About

About

The University of Aberdeen is delighted to host a Confucius Institute in cooperation with Wuhan University, our partner University in China.

There are around 350 Confucius Institutes around the world, and the Confucius Institute of the University of Aberdeen is one of five in Scotland, the others being based at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh.

The Confucius Institute of the University of Aberdeen promotes language learning and cultural exchange, and its language classes, lectures, exhibitions and other cultural activities benefit the staff and students of the University of Aberdeen, the schools, businesses and communities of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and the North East of Scotland.

Volunteering

Calling all Mandarin speakers!

Do you want to get involved with the local community, add to your CV and do something rewarding with your free time?

The Confucius Institute of the University of Aberdeen aims to increase knowledge and understanding of Chinese language, culture and people.

We recruit volunteers to help with Chinese cultural events and to assist in the delivery of Chinese language and culture classes to local schools.

To register as a volunteer, complete and return the Volunteer Form to confucius@abdn.ac.uk.  

To find out more information please contact the Confucius Institute on 01224 273209.


孔子学院志愿者招募

想要融入本地社区,为自己的简历上增添亮丽的一笔吗?想在丰富业余生活的同时增长阅历吗?

阿伯丁大学孔子学院为你提供前所未有的一次机会!

阿伯丁大学孔子学院以传播中国语言文化、增进对中了解为己任,是阿伯丁及阿伯丁郡等区域学习汉语的最佳平台。

值此发展壮大之际,孔子学院招募数名汉语志愿者,共同组织中国文化推广活动,协助本地中小学开展中国语言和文化体验课活动。

还在犹豫什么?快快加入我们吧!

更多信息请拨打孔子学院电话01224 273209

或发送邮件到confucius@abdn.ac.uk

Contact us
  • Director:      Dr Michelle Macleod 
  • Co-Director: Dr Cheng Xuemeng
  • Manager:     Sarah Wang

Address:

Confucius Institute of the University of Aberdeen
17 High Street
Aberdeen
AB24 3EE

Email: confucius@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 273209


How to Find Us

We are based at 17 High Street on the University of Aberdeen King's College campus in Old Aberdeen. The Confucius Institute is next to the Chaplaincy.

It is number 12 on the campus map, and was previously King's Museum, which has now moved up the street to the Old Town House.

Confucius Institute of the University of Aberdeen
17 High Street
Aberdeen AB24 3EE

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273209


 

Our Staff

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2019 - 2020

2019-2020

Chinese name: Chen Guomei

English name: Maiya

Undergraduate degree subject: English (Advanced English Translation)

Postgraduate degree subject: English (British and American Literature)

Hometown and province: Maoming, Guangdong Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: I love the colours of the sky in Aberdeen. The sunrise, sunset and the rainbow I saw near the beach fascinated me. And also the friends I made with in this city who are as beautiful as the fascinating sky here.

About me: I can speak excellent Mandarin, Cantonese and English. I love teaching languages, and I am a super fan of Chinese traditional culture and Western literature. 


Chinese name: Gao Xiaoyu

English name: Emma

Undergraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Postgraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Hometown and province: Xuancheng, Anhui Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: The friendly people

About me: I am a girl who is energetic and enthusiastic. My motto is live long, laugh much, love often.


Geng Wenqi

English name: Emma

Undergraduate degree subject: English

Postgraduate degree subject: Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Hometown and province:  Yichang, Hubei Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: I actually enjoy everything here. I like the kind people and the calmness.

About me: I am outgoing and optimistic but a bit timid at the beginning. And I really like watching funny tv shows to amuse myself. I have various hobbies, such as cooking, travelling and eating. I love doing handwork. 


He Linghan

English name: Aileen

Undergraduate degree subject: English Language and Literature

Postgraduate degree subject: English Interpreting

Hometown and province: Chongqing

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: His Majesty’s Theatre

About me: Teaching, from my perspective, is a reciprocal journey that benefits both the teacher and students. And I believe sincerity and optimism are the essence of intercultural communication, and I am always willing to impart such positiveness to my class.


Li Jiayue

English name: Lydia

Undergraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Postgraduate subject: Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Hometown and province: Nanjing, Jiangsu Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: The best thing about Aberdeen is the people here. They are very gentle and warm-hearted.

