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Zhiqiang Liu, PhD

Zhiqiang Liu was appointed Director of the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo in February 2017. He is Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Associate Director of Center of Excellence for Human Capital, Technology Transfer, and Economic Growth and Development. He is also Special-term Professor and Deputy Director of the China Center for Human Capital and Labor Market Research at Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. He earned an MBA and a PhD from UB and a B.S. from Tianjin University.

Professor Liu’s research interests include applied microeconomics, economic growth and development, the economics of crime, and the Chinese economy. He has published numerous articles in leading economics journals, including Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Political Economy, and Journal of Urban Economics, among others. He has served on the board of directors and board of regents of the Chinese Economists Society. He also sits on an advisory committee of the Natural Science Foundation of China. He is currently on the editorial board of China Economic Review.


Huadong (Mark) Yin
Associate Director

Professor Huadong (Mark) Yin is Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo. While serving in Buffalo, he is on leave from his position as Associate Professor and Vice Dean at the College of Foreign Languages, Capital Normal University (CNU). Professor Yin’s academic research addresses technology and assessment in English language education in China. He is author or coauthor of numerous research articles, books, and manuals on language acquisition and methods. Professor Yin’s responsibilities at the Confucius Institute include providing support to Confucius Institute teachers from China who teach in the Buffalo area; supporting students applying for Confucius Institute scholarships in China; administering HSK and YCT Chinese language exams; and helping to organize festivals, symposia and other events.


Bruce Acker3 Acker photo
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.


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.


Yiru Wang
Program Assistant

Yiru Wang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at UB. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Finance from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. Her responsibilities at the Confucius Institute include event planning, publicity and logistics; translation; bookkeeping and other administrative tasks.


Norman Yu
Program Assistant

Norman Yu is a student in the master’s degree program in the Department of Geology at UB. At the Confucius Institute, Norman is responsible for helping guest teachers get settled in the Buffalo area, assisting with event planning and logistics, research support and office tasks.