New CISU co-director

It is a new chapter for the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University (CISU) with the appointment of Dr Ying Wang as new co-director. Dr Wang will steer the activities for the institute over the next few years, teaching Chinese language to Stellenbosch University students, local school children and the public at large.

Dr Wang joins Stellenbosch University from Xiamen University in China where she taught Chinese as a foreign language. In her new role at SU she will co-direct activities of the CISU with Robert Kotzé, Senior Director of SU International. Based in SU International, the CISU was established at the end of 2007 as part of the agreement between SU and Xiamen University in China.  The CISU has since grown and developed to accommodate 1 675 students registered at 14 teaching sites, including SU and schools in the broader Western Cape, such as Worcester, Wellington and Knysna. The CISU provides courses on different levels, including basic, intermediate and advanced. Its activities include Chinese language teaching, Chinese cultural events and support with mobility programmes to China.

Situated in the WAT Building in Banghoek Street, Dr Yang leads a team of six volunteer Chinese teachers. Prior to working at SU, Dr Wang worked as Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Newcastle University in the UK, as well as Confucius Institute at the University of Malta. She also taught Mandarin at the University of North Carolina at Chapell Hill in the USA and Dhurakij Pundit University in Bangkok, Thailand.

New to South Africa, Dr Wang says she looks forward to help integrate the Confucius Institute into Stellenbosch University and local communities.