About me: I'm an open-minded, creative and patient person, always looking forward to new adventures! On the way to becoming a “cool” Chinese teacher.


Lu Lijie

English name: Sherry

Undergraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Postgraduate degree subject:Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Hometown and province: Guangyuan, Sichuan Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: I love the sunshine and changeable sea view of Aberdeen and also I appreciate the warm and kind hearts of people here.

About me: It's been my dream since I was little to be a teacher, so I definitely like my major. In my leisure time, I like photography and practising Chinese classic dancing. And I've had the good fortune of travelling to many places in China. Hope you can see the real China through me!


Li Xue

English name: Vanessa

Undergraduate degree subject: English and French

Postgraduate degree subject: Chinese International Education

Hometown and province: Heihe, Heilongjiang Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: I love the people in Aberdeen best, because they are really nice to me

About me: I am an optimistic person. My life is full of happiness. I enjoy working with others.


Qian Yun 

English name: Tracey

Undergraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Postgraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Hometown and province: Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: I love everything here except the strong wind. My favourite part of Aberdeen is the nice people.

About me: I'm a responsible person and enjoy doing exercise. I'm a fan of cooking and hiking.


Song Hong 

English name: Holly

Undergraduate degree subject: Logistics

Postgraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Hometown and province: Weihai, Shandong Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: I think my favourite thing about Aberdeen is that there are not so many people here, I like the peaceful atmosphere, and people are very friendly and polite.

About me: I am interested in Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese paper-cutting and Chinese knots. I learnt one kind of Taichi, Dragon dancing and playing the Chinese drum during the first year of my postgraduate study.


Zhang Ailian 

English name: Isabella

Undergraduate degree subject: English Language and Literature

Postgraduate degree subject: Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Hometown and province: Baitao, Chongqing Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: The sea shore. It's really beautiful and I have a walk there every day.

About me: I'm an easy-going person and love making friends. I'm interested in handcraft, Chinese cuisine and embroidery. I am enthusiastic about education and aspire to be a good teacher.


Zhang Yao 

English name: Mia

Undergraduate degree subject: English

Postgraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Hometown and province: Handan, Hebei province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: The quiet environment, beautiful sky and kind people here

About me: I am an open-minded person. I like travelling, taking photos and making friends who are from different places. This cross-cultural experience will be my precious memory.

2018 - 2019

Yu Wang

English name: Alyssa

Undergraduate degree subject: English teaching

Current or PG degree subject: Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Hometown and province: Anyang, Henan Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: A variety of people with their hospitality and open minds

About me: Outgoing and open-minded, I try to make my teaching as varied as possible (in both form and teaching content) so that students will keep their interest in Chinese learning while at the same time being highly motivated. The reason I enjoy teaching Chinese is that it makes me feel I really make a difference in someone else’s life, that it makes them feel accomplished.


Yafang Xia

English name: Avon

Undergraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

Current or PG degree subject: Masters in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Hometown and Province: Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: Seaview, peaceful and cultural atmosphere

About me: In my class, output is important than input. Students have a lot of chances to speak, to practise what they learned. I love my language, and work hard to convey the beauty of Chinese.


Shuyi Wang

English name: Suzy

Undergraduate degree subject: English

Current or PG degree subject: Translation and Interpreting 

Hometown and province: Bayan Nur, Nei Mongol

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: Tranquil life, hospitable locals and various events

About me: I'm a Chinese northerner who is curious about everything, always sees the world and people in a positive way, is quite persistent, and tries to show a sense of humour (that means I admire humorous people and pursue a relaxed and fun class atmosphere).


Miao Tian

English name: Tiffany

Undergraduate degree subject: Auditing

Current or PG degree subject: Communication

Hometown and province: Xi’an, Shaanxi Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: Weather, especially the wind:)

About me: I'm an optimistic and active teacher with great passion for teaching Chinese. I teach from 8 years old to 80 years old. For me I always believe that a good understanding of the learning demand and aim of students is the first step to making language study easier and much more fun.


