E-news Issue 8
Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Chinese scholar Yaru Liu (left) joins the CDU Confucius Institute as Deputy Director and works with Director Professor David Young (right) to advance Chinese education in the NT.
Chinese scholar Yaru Liu (left) joins the CDU Confucius Institute as Deputy Director and works with Director Professor David Young (right) to advance Chinese education in the NT.

CDU Confucius Institute welcomes new Chinese director and celebrates 10-year anniversary

The Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University (CDU) recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary and welcomed a new Chinese Deputy Director to lead the Institute in providing quality Chinese education in the Northern Territory. 

Associate Professor in Translation Theory and Practice at Hainan University, Yaru Liu, is the new Deputy Director of the Institute located at CDU’s Casuarina campus. 

Mr Liu came to Australia in 2019 when he was first appointed to Melbourne University’s Confucius Institute and taught in the Confucius Classroom at Melbourne Girls’ College. 

For almost two decades prior to arriving in Australia, Mr Liu honed his skills by teaching Chinese to students from diverse ages and backgrounds in countries such as North Macedonia and New Zealand. 

Arriving in the Northern Territory for the first time, Mr Liu is excited about the boundless opportunities his new role has to offer. 

“I look forward to fostering collaborations between Charles Darwin University, Hainan University and Anhui Normal University to continue delivering and improving Chinese language and cultural education in the Northern Territory,” Mr Liu said. 

“I understand the important role that the CDU Confucius Institute plays in the local community, where many people are interested in learning Mandarin. The NT has a great learning environment for students who want to learn the Chinese language and culture.” 

In September, one of the Institute’s longstanding partners, Larrakeyah Primary School performed a special ‘Mulan’ musical at the Darwin Entertainment Centre with 500 students. 

“Seeing the ‘Mulan’ music and dance performanced by the young students, who did it so professionally, demonstrates the community’s enthusiasm for the Chinese culture,” Mr Liu said. 

The CDU Confucius Institute was established in 2011 and aims to strengthen education cooperation between Australia and China, and to advance teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture through CDU and Northern Territory schools.  

The Institute has expanded its teaching points to partner with nine local schools and the Darwin Language Centre, delivering Mandarin classes to school students and adults in the NT community. 

CDU recently renewed its five-year Confucius Institute agreement with its two Chinese partner universities, Anhui Normal University and Hainan University. 

CDU students and staff can enjoy free Mandarin courses taught by Confucius Institute’s experienced Chinese teachers online. The new teaching term will start on October 11.

Contact confuciusinstitute@cdu.edu.au for more information.