan@newcastle.edu.au

Min teaches Chinese language courses at the Confucius Institute. She has a bachelor's degree in Russian language from Dalian University of Foreign Languages and a master's degree in TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) from Central China Normal University. Min has been working as a part-time Chinese teacher since 2011. She previously taught Chinese in Russia and most recently at the College of International Cultural Exchange at Central China Normal University in China.


Shuoyu Liu (April)

Chinese Instructor, Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle

shuoyu.liu@newcastle.edu.au

Shuoyu teaches Chinese language courses at the Confucius Institute. She has a bachelor's degree in TCFL from Huanggang Normal University and a master's degree in MTCSOL from Central China Normal University. Shuoyu has been working as a part-time language teacher since 2014. Prior to joining the Confucius Institute, she taught Chinese to overseas students at the College of International Cultural Exchange at Central China Normal University.


Quibei fu

Qiubei Fu

Administration Officer, Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle

qiubei.fu@newcastle.edu.au

Qiubei manages the daily operations of the Institute and coordinates student enrolment, marketing and events of the Institute. She has double bachelor's degrees in Advertising and English from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and a masters' degree in Conference Interpreting from Macquarie University. She is also a NAATI accredited professional Mandarin/English interpreter. Previously Qiubei was the China Bureau Chief, managing multilingual news publishing and translation, at a financial newswire in Sydney.