Confucius Institute at The University of Toledo

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UTCI Board Member: John Barrett (Chair), Nancy Staub, James Hartung

Yu Xinren



 Yu, Xinren | 于心任 | Director

I have been with the University of Toledo for over 10 years and served as the Director of Confucius Institute for over 4 years. I was born and raised in Beijing, China but Toledo has already become my home away from home. I believe in the value of international education and always seek creative ways to help people getting a global experience. Confucius Institute has great resources to help people exploring more about China and I would be delighted to assist you throughout the way.

(419)-530-4483 |

Han Dawei



Zheng, Zhanguo | 郑占国Instructor | University of Toledo

With a B.A. in English language teaching and M.A. in linguistics, I have been teaching in Yanshan University and 2 other schools for 27 years. The language teaching experience endowed me with a very open mind and strong intercultural communicative competence. As the assistant director of UTCI now, with our helpful colleagues, I hope to provide any service in need about Chinese language learning and Chinese culture exploration during my stay at UT.

(419)-530-8580 |

 Ziying Wang    

Wang, Ziying | 王子莹 | Instructor | University of Toledo

I graduated from Dalian Minzu University with a B.A in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages and obtained an M.A in in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Yanshan University. Now I’m reading master. I will teach Chinese Language and Culture at University of Toledo, Ohio. I am interested in Chinese paper cutting and Chinese embroidery.


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Brandon Ku
Pianhong Han
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Ruiguo Zhao
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Yi Zhou    

Zhou, Yi | 周毅 | Instructor | Jackson College

I graduated from a Normal University in 2001 and worked in a Foreign Language School for 4 years. I obtained my master's degree in 2008. I have been working in Chengdu University of Technology for 10 years as a college English teacher. I love teaching and love to be friends with my students. I am a good team player and I am enthusiastic about life and work. I have a strong sense of responsibility and take my work seriously. I sincerely hope to do a great job in Confucius Institute here as one member of this big family.

Last Updated: 11/19/20