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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 Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Associate Director of the Center of Excellence for Human Capital, Technology Transfer, and Economic Growth and Development. 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, such as Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Political Economy, and Journal of Urban Economics. He has served on the board of directors and board of regents of the Chinese Economists Society. He also served on an advisory committee of the Natural Science Foundation of China and the editorial board of China Economic Review.


Huadong (Mark) Yin, PhD
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 teaching Chinese language classes, training Chinese language teachers in the Buffalo area, organizing academic lectures and symposia related to Chinese culture, helping students prepare for HSK and YCT Chinese language tests, conducting research on best practices in American foreign language education.


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.

Mr. Acker’s responsibilities at the Confucius Institute include budgeting and fiscal administration, event logistics, managing evening classes and tutoring, school and community outreach, hiring and supervising student assistants and independent contractors, and website management.


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.