Professor Yin Fulin has been appointed as the new Chinese Co-director of the UJ Confucius Institute. He assumed his duties on Friday 10 February 2017.
He will be with the UJCI for the next two years, working closely with Dr David Monyae, his South African counterpart. Since 2004 Prof Fulin has worked in Nanjing Tech University as Dean of School of Foreign Languages. Currently, he is also a vice-chairman of the Science & Technology Translation Council of Jiangsu Province, and a vice-chairman of Nanjing Translator’s Council.
Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I am thrilled to have been given the responsibility for the Confucius Institute, which is a project within the University that I have long supported.
“I have a keen interest in Chinese culture and have many years’ experience working there, so to have the chance to connect people and promote connections between South Africa and China is a great opportunity.”
Reflecting on the work of the Institute in previous years, the new Director highlighted its success in promoting scholastic and cultural links between Africa and China, which has provided a foundation that he intends to build on during his own tenure.
“The Institute has given people the tools to discover cultural, business and research links with China.”
Welcoming his appointment, Dr David Monyae, South African Co-director of the UJCI, said:
“I am delighted that Professor Yin Fulin has been appointed, and I’m sure that his fresh and dynamic approach – along with his special interest in Mandarin and African and Chinese cultures – will take the Institute to even greater heights.”
Prof Yin spent the past eighteen years as a Lecturer, Head of English Department and became Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Law. During this period, he was awarded a national model teacher award.