Huajing Xiu Maske, Ph.D., is the director of the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) and executive director of the UK Office of China Initiatives (OCI). She is also an associate professor in the UK College of Education, is a visiting professor at China’s Jilin University and at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, and is a member of the Expert Panel of International Chinese Language Teaching Materials.
Huajing received her doctorate in Chinese Art History from Oxford University, England, her master's in International Cultural Exchange from Peking University, and her bachelor's in English Literature from the University of International Relations, Beijing, China.
As Director of UKCI and OCI, Huajing identifies, cultivates, and sustains strategic partnerships with Chinese institutions for the University of Kentucky. She works with UK colleges and centers to develop teaching, researching, learning and internship opportunities for UK faculty and students in China. She also oversees the UKCI’s K-12 Chinese Language, Culture Development, and Enhancement Program throughout Kentucky.
Huajing is a leading specialist on teaching China-related material in K-12 schools, developing teacher training methods and leading seminars. She teaches Education in Chinese Culture and lectures extensively in the US, Europe and Asia on Chinese Language Teaching strategies and on building successful Chinese language programs. Her research explores how Chinese art can be used in teaching Chinese language, culture and history. She has published extensively in English and Chinese.
In 2014, Huajing received the Amici Linguarum (Friend of Languages) Award from the Kentucky World Language Association and won the Individual Performance Excellence Award from the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing in 2013. The UKCI she directs is the most decorated CI worldwide, winning “Confucius Institute of the Year” in 2012 and 2014. In 2015, UKCI was selected as a “Model Confucius Institute” and received $1.7 million toward renovation of a new space at UK.