Managerial Staff

Professor Yinong Xu

PhD (Edinburgh); MArch (Tsinghua); BArch (Tsinghua)

Professor Yinong Xu was educated at Tsinghua University, China, and the University of Edinburgh, the United Kingdom. He had taught Chinese architecture and urbanism at Brown University for two years before his employment at the University of New South Wales, where he has concentrated on teaching architectural history and theory, architectural design and architectural communications, while intensively devoting himself to cross-cultural and inter-institutional engagement in both educational and institutional development. Yinong has authored one scholarly book and numerous book chapters and articles for international refereed journals and conferences. His main areas of interest in research include architectural history, urban history, garden history, time and memory in architecture, and architectural and pictorial space, all of which have been approached from cross-cultural perspectives.

Professor Wang was educated at Harbin Normal University, receiving a BA in Education and an MA in English Literature. His passion for cross cultural communication and the English language resulted in him working for 2 years in Canada and the US. In 2010 Professor Wang was appointed as associate Professor at Harbin Normal University.

Tony joined CITCM in 2014 as Co-Director. He particularly enjoys establishing relationships with local schools and developing the Mandarin teaching programme.

Dr Tingting Liu

PhD (Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine)

Dr. Tingting Liu finished her PhD in Acupuncture and Moxibustion from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in 2008. She has been teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in both China and abroad ever since, and engaging herself to international education and communication in TCM. She had been a lecturer for two and a half years in London South Bank University teaching for the Integrated Master Course in Acupuncture, and visited countries as Australia, Hungry, South Africa for academic activities. Over the last decade, Tingting had published more than ten academic papers and took part in the preparation of four academic books. Her research interests are international communication and development of TCM education and practice.

Yannan has always had a strong interest in promoting Chinese language, culture and wellbeing. During the last year of her BA studies, she was among the first group of teachers selected by the Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) to teach Mandarin as a foreign language in the Philippines.

After completing her MA in Second Language Education from De La Salle University-Manila, Yannan was appointed as a Lecturer at Shanghai University of Business and International Economics. Whilst teaching in Shanghai, she also worked for a Sino-British joint programme between her University and the University of Central Lancashire in the UK.

Yannan joined the Confucius Institute at London South Bank University in June 2010, where she has worked extensively and successfully with parliament, local councils, business organisations, companies, schools, and a variety of communities through her work at the Confucius Institute.

Ms Jiaqi Feng Guo

BA (Beijing Foreign Studies University); MA (SOAS); Mphil (Cambridge)

Jiaqi is from Yanbian, a Korean autonomous region in the northeast of China, bordering Russia and North Korea. Having grown up in a bilingual environment, where both Mandarin Chinese and Korea are spoken, she developed an interest in languages from an early age.

She studied English for her undergraduate, holds a MA in Chinese studies from SOAS, University of London and an MPhil in Research in Second Language Education, University of Cambridge.

She has taught Chinese as a foreign language for 10 years and has had the privilege to have taught at institutions including University of Cambridge, Imperial College and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Her research interests are instructed second language learning, computer-assisted language learning, corpus linguistics, comparative linguistics and translation.

Ms Caroline Brewster

From a young age Caroline has been captivated by China's rich and vibrant culture. It was therefor a natural decision to move to China after graduating from Durham University in 2013. Her time in China was spent working as a British Council English Language Assistant in Guicheng Middle School, Foshan, Guangdong. Whilst living in Foshan her passion for Chinese language and culture developed further and this stimulated her decision to study Mandarin at Tsinghua University, Beijing. After returning from China she worked at a Confucius Institute in Leicester before moving to London to take on her role as Project Manager at CITCM.

Caroline loves the level of cultural exchange which she experiences everyday at work! She enjoys learning something new everyday and sharing this knowledge with others. She hopes that the work of the Confucius Institute will help many students embark on a similar life enriching journey.

Ms Helen Yang Han


Helen received her MATESOL from the University of Canberra and her BA from Harbin Normal University, China. She has extensive experience in teaching English, Mathematics and Mandarin Chinese across all age groups. Helen is committed to promoting Chinese language and culture in the UK and believes that the sharing of good practice can benefit teachers and students from both countries. She has translated a historical book, and has interpreted on several formal occasions. She has been working at her current post since September 2015.