Lu Yuan, PhD
Yuan holds a PhD in international/China studies from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and a BA in Chinese literature and journalism from People’s University, Beijing. She taught Chinese at Banaras Hindu University in India as part of her MA degree from SIT Graduate Institute. Yuan worked for seven years as a journalist with Xinhua, the official news agency of China, and was editor of Chinese Journalist. She was a Parvin Fellow on a journalism training program at the University of Hawai‘i. In addition to her visits to Tibet and minority regions of Mongolia, Ningxia, and Yunnan, she spent three years in Kathmandu, Nepal, where her husband, Sam, co-directed SIT’s Nepal program.
As academic director, Yuan has overseen the SIT China program since its 1994 beginning. She lectures, advises students, coordinates seminars, and plans excursions. She is a certified ACTFL OPI tester and has been academic director for the summer Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine program since 2004.
- PhD, University of Technology
- MA, SIT Graduate Institute