Staff

Confucius Institute has both Finnish and Chinese staff.  The local director and coordinator (and student trainee at times) are staff of the University of Helsinki. The Chinese director and teachers come from CI`s partner school, Renmin University of China. Besides the staff members located the University of Helsinki there are five CI Chinese language teachers working at different teaching sites at the Universities of Oulu, Jyväskylä, Tampere and Eastern Finland.

Mikael Mattlin is acting Professor of Chinese Studies and acting Director of the Confucius Institute. His current research interests include:

  • Global economic governance and normative change
  • China’s foreign economic policies and economic diplomacy
  • Development lending
  • Political evolution of authoritarian regimes
  • The use of games and simulations in teaching

mikael.mattlin@helsinki.fi
Tel. 02941 23001/ 050-5560310
Office hour: Tuesday 12-13

Julie Yu-Wen Chen is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of Confucius Institute.
(On leave during May 2018- April 2019)
Her research and teaching interests are:

  • Ethnic politics
  • Chinese diplomacy and foreign relations
  • Comparative politics, with a focus on comparing China with other regimes
  • Different Chinese societies and their cultures

Julie Yu-Wen Chen online
Website for Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki 
Research profile

Qin Su is Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute and Associate professor of European culture policy studies. Her current research interests include:

  • European cultural and education policy
  • Comparative study of China-EU cultural identities
  • Cross-culture communication
  • Public diplomacy

+358 (0)2941 229717 / 050-4487800

Mariliina Räsänen is coordinator of the Confucius Institute. She takes care of the daily administrative tasks of the Institute like

  • course adminstration
  • student councelling
  • communication
  • marketing
  • financing

mariliina.rasanen@helsinki.fi
+358 (0)2941 22868, 050-3199538

Lecturer in Chinese Language

Her research and teaching interests are: 

  • Teaching Chinese language as a foreign language
  • Chinese cultural studies
  • Cultural and intercultural communication in translation studies

xiufen.zhao@helsinki.fi
+358 (0)2941 22872, 050-4489182
Office hour: Monday 14-15

Lecturer in Chinese Language

His research and teaching interests are:

  • Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Modern Chinese Language and Businese Chinese
  • Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Language Pedagogy

donghai.hou@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 (0)2941 22869/050-3199537
Office hour: Tuesday 13-14

Lecturer in Chinese Language

Her research and teaching interests are:

  • Teaching Chinese as a foreign language
  • Chinese cultural studies
  • Chinese art

xue.cheng@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 (0) 2941 22866, 050-3199540
Office hour: Wednesday 14-15

Teacher in Chinese language

Her research and teaching interests are:

• Teaching Chinese language as a foreign language
• Chinese traditional paiting, Chinese cooking and Chinese tea art.
• Cultural and intercultural communication

min.ling@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 (0) 2941 22870/ 0505560314
Office hour: Tuesday 16-17

Lecturer in Chinese Language
Located at the Language Centre at the University of Tampere

Her research and teaching interests are:

  • Comparison of Chinese and English language
  • Focus on Chinese culture and other cultures
  • Research on Intercultural studies

Wubo.Wang@uta.fi 
+358 46 5665210  

Trainee

BA student majoring in Asian Studies. My interests include 

  • Organisational Studies
  • Communication and Media
  • Political Science as well as Political History

inka.reinola@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 (0) 2941 23293/0505560811