ZHANG KAI, Director, Beijing. A native of Hebei province, Zhang Kai received his B.A. in Economic Law from Hebei University in 2001, and an M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Middlebury College & the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2010. From 2001 to 2005, he taught intermediate and advanced Chinese at the Inter-University Program (IUP) at Tsinghua University in Beijing, serving as Director’s Assistant from 2002 to 2003. During this time he also compiled a course textbook for business Chinese. From 2005 to 2006, he taught beginning and intermediate Chinese courses as a Visiting Lecturer at Yale University. He has taught fifth year and third year Chinese as a member of the Middlebury College Summer Chinese School (2006, 2008, 2011), and also taught beginning and advanced Chinese as Visiting Lecturer at Middlebury College (2008-2009; 2010-2011). In addition to his teaching experience, Zhang Kai also served as Director of Instruction at the Inter-University Program (2004-2005; 2006-2008). In this role he oversaw the supervision, hiring and training of new teachers, advised students and organized course schedules, as well as continuing to teach Chinese language courses. During this time he also compiled two textbooks for use in IUP legal Chinese courses, Cases of Criminal Law and Cases of Civil Law. Zhang Kai is happy to be back in Beijing where he and his family can once again enjoy the local cuisine, and he looks forward to working with students and teachers to explore the diverse and ancient cultural treasures of China’s capital city.
Alex graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University in the spring of 2014, with a degree in International Political Economy and Chinese. Upon graduating, he fulfilled a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistantship in Calcutta, India, where he taught conversation and composition to grades 6 through 10 at the Silver Point School. Alex is a proud alumnus of the Middlebury College School in Beijing, and is delighted to now be working as the Assistant Director of the program. In 2013 Alex studied and interned in Delhi, India at the Institute of Chinese Studies-Delhi, where he worked alongside scholars from Nepal, Bangladesh, India, and China. Throughout his junior and senior year of college, Alex volunteered with the New York–based nonprofit the Global Language Project, where he taught Chinese to public school students at elementary schools in Harlem. In college, Alex also interned with the New York City Department of City Planning’s Housing, Economic, and Infrastructure Planning Division. In addition to Mandarin, Alex speaks Hindi and Bangla. Alex is an avid tennis player and an enthusiast of the fine arts. He also loves to hike and go running with his border collie.
LU BIN, Program Consultant. Having served as the CET Program Coordinator on behalf of the Harbin Institute of Technology between 1988 and 2003 and then with the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China in Hangzhou, Lu Bin is a veteran program administrator whose expertise includes teacher training, academic coordination, and logistics. In Harbin as in Hangzhou, Lu Bin oversaw a wide variety of program elements, from class scheduling to student management. She also developed and managed new programs on behalf of the Foreign Service Institute in Harbin. Lu Bin comes from a family of academics, and her own education was at the Harbin Institute of Technology. With her experience, Lu Bin has chosen to work in both Beijing and Kunming as the Middlebury programs were establishing themselves there, but she is happy to return to her friends and the beautiful city of Hangzhou.