The Confucius Institute at the University is staffed by both Victoria University of Wellington and Xiamen University.

The Advisory Board of the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington meet regularly to plan new projects.

Victoria University of Wellington appointed Ms Adele Bryant as Acting Director of the Confucius Institute at the University and Xiamen University appointed Professor Zhao Yezhu as the Deputy Director. The Confucius Institute benefits from the support it receives from a number of people from the Chinese community in Wellington who deliver Discover China workshops.

Its Advisory Board has senior staff from both universities, led by Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jennifer Windsor, Blair McRae, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and Vice-President of Xiamen University, Professor Yang Bin. The Advisory Board meets at least twice a year to review work-in-progress, plan new projects, and discuss personnel and budgetary issues.


Director of Confucius Institute

Wellington University International

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Yezhu Zhao

Deputy Director Confucius Institute
Research Office

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Chunxiao Lu

Senior Programme Coordinator
Wellington University International

Advisory Board

  • Professor Yang Bin, Co-Chair, Xiamen University
  • Professor Jennifer Windsor, Acting Vice-Chancellor
  • Mr Blair McRae, Chair, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement)
  • Ms Chen Zhiwei, Dean, Chinese International Education College/Overseas Education College, Xiamen University
  • Ms Rebecca Needham, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement
  • Dr Luo Hui, Senior Lecturer, School of Languages and Cultures
  • Mr Dong Zhixue, Education Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
  • Mr  Sean O’Connor, Director Education, Asia New Zealand Foundation
  • Mr Chris Grinter, Principal, Rotorua Boy’s High School