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Dr. Weihua Niu


Receiving her degrees in psychology from Beijing Normal University (BA), Chinese Academy of Sciences (MA), and Yale (PhD), Dr. Niu joined the Pace faculty in 2003 and is the author of more than 40 papers in the fields of creativity, educational testing, cultural influence on higher cognitive functioning, and global education, including a recent one on "Confucius Ideology and Chinese Creativity."  She helped in the establishment of the Pace CI and became its first director in 2009.


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Qiqi Wang

Program Manager

Mr. Wang holds an M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of International Relations in Beijing.  He has more than ten years of experience managing international exchange programs beginning at Penn GSE (Graduate School of Education) International and then at the Office of International Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University, coordinating various culture exchange and training programs at the high school, college, graduate and executive levels.  Mr. Wang is an avid swimmer, and loves the arts, jazz and classical music.


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Ansel Lurio

Program Coordinator

An MA in History Museum Studies, with a BA from Columbia University, Mr. Lurio is an expert in designing educational programming for those with special needs and has more than seven years of experience working at non-profit organizations in various educational, administrative, and front-line roles.  In addition to coordinating our cultural events and other programming, Mr. Lurio is our English language editor for all printed and digital materials, social media and technology guru, and office manager.


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Dr. Juan Yang

Chinese Teacher

Testing Coordinator

A PhD in applied linguistics, Dr. Yang has more than ten years of language teaching experience both in China and in the US, where she has edited three textbooks, including the Phoenix Chinese App.  At the Pace CI, in addition to teaching, she is responsible for testing (HSK, HSKK, BCT, and YCT), textbook editing, and scholarships.

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Dr. Ying Lu

Chinese Teacher

A PhD in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, with eight years of Chinese language teaching experience both in China and Thailand, Dr. Lu has published 6 papers and compiled a book

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Xiang "Benjamin" Ye

Chinese Teacher

With a BA and MA in linguistics, Mr. Ye has more than a decade of teaching experience, and has published over ten papers.  Passionate about education, he enjoys interacting with students from multiple backgrounds and discussing various topics. Awarded Teacher of the Year in 2012 from his home university, he has developed his own teaching methods to make connections between Chinese and English.

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Ning "Lexie" Wang

Graduate Assistant

Studying for an MS at Lubin Business School, she is responsible for the CI’s graphic design and Chinese Corner.  Inspired by Chinese traditional painting, she excels in art and interpreting Chinese culture.