About the institute

We were the first Confucius Institute to be established in Queensland in 2008 and we work with schools, teachers, school leaders, professionals, businesses and people in the community to:

  • help develop understandings of Chinese language and culture for teachers and school leaders through professional learning programs
  • provide opportunities for schools to engage with Chinese-speaking worlds
  • deliver short courses and programs on Chinese language and culture for professional groups at QUT campuses.

Our partners

Hanban (Beijing, China)

We are supported in our work by both QUT and Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International. Hanban was established by the Chinese Government in 1987 to foster the study of Mandarin internationally. Its vision is to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese people and other peoples of the world.

Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education (Nanjing, China)

Our Chinese partner is the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education (JPDE). JPDE is responsible for education and training systems at the provincial level, including key universities. Jiangsu Province is located in eastern China, and the provincial capital of Nanjing is around 255 kilometres from Shanghai.



Antoine Barnaart

Antoine has nearly 40 years' experience teaching and managing higher education and vocational programs, both in Australian and internationally. He is a former Pro Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University and has recently returned to Australia after 13 years of leading multilevel Australian Government education programs in China, Bahrain, Fiji and Kiribati. He was the Team Leader of Australia’s largest education aid program in China and has significant management experience in cross-cultural environments. In September 2007 Antoine was awarded the Chinese National Friendship Award by Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the development and construction of China by a foreign expert. This is the highest award a foreign expert can receive in China.

Visiting Chinese deputy director

Dr Phillip Sun

Dr Phillip (Longcun) Sun, PhD, commenced his role as Deputy Director of the CIQ in March 2019. A Professor of Jiangsu Normal University, Vice Principal of Jiangsu Normal University Affiliated Experimental School and former visiting scholar of the University of Pittsburgh, Phillip is devoted to international comparative research on educational policy, adult and vocational education, as well as Chinese teaching and culture exchange.

He focuses his teaching on comparative education policy, introduction to classic educational works and comparison of primary and elementary education. He also has a wide range of experience in the administration of senior high schools and international partnerships.

Senior lecturer (Mandarin)

Dr Hui Richards

Dr Hui Richards, PhD, has played an important role in promoting the teaching of Chinese in Queensland. As well as being a senior lecturer in Mandarin at QUT and a member of the Confucius Institute, she is also the President of the Queensland Language Teachers’ Association of QLD and the Vice President of the Chinese Language Teachers’ Federation of Australia. She has recently completed her PhD at QUT, and also holds a Master of Applied Linguistics (University of Queensland), Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics (Griffith University) and M.A. (Second Language Teaching) (Huazhong Normal University, China). Prior to working at the Confucius Institute, Hui taught Chinese in Queensland high schools for many years. Hui’s research interests include Chinese language teaching and learning, oral history and new media.

Business coordinator

Wendy Hii

Wendy Hii is of Malaysian Chinese background and has a deep interest in Chinese history, culture and philosophy. She has attained a Bachelor Arts (Hons) at the University of Canterbury (UC), Christchurch, with a major in Management and Chinese language, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting at QUT. She has worked as an administrator in a diverse range of departments within UC and QUT, from the Vice-Chancellor's office to student administration, QUT international and her current role at the Confucius Institute.

Administrative support officer

Stephanie Minahan

Stephanie Minahan has worked in various roles within QUT for a number of years, including at Student Support Services and as Administration Support Officer at the Confucius Institute. She has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences with a major in Veterinary Technology and devotes her free time to the RSPCA as a volunteer.

Visiting Chinese Teachers

Dr Hongling Song

Associate Professor Dr Hongling (David) Song, PhD, joins us from Jiangsu Normal University, where he majors in Chinese contemporary literature. Dr Song is responsible for assisting in the development of Professional Development for Queensland teachers, as well as teaching CIQ's non-award Chinese language classes.

Ping Li

Ping (Sandy) Li has a decade’s experience teaching Chinese as an additional language. Completing her studies at Hubei Science and Technology University in Xianning, she joins us from Shanghai Hong Qiao International School. Prior to coming to the CIQ, Li Ping spent two years teaching Chinese in the Confucius Institute at the Philadelphia University in Jordan.

Li Ping is skilled in a range of Chinese cultural art forms, including traditional brush painting, rice carving, paper cutting, taiji and Gong Fu Fan.


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