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

John Zhang

John Zhang

Deputy (Chinese) Director

Prior to joining the Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle, John held a number of management positions as the Deputy Dean of the Undergraduate School and the Deputy Director of the International Office at Central China Normal University (CCNU), our Chinese partner university. John has more than 20 years of work experience in international education.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master Diploma in English Language and Literature from CCNU.

Carol Huang

Carol Huang

Executive Officer

Carol admires many dedicated students who would take the initiative to learn a second language. She takes pride in serving and supporting them studying with the Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle. She is responsible for three key portfolios of finance management, risk and compliance, and marketing and administration.

Before joining the University, Carol worked at Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales in research projects on renewable energies. She also has over 10 years’ experience with international banks in both China and Australia.

Carol holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (China).

Amber Liu

Amber Liu

Chinese Instructor

Amber Liu (Yuqing Liu) teaches Chinese language at the Confucius Institute, the University of Newcastle. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree both in “Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages” from Central China Normal University. Amber has previously worked as a part-time Chinese teacher in Wuhan Experimental Boarding High School in China.

Amber is experienced in Chinese language teaching whilst she also enjoys Chinese calligraphy, tea art, Tai Chi, etc.

April Li

April Li

Chinese Instructor

April Li (Yashu Li) teaches Chinese language at the Confucius Institute, the University of Newcastle. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in “Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages” from Central China Normal University. She is experienced in both face-to-face and online teaching for international students. April has taught Chinese language courses and cultural courses to students at the University of Memphis, USA through a Chinese learning program. She has also delivered Chinese classes online to Greek students.

April loves traveling and making friends with people from different backgrounds. She also enjoys swimming and playing badminton.

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