Dr.Arnd Witte, Head of School
Arnd Witte is the Head of School, School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. He was an undergraduate and postgraduate student at the University of Hanover. He graduated in 1980 with the 1. Staatsexamen, and in 1981 with an M.A. in German and History. After concluding his teacher training (Referendariat) in Berlin (West) with the 2. Staatsexamen, he taught German as DAAD-Lecturer (German Academic Exchange Service) at Bristol Polytechnic from 1984 to 1986. From 1986 to 1990 he was DAAD-Lecturer in German at University of Ibadan in Nigeria, before being awarded a DAAD scholarship in support of his doctoral research which he carried out at the University of Hamburg from 1990 to 1994. He worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the German Department at UCD from 1992-93, before being appointed Lecturer (in 1993) and Senior Lecturer (in 2000) at NUIM. Dr. Witte's research interests focused on the cultural, societal and institutional influences on the methodology and didactics of teaching German as a foreign language. He has published extensively in the field of methodology and didactics of teaching German as a foreign language and cultural and institutional influences on foreign language acquisition.
Dr. Lu Zhouxiang, Head of Chinese
Lu Zhouxiang BEd, MEd, PhD received both of his Bachelor and Master degrees in Education from Universities in China and obtained his PhD at the National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC). He worked in UCC School of Asian Studies and the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies (UCC) before joining NUI Maynooth School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures in 2011 as the Subject Leader of Chinese Studies. His main research interests are Chinese history, nationalism and globalism, and comparative studies between West and China in the field of sport.
Dr. Niall Keogh, Lecturer
Dr. Niall Keogh is a native of Cork and a graduate of UCC. He completed his PhD on Irish diplomatic history in 2003 and published a monograph. He has taught Irish Studies in St Petersburg State University and Moscow State University from 2005-7. In 2007 he was appointed the National University of Ireland, Maynooth Visiting Scholar to Beijing Foreign Studies University. Since returning to Ireland in 2010 he has been employed as a lecturer in NUI Maynooth. His research interests include Irish - Chinese relations in the 19th and 20th centuries, international relations and Irish diplomatic history.
Prof. John Blair and Prof. Jerusha McCormack, Lecturer
Both John Blair and Jerusha McCormack were born and educated in the USA. After transferring their academic careers to Europe, each taught for thirty years in English Departments in University College Dublin and the University of Geneva, respectively. Prof. Blair and Prof. McCormack's research interests lie in the areas of Chinese culture, philosophy and Sino-Western comparison. Over the last ten years, teaching several times as Visiting Professors in China, they designed a course called Western Civilization with Chinese Comparisons. They joined Chinese Studies in 2012 as course coordinators and Lecturers for a course entitled Understand China through Comparative Perspective.
Dr. Liu Yinya, Lecturer
Dr. Liu Yinya, BA, MA, PhD received her doctoral degree on philosophy in 2011 from the Department of Philosophy, NUI Maynooth. She joined NUIM's School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures as a part-time lecturer in 2011. Dr. Liu's research interests are: Ethics, Comparative Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy and Inter-Cultural Studies. She has taught courses on Chinese philosophy and religion in NUIM's Philosophy Department since 2006. She also has taught various modules on Chinese language and culture in Dublin City University (DCU) since 2010.
Ms. Zhang Yu, Tutor
Zhang Yu received her BA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Shanghai University in 2011 and is a Master degree candidate in College of Arts, Shanghai University. She obtained the qualification of Chinese Language Teacher from the Chinese Language Council International in 2012. She joined Chinese Studies and NUIM Language Centre as a language tutor in September 2009.
Ms. Wang Lin, Tutor
Wang Lin received her BA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Hainan Normal University in 2011,and is a Master degree candidate in College of Arts, Shanghai University. She obtained the qualification of Chinese Language Teacher from the Chinese Language Council International in 2012. She joined Chinese Studies and NUIM Language Centre as a language tutor in September 2009.
Ms. Emer Fitzpatrick, Executive Assistant
Emer Fitzpatrick has been working with NUIM across several of its offices and has now joined Chinese Studies as an Executive Assistant. She is responsible for the administrative, financial and organisational functions of Chinese Studies and provides administrative support to the academic programme (BA in Chinese studies).
Visiting Scholars/Guest Lecturers
Prof.Masami Tateno, Visiting Scholar
Masami Tateno is a Professor of Chinese philosophy and culture at the College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University. He obtained his BA and MA in Chinese Studies at Nihon University, Japan amd his PhD in Medicine at Jyuntendo University, Japan. Prof. Tateno's main research interests are in the areas of Chinese phylosophy, Confuciusim, Taoism and traditional Chinese medicine. His main publications include: My View of Ancient Chinese Philosophy (2008), To Read the Philosophies of Lao-tsu and Chuang-tsu (2007), A Study of Yoshimasu Todo’s Kosho-Igen: The Philology and Philosophy of Medicine (2004), Essentials of Ancient Chinese philosophy (1993).
Dr. Niall Duggan, Guest Lecturer
Niall Duggan received his BSc in Government and Public Policy at the National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC) in 2005 and obtained his MA in East and Southeast Asian Studiesin 2007 from Lund University. In 2011, Niall obtained his PhD from UCC. After completing his PhD, Niall became a lecturer in both the School of Asian Studies and the Department of Government in UCC before joining the Department of East Asian Politics at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, in January 2012. His main research interests are Sino-African relations, China’s foreign policy, global governance (Asia’s role in the G-20), role theory in international relations, and non-traditional security studies (food security).
Mr. David O'Brien, Guest Lecturer
David O'Brien has recently completed a PhD at the School of Asian Studies, University College Cork. His research examines the construction of ethnic identity in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. He has lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate level on: Chinese domestic and foreign policy; the Chinese Communist Party; economic development of China's western regions; ethnicity within China and Chinese/Central Asian relations. Prior to beginning his PhD, David worked as a newspaper journalist for a number of years and has reported from India, Nepal and South Africa.
Mr. James Cuffe, Guest Lecturer
James Cuffe BA, MA, MBS, HDip is a Philosophical Anthropologist currently completing his PhD at National University of Ireland Cork (UCC) on the dynamic between social change and technology in contemporary China. He has taught Chinese studies, and social theory in UCC School of Asian Studies, UCC School of Sociology & Philosophy and the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies at University College Dublin (UCD) since 2010. He is an editor for the International Political Anthropology book series on Contemporary Mimetic Revival. His research interests include Chinese Philosophy, Social Theory, and Contemporary Chinese Society & Culture.