Mr Rhys Palmer, Head of International Affairs at UNSW Sydney

Rhys Palmer has had experience as Director of Strategic Institution Relations (Greater China), Director of Confucius Institute and Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the University of Newcastle Australia. He has extensive experience in establishing strategic China relations, including institutional partnerships, business development, industry and government relations, strategic projects, marketing and recruitment.

Rhys has over 30 years of experience in higher education where he worked in roles spanning marketing, creative services and international partnerships with a focus on China. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the NSW Australia China Business Council from 2011 to 2017.


Associate Professor Xianjun Wei, Chinese Director, Confucius Institute at UNSW Sydney

Ms. Xianjun Wei is an Associate Professor of Chinese Language and is highly passionate about Chinese language education. She has had over 15 years of experience in teaching Chinese to students from all backgrounds and different skill levels at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She also has experience working as a Chinese Teacher in the Confucius Institute at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

In addition to her two degrees: Bachelor of English Linguistics and Literature and Master of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, she also has a Certificate for Methodology of Language Teaching from La Trobe University in Australia. 


Na An, Adjunct Lecturer, Senior Education Program Officer

Na An received the Ph.D. degree in linguistics and applied linguistics from Communication University of China, China, in 2008. She then joined the School of International Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She is now a lecturer at School of Humanities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her research interests include corpus linguistics and teaching Chinese as a second language.

Tianyu Sun (Margaret), Adjuct Associate Lecturer, Senior Student Affairs Officer

With a Bachelor degree in Chinese Language and Literature and a master of International Chinese Education in Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, Margaret is highly dedicated to teaching and bringing Chinese culture to all corners of the world. She has been teaching Chinese at various levels in the School of Humanities at Shanghai Jiaotong University and is always enthusiastic about providing guidance for students in all aspects of their studies.

April Zhao, Marketing and Communications, Project Coordinator


April is a local student, currently studying a double degree in Bachelor of Commerce and Arts at UNSW. She is majoring in Marketing and Languages and is extremely passionate about both her studies and her work. April was a participant of the Shanghai Study Tour in 2017 and through the program, she became highly interested in the way the Confucius Institute at UNSW Sydney provides opportunities for deeper cultural engagement. 

Board of Directors 

Laurie Pearcey, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), Chairman, UNSW Sydney

Professor XU Xuemin, Vice-President, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Associate Professor LIU Nan, Director, Confucius Institute Office of Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Ms GUO Liang, Deputy Director, Division of International Co-operation & Exchange, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Ms QI Hong, School of Humanities, Chairperson of the School Council, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Professor Marc Williams, Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW Australia 

Dr Jim Harrowell AM, President, Australia China Business Council (NSW Branch)