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The Confucius Institute


We have staff from varied backgrounds who all bring their own experience and strengths to the team.

Dr Ying ZHENG, Director

Ying is the UK Director of the Confucius Institute. She is also an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities. Before joining the University of Southampton in 2013, Ying worked as a Psychometrician and Director of Research (2009-2013) in the Language Testing Division of Pearson, London, a world leading multinational education company. She obtained her MEd (2005) and PhD (2009) in Cognitive Studies from Queen's University, Canada, specializing in Second Language Testing and Assessment. Ying’s university webpage can be found here .  


Telephone: +44 (0) 23 8059 7650

Dr. Fang ZHOU, CI Chinese Director

Fang obtained her PhD in Chinese Linguistics and Philology from Beijing University in 2006, specializing in Mandarin Chinese grammar, language teaching and learning, Chinese teaching resources development, professional development and training. Before joining the CI in 2016, Fang worked as a senior teaching fellow at Jilin University (1993-2002), a project manager at CI Headquarters in Beijing (2002-2005), a senior editor at Higher Education Press (2006-2014), a teaching resources designer at the Open University of China (2014-2016).


Telephone: +44 (0) 23 8059 9311

 Ms. Ying FU, CI Core teacher

Ying is the Core Teacher of the Confucius Institute and also a Senior Teaching Fellow in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. She has worked in the UK higher education sector for 18 years before joining the UoS in 2016. The universities and institutions she has worked for include Imperial College London (2014-2016), King’s College London (2007-2013), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2003-2007), University of Cambridge (2000-2003) and University of Westminster (2013-2014, 1998-2000). Ying obtained her MA in Bilingual Translation at the University of Westminster in 1998 and PG Diploma in TESL at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 1990. Her specialities and research interests are in the area of teaching Chinese as a foreign language and translation.


Telephone: +44 (0) 23 8059 2221

Ms. Siqi YANG, CI Chinese Teacher

Siqi received her Bachelor’s degree from South China Normal University in 2014, majoring in English Education. She worked as an English teacher in a primary school for 3 years and she joined CI University of Southampton as a qualified Mandarin teacher in September 2017. Her main responsibilities are to deliver Chinese teaching and run workshops in 8 local schools in Somerset area.


Telephone: +44 7599 919657

Ms. Hongjing LI, CI Chinese Teacher

Hongjing received her Bachelor’s degree from Southwest University in 2014, majoring in Chinese Language and Literature. She worked as a Chinese teacher in a primary school for 3 years and joined CI University of Southampton as a qualified Mandarin teacher in September 2017. Her main responsibility is to teach Mandarin in Somerset schools.














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