Confucius Institute

About Us

Charles Beaupre, Canadian Director

Dr. Beaupre has been a faculty member at Saint Mary's University since 1994. He teaches primarily in the Asian Studies Program. He has pursued this line of study in many East Asia settings, focusing on subtle energy enhancement, mainly through qigong. He has presented his findings at international academic conferences, and has conducted workshops and seminars on issues of health, wellness, and positive energy throughout North America. His main area of research activity relates to cross-cultural educational psychology; he has been mainly interested in comparative (East-West) studies of learning/teaching approaches, as well as curricula and pedagogical activities informed by transformative learning.

Maria Wei Pan , Chinese Director

Maria Pan came to Saint Mary's in 2011, having worked in administration at Xiamen University since earning her MA there in 1996. After working initially with XMU's international programs and exchanges, in 2005 she became 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.

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May Tian, Secretary

May Tian joined the Confucius Institute at Saint Mary's University in March 2012.



  • Dr. Xun (Freeman) Li, Chinese Teacher (May 2016 ~ April 2018)
  • Ms. Jie (Vera) Gao, Volunteer Teacher ( May 2017 ~ April 2018)
  • Ms. Weilisi, Chinese Volunteer Teacher (June 2016 ~ June 2018)