Xiaoran Shen

English name: Rae

Undergraduate degree subject: English Teaching

Current or PG degree subject: Interpreting

Hometown and province: Wuhan, Hubei Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: Tranquillity and nice people

About me: I am very extroverted and thus am always trying to make my classes as relaxing as possible. I hold a strong belief that a good teacher should help students learn effectively without stressing them out. Despite the fact that many students think Chinese is the most difficult language to learn, I want to help them realize there is also great fun in learning it.


Xinling Feng

English name: Echo

Undergraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

Current or PG degree subject: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

Hometown and province: Hubei Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: Shopping in any supermarket and cooking in my kitchen

About me: I'm sincere and friendly and believe in communication and sharing. I think it's not so interesting to remember a new word. What is  interesting is that we can learn more about the world through this word.


Liu Chen 

English name: Trinity

Undergraduate degree subject: Chinese Language and Literature

Current or PG degree subject: Comparative and World Literature

Hometown and province: Wuhan, Hubei Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: I like how neat and peaceful it is

About me: I enjoy teaching Mandarin in an upbeat way. It’s always a fantastic journey where you can find pleasure from deep talks and experiencing different cultures. 


Ningxin Ma

English name: Cassie

Undergraduate degree subject: English

Current or PG degree subject: Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Hometown and province: Longnan, Gansu Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: The fresh air and seagulls

About me: As a Mandarin teacher, I’m so glad to meet you here. I want to combine education with pleasure, and share all about China and the Chinese language. I like new things, and I hope my class will bring you new experiences as well.


Jia Li

English name: Lilias

Undergraduate degree subject: Chinese Language and Literature

Current or PG degree subject: Comparative Literature and World Literature

Hometown and province: Henan Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: Ocean, nice people in Aberdeen, granite buildings

About me: I'm easy-going and a bit idealistic, enjoy being with nature, enjoy communicating with people from different cultural backgrounds and learning more about each other.


Xiaoping Zhou

English name: Peggy

Undergraduate degree subject: English Language and Literature

Current or PG degree subject: English Linguistics and Literature

Hometown and province: Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: Relaxing seaview, delicious food and excellent sports village

About me:  I have positive thinking and a passion for nature and life. I believe good and efficient communication is very important not only for a small group's discussion but for the whole world's peaceful development. All languages, including Chinese, play a vital role in a better understanding of the differences among various cultures. The reason why I like teaching Chinese is that learning a language, I think, is the best way to know its country and its people.


Xilu Wang

English name: Lulu

Undergraduate degree subject: Hosting and Broadcasting

Current or PG degree subject: Teaching Mandarin as a Second Language

Hometown and province: Xuchang City, Henan Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: Tranquil city and warm-hearted locals

About me: I believe teaching is a reciprocal process — we learn whilst we teach. As a full-time primary school teacher, I am conscious of various approaches that work well with children.


Qiong Tang

English name: Josie

Undergraduate degree subject: English Teaching

Current or PG degree subject: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

Hometown and province: Enshi, Hubei Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: Sea, sky

About me: Hoping there is a girl whose beauty, depending on characters, has grown with the advancing years on the way to becoming a good Mandarin teacher.


Lanyu Huang

Undergraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

Hometown and province: Guilin city, Guangxi Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen:Our Confucius Institute

About me: I‘m quite lucky that I am doing my dream job! I enjoy teaching Mandarin, telling Mandarin stories and playing Mandarin games with my lovely students. It’s such a wonderful thing to see their achievement. Where are you?... Come and join us!!!


Hui Yan

Undergraduate degree subject: Chinese Linguistics and Literature

Current or PG degree subject: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Hometown and province: Shaanxi

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: Granite city, Aberdeen beach

About me: As a Mandarin teacher I am passionate and keen to provide multi-level and personalized teaching to learners. Moreover, I cherish this as an opportunity to satisfy the demands of local people for learning the Chinese language and knowledge about China and its culture. 


Guodong Li

English name: Adrian

Undergraduate degree subject: English

Postgraduate degree subject: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

Hometown and province: Weifang, Shandong Province

Favourite thing about Aberdeen: Aberdeen is a beautiful and peaceful harbour city with a stunning blend of history and modernization

About me: “To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world”. I hope students in my class can learn both Chinese language and culture, and see a wonderful world different from that they have been familiar with.