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Council Members


brianstoddart1-1 Emeritus Professor Brian Stoddart

Former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Asia) of RMIT, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) of University of New England, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University and Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University. Professor Stoddart was appointed as Chief Technical Adviser for the World Bank funded Higher Education Quality and Capacity Improvement Project at the Department of Higher Education in Cambodia, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute of University of Melbourne. 

Members (External)

JOHNHEARN-1 Professor John Hearn

BSc, MSc, PhD (ANU)

Professor Hearn was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the Australian National University 2000-2004 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International) of the University of Sydney 2004-2013, and is currently the Professor of Physiology at the Medical School of the University of Sydney and Executive Director of Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). 
StevenSchwartz-1 Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM

PhD (Syracuse)

Professor Schwartz was Vice-Chancellor of Murdoch University in Perth, Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University in London and Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney. He is currently the Chair, Board of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Executive Director, Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) and Hon Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne. 
StephenNicholas-1 Emeritus Professor Stephen Nicholas

MA (Iowa), PhD (honoris causa) (Superior University), Fellow Academy of Social Sciences Australia

Professor Nicholas is Emeritus Professor of International Business at the University of Newcastle and Yunshan Chair Professor and member of the Board of Trustees at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. He was Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Newcastle (2006-11) and held senior academic positions at the University of Melbourne (1996-2002) and University of Sydney (2003-2006). He was elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 1997. He is Guest Professor at Beijing Normal University and Beijing Universities of Foreign Studies and High-end Foreign Expert for China State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs. 
yinzhangchen-1 Professor Yinzhang Chen

Professor Chen was Assisting President and Director of Foreign Affairs of Fudan University, ranked as one of top three in China and a leading university with the top 100 in the world. Professor Chen is currently appointed as Special Advisor to the President, Fudan University. As a senior expert of international education cooperation, Prof Chen is also the Director of Nordic Center of Fudan University and Secretary-General of Shanghai Forum.  
Craig_Mcllveen-1 Mr Craig Mcilveen

B.Comm (UNSW), Chartered Accountant

Mr Craig Mcilveen has worked as a Chartered Accountant for more than 32 years and has been a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 16 years, where he specialised in providing taxation and business consulting services to privately owned, not for profit and early stage businesses.  
lema-1 Dr Le Ma

B.Comm (Macq), M.Financial Analysis (UNSW), PhD (USyd), Lecturer UTS

Dr Ma is an undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer in financial statement analysis at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Dr MA received her Bachelor of Commerce in Professional Accounting at Macquarie University in 2009 and Master of Financial Analysis at University of New South Wales in 2010. She completed her PhD in accounting at the Business School of University of Sydney in 2016.

Before joining UTS in 2016, Le had more than three-years teaching experience at University of Sydney. She also taught several accounting and finance courses at Top Education Institute between 2010 and 2013. Funded by MEAFA Research Group of University of Sydney, Le visited the Smeal College of Business Pennsylvania State University US for one semester in 2014. 

Members (Internal) 

Minshen-1  Dr Minshen Zhu

Principal and CEO

BA (Fudan), PhD (ANU), CLHE (Harvard)

Dr Minshen Zhu has been Principal and CEO at TOP since its inception in 2001 and is currently also appointed by the University of Sydney as the Board Member and Senior Advisor (China Affairs) of its Confucius Institute. Dr Zhu was appointed by the State Government of NSW as a member of NSW-Asia Business Advisory Council (2000-2010) and by the Federal Government as a member of the Ministerial Consultative Committee (2012-2013). Dr Zhu is also currently the Honorable Board Member of Fudan University Alumni, Board Member of China Overseas Exchange Association, and was invited as Representative of Overseas Chinese to attend the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in 2014. Dr Zhu participates in the Council as an ex officio member. 

Professor Peter Eddey


BCom (Hons) (UNSW), MCom (Hons) (UNSW), FCA, FCPA

Professor Eddey is an Emeritus Professor of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University with over 40 years’ experience in university education. After graduating from UNSW with honors degrees, he joined the faculty of UNSW before moving to Macquarie University where he became Professor in Accounting and published research papers in leading national and international journals (including Abacus and the Journal of Accounting Research) and was the sole author of a widely adopted textbook in company accounting. Professor Eddey was the Director of Graduate Studies in the Business and Economics Faculty at Macquarie University and developed several highly successful programs including the Master of International Business and the Master of Accounting (CPA Extension). Subsequently, he spent two years at Charles Sturt University as Professor of Accounting before he joined TOP Education as Head of Business School. Professor Eddey is a Fellow of both CPA Australia and The Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Ms Lily Yu

Vice President (Internal Operations)

BMedicine (SUTCM), MPA (UNSW), CPA, J.P

Ms.Yu is Assisting Principal(Internal Operation) of Top Education Institute. Ms.Yu is a qualified accountant as a full member of CPA Australia and participates on Council as a financial expert. 
SusanCao-1  Ms Susan Cao

Vice President (External Engagements), COO of Alliance Programs with PwC


Susan Cao is the Vice President (External Engagements) at Top Education Institute and also the Chief Operating Officer of PwC Alliance Programs.

Susan has extensive experience in the International Education Industry across the areas of student recruitment, industry relationships, to the regulation policies, quality assurance and standards of Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), Higher Education Framework, ESOS Act and current student Visa regulations.

She has expertise in building stakeholder relationships and developing effective marketing strategies within the education industry, especially with China. She holds two Master degrees from Macquarie University and University of Technology, Sydney. 


Ms Cathy XU

Vice President (Regulatory & Compliance) and Senior Academic Manager of Top Education Institute


Ms Xu has extensive knowledge in relation to various higher education regulatory rules, such as, TEQSA Act, ESOS Act, Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015, Higher Education Data Reporting rules under Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and professional accreditation standards for business courses.

John Jenkins

Professor John Jenkins

Chair of Academic Board and Chair of HDRSC


Professor Jenkins has extensive academic leadership and governance experience, and has worked at several Australian universities, including the University of Canberra, The University of Newcastle and Southern Cross University. At SCU, where he is now Adjunct Professor, John was Professor of Tourism and formerly Head, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (2007-2011), Chair, Academic Board (2011-2015), and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (July 2017 – June 2018). John holds a PhD from the University of New England and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has published a collection of more than 150 books, book chapters, refereed journal articles and invited papers with leading international journals and publishers. A list of selected publications can be found here: John was formerly co-editor (2001-2003) and managing editor (2004-2012) of Annals of Leisure Research, published by Taylor and Francis, and he has been supervising honours and research higher degree students for the past 20 years, with 10 students completing their PhDs within the last decade.


Ms Qingqing Hao

BSWork (PKU), BA (PKU), MEd (MQ)

Ms Hao is the Senior Student Service Manager at Top Education Institute participating in the Council as a Staff Representative. 



Ms Luying Dai

Student Representative

Current student of Bachelor of Applied Finance and Accounting