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1 Yu photoJiyuan Yu, PhD
Director and Professor of Philosophy

Jiyuan Yu is Professor, Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo, specializing in ancient Greek philosophy and Chinese philosophy. His books include The Structure of Being in Aristotle’s Metaphysics (2003), Rationality and Happiness: From the Ancients to the Early Medievals (2003),The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy (2004), Uses and Abuses of the Texts: Western Interpretations of Greek Philosophy (2004),  The Ethics of Confucius and Aristotle: Mirrors of Virtue (2007), Plato’s Republic (2009), Aristotle’s Ethics (2010).

He has received a number of awards, including SUNY Buffalo Exceptional Scholar – Young Investigator Award (2002) and SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010). He was a research fellow at Oxford University, England from 1994-1997, Hurford fellow at the National Humanities Center in 2003-2004, and Wu Yuzhang Chair Professor, Renmin University of China from 2007-2009. He is a Changjiang Chair Professor, Shandong University, and also served as president of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) from 2012-2013 and its Executive Director (2012- ).

2 Lu photoQiaomei (Maggie) Lu
Associate Director

Professor Qiaomei (Maggie) Lu is Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo. While serving in Buffalo, she is on leave from her position as Associate Professor at the College of Foreign Languages, Capital Normal University (CNU).

Professor Lu’s research addresses language teaching and testing. She has published twenty-five textbooks, one book translation, and nineteen research papers concerning teaching and testing of English to Chinese learners. She is an advisor of graduate students majoring in language teaching at CNU. Many of her students have won CNU Excellent Dissertation Awards, and her class received the Excellent Class of Higher Education award from the Beijing Education Commission. She also won the Annual Award for Excellent Teacher at CNU.

As a Chinese language and culture promoter, Professor Lu was invited twice as Chinese Cultural Lecturer sponsored by the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) to deliver a series of lectures on Chinese culture in the United States.  She is a member of The International Society for Chinese Language Teaching.

3 Acker photoBruce Acker
Associate Director

Bruce Acker is Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His previous positions include assistant director of Asian Studies at UB, development director at the International Institute of Buffalo, and codirector of Eurasia Policy Studies at The National Bureau of Asian Research (Seattle). He began his career as a Russian language teacher at Calasanctius School in Buffalo and the Northwest School in Seattle. He holds a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Dartmouth College and an MA in Russian Studies from the University of Washington.

Yin Wuwu-yin-photo
Program Assistant

Yin Wu is a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology and Quantitative Methods at UB. She assists the Confucius Institute with Chinese cultural activities, teacher orientation and workshops, translation, document preparation, organization of the library, and other office tasks. She has teaching experience both in China and the U.S.


Qichang (Ryan) Tangryan-tang-photo
Program Assistant

Qichang Tang is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Culture, Policy and Society (ECPS) program at UB. His responsibilities at the Confucius Institute include assisting with planning, publicity and logistics of UBCI events; assisting guest teachers get settled and maintaining regular connections; translation; and office tasks.