School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Wei Pan

Chinese Director - Confucius Centre


Brief Bio of Wei Pan


Wei Pan (Maria) obtained her MA of English Language and Literature from Xiamen University (XMU) in 1996, 8 years after she had completed her undergraduate study at Anhui University with BA of Literature. She completed her doctoral study majoring in Cultural Studies at XMU in 2006.

After working initially with XMU's International Office as an international program officer for 10 years, she was promoted in 2015 to the role of the Executive Foreign Secretary to the XMU President. In 2007 she was concurrently appointed as the Deputy Director of the General Office of Xiamen University.

Wei Pan later switched her career to the Confucius Institute Project in 2011, starting her role as the Chinese Director with the Confucius Institute at Saint Mary’s University of Canada, where she had served for 7 years before taking up the like role at the Confucius Institute in Newcastle University in late July of 2018.

Wei is married with Xiao Quan Qu (Rick) with a son Julian Qu, who is studying at McGill University of Canada.