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.

Yan Pin (Ellen) Wang

Administration and student services

Ms Yan Wang manages the administration and student services of the Confucius Institute, provides support to the Director and assists in promotion of Sino-Australian cultural exchange.

Before joining the UON, Ms Wang worked for local government, and prior to that, the NSW Dept. of Education in multiple roles. Ms Wang has had over 20 years’ experience in working with people from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and developing partnerships with government and non-government agencies at different levels.

Ms Wang holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) from Shanghai University and a Graduate Diploma in Education from UNE. She is also a qualified interpreter between Mandarin and English, accredited by the Australian National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI Level 3)

Jenny Qiu

Jenny Qiu

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.

Lucy Li

Lucy Li

Chinese Instructor

Lucy Li teaches Chinese language at the Confucius Institute. She holds a master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Central China Normal University. She also has two bachelor’s degrees in Primary Education and Business Administration.

Li Lu has been trained to be a good teacher in Xingzhi experimental class. She has been working as a part-time Chinese teacher in two college schools. Lucy likes making friends with people from different ages and cultural backgrounds. She enjoys Chinese classical literature and also likes sports such as running, dancing, playing table tennis and badminton.

Cherry Zhao

Cherry Zhao

Instructor

Cherry teaches Chinese language at the Confucius Institute. She has a bachelor's degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Guilin University of Electronic and Technology and a master's degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Central China Normal University.

Cherry once worked as an intern Chinese language teacher in Thailand primary school. She loves teaching Chinese language and making Chinese food especially making dumping. She is also interested in Chinese culture and sports, such as Chinese martial arts, table tennis and badminton, and she enjoys making friends from different countries and cultural backgrounds.

Linda Wang

Linda Wang

Chinese Instructor

Linda has a doctor’s degree from Central China Normal University and she is interested in syntax, comparative linguistics, and second language acquisition. She has been working as a language teacher at our partner university Central China Normal University since 2012 and has the experience of teaching both English and Chinese.

Prior to joining the Institute, she taught Modern Chinese to majors and English to non-majors at Central China Normal University.

Sophia Xu

Sophia Xu

Chinese Instructor

Sophia teaches Chinese language courses at our Confucius Classroom at Whitebridge High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature and is undertaking a master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Central China Normal University (CCNU).

She is interested in teaching Chinese and enjoys communicating with people from different cultures. Prior to joining the Confucius Institute, she taught Chinese to foreign students in the CCNU and organised some Chinese Culture Experience Activities.