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.
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 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.
Kelly teaches Chinese language at the Confucius Institute.She has a bachelor's degree in TCFL(Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) from Hubei University of Science and Technology and a master's degree in MTCSOL(Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) from Central China Normal University. She is interested in cross-cultural communication and classroom practice in teaching Chinese as a second language. She has been working as a Chinese teacher at Central China Normal University since 2014.
Lydia Yang holds a Bachelor of Arts in Translation and a Master of Arts in EnglishLanguage and Literature from Central China Normal University. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Wuhan University. Lydia has a keen interest in Chinese language and culture, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and interest with others. She loves teaching and has taught many people from different age and cultural background. Prior to joining the Confucius Institute, she taught IELTS courses in Wuhan and Beijing.
Sophia teaches Chinese language courses at our Confucius Classroom at Whitebridge High. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Hunan Agriculture University and is undertaking a master's degree in Translation and Interpretation. Yijing had been working as an English teacher in a middle school and then a vocational school for 1.5 years. Prior to joining the Confucius Institute, she taught Chinese to overseas students at a summer camp in Zhuzhou.
Bowen teaches Chinese language at the Confucius Institute. She has a bachelor's degree in Business English from Hankou University and a master's degree in translation and interpreting from Central China Normal University. Bowen has been working as a part-time language teacher in Wuhan since 2013. Prior to joining the Confucius Institute, she taught Chinese to overseas students at Central China Normal University.
Tai Chi Instructor
Jenny has been practising Tai Chi for 15 years, specialised in Yang Style Tai Chi, Tai Chi Sword and Tai Chi Fan. She was trained in China and was a member of the Wuhan Tai Chi Association. Before moving to Australia, She worked as a hospital nurse and a nursing teacher for 38 years. She has a special interest in health and wellbeing and is keen to share her passion with like-minded people.
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.