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Managerial Staff Profiles
Back row (l-r) Linlin Lu, Grace Wang, Shirley Zheng, Luna Tai, Masa Zhang, Ying Meng, Ping Jiang.
Front row (l-r) Vera Liu, Thomas Day, Zhihong Chen, Julia Gong, Wenhua Xu, Lianying Hao, (absent Kevin Yang, Susan Su)
Ms Julia Gong
Julia Gong obtained her Master of Education at the University of Melbourne in 2003. She joined the University of Melbourne in 2007 as a lecturer at the Confucius Institute and later held the position of Manager of Academic and Business Programs for two years. She developed the syllabus for the business Chinese language programs and was one of the designers and instructors for the Institute's Corporate Cross-cultural Training Program. In 2015 Julia led the content development of the Asialink Business corporate training modules, covering areas such as: cultural intelligence with a China lens, understanding the Chinese mindset, practical tips on doing business in China and an understanding of modern China; current issues, developments and opportunities for Australian businesses.
From 2010 to early 2011, Julia worked at the Chinese Teacher Training Centre as Education Programs Coordinator. She has 16 years' language teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has been involved in a wide variety of language teacher training programs in Australia and China, including courses for pre-service and in-service teachers. She is also an experienced textbook writer and language education TV/radio program writer and presenter. Julia's research interests are in the teaching of second language speaking skills, cross-cultural communication, non-verbal communication and computer assisted language learning. In the last two years, her focus has been on the use of various innovative resources in the presentation of modern Chinese language in Australian classrooms, on which she presented a paper at the 35th ALAA Congress in 2010.
Due to Julia's expertise in intercultural understanding and strong education background, Julia was invited to join the Asia Education Foundation to establish the Australia-China BRIDGE Project. She established partnerships with governmental educational authorities in Beijing and Shandong province in China, resulting in successful partnerships between 24 Australian schools and 24 Chinese schools. Since then, Julia has been involved in a series of other partnership development programs, including the Confucius Classroom Project, the EMR and Gippsland China Programs, where a total number of 36 partnerships were established between Australian schools and Chinese schools. Julia's negotiation skills, strong communication skills and her extensive contacts both in China and Australia make her an expert in partnership establishment and development across cultures.
Ms Yin Jun
Ms. Jun Yin is the newly appointed Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, visiting from Nanjing University. At Nanjing University, Ms Yin was responsible for international students’ enrolment. Before working at the Admission Office of Nanjing University, Ms. Yin had over ten years’ experience working with international students as an education consultant. Ms. Yin also has extensive experience teaching Chinese to non-background language learners, and spent one year as a visiting scholar working and studying at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Ms. Yin's research interests include comparative education and quality assurance in international Education. She looks forward to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture in local schools and the business community, as well as facilitating connections between China and Australia.
Ms Clarissa Belanti
MANAGER, EXTERNAL RELATIONS AND PROJECTS
Clarissa Belanti is a Chinese speaker who has worked, lived and studied in China for over seven years. At the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, she promotes a greater understanding of China through managing and delivering a range of language, culture, and business training programs. She is passionate about engaging in cross-cultural communication and aims to advance China-literacy amongst the school and business communities in Australia.
Graduating in International Relations, Clarissa is a renowned cultural ambassador. She has vast experience in education and cross-cultural training through running programs for students both in China and Australia. While managing her own English studio in Nanjing, China, she was also the ESL teacher at the 'Affiliated Experiment School of Nanjing Normal University'. She has received many awards for her language achievements, including first prize at the '11th Chinese Bridge Chinese Speaking Competition', and was a guest performer on the CCTV New Year’s Eve Gala in 2013. She was President of the Australia China Youth Association, and has constantly participated in events and cultural activities in the Chinese community. Through these experiences, Clarissa has developed a passion for the Australia-China relationship, and a deep understanding of the cultural, political, and economic ties that exist between the two countries.
Ms Lianying Hao
MANAGER, ACADEMIC & CULTURAL PROGRAMS
Lianying is an experienced language teacher. She earned her Masters' Degree in Linguistics (focusing on comparison of Modalities of Chinese and Korean language) from Inha University, South Korea. While in Korea, she instructed Chinese at Korean Chinese Academy, Seoul, one of the top 3 Mandarin training providers in Korea, where she acquired extensive experience in teaching the language to learners at various levels, ranging from beginners to advanced students. Due to her excellent teaching skills, she was recruited as a language-training instructor at Samsung Electronics, Seoul, and Incheon Lawyers' office, Incheon, South Korea. Apart from that, she has also worked as an interpreter for MBC (Korean TV Channel) and Korean Regional Courts.
After moving to Australia in early 2008, Lianying has been teaching Chinese Language in different schools. She has also been involved in interpretation and translation.
Lianying brings along an energetic and outgoing personality. Together with her experience in teaching, she is able to make her class interactive and interesting, for which her students have regarded her an admirable teacher.
Since 2009, Lianying has been working at the Confucius Institute as language instructor, course coordinator and manager. She has conducted Chinese language and cross-cultural training programs to corporates like Westpac, Nortonrose, Melbourne Airport etc.
Ms Linlin Lu
MANAGER, LANGUAGE & CULTURAL PROGRAMS
Linlin has undertaken extensive studies in Education at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Master of TESOL and later, a Master of Education. Linlin has been teaching and tutoring Chinese as a foreign language for 12 years in Victoria, becoming familiar with the curriculum and assessment frameworks in use and gaining experience working alongside Australian teachers in the education of both school children and adult learners. She has also been involved in a variety of Chinese teacher education projects and programs at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Linlin achieved 92.1% in the National Putonghua Proficiency Test (Putonghua Shuiping Ceshi) and is a NAATI Accredited Professional Translator.
Linlin started work at the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne as a Chinese language teacher since 2012. Since 2017, she has been responsible for supporting the administration of activities undertaken by the Confucius Institute including language courses, business and executive programs, and school cultural programs.