chinese australia

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.
Picture of Professor Keith A. Houghton

Professor Keith Houghton


Dr Houghton is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University (ANU), and is Chief Strategist at the Higher Education and Research Group (HERG) and a Principal of Research Coaching Australia (RCA). He previous appointments include as Dean of the College of Business and Economics of the ANU and a member of the University Council and the University level Finance Committee. He also served as Chair as the Academic Board of the ANU. Prior to that he was Fitzgerald Professor of the University of Melbourne, including a period as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce of that University.
For more information on Professor Houghton please refer to his Academic Board Members profile.

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


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

Dr Minshen Zhu has been Principal at TOP/IMC since its inception in 2001. Dr Zhu was also appointed by the State Government of NSW as a member of the NSW- East Asia Business Advisory Council, the NSW- Asia Business Advisory Council and NSW Asia Business Council (2000-2010) by the University of Sydney as the Board Member and Senior Advisor (China Affairs) of its Confucius Institute (2008-2018), and by the Federal Government as a member of the Chinese Ministerial Consultative Committee (2012-2013). Dr Zhu’s major research areas are Paleography, Calligraphy and Higher Education Management, his academic publications include A University Course of Chinese Calligraphy, The Shuowen Jiezi – the Dawn of Studies of the Ancient Characters, A Study of Chinese Calligraphy and Labour Structure vs. Education.

Professor Peter Eddey


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

Professor Peter Eddey joined the Institute in 2013 after a career in public universities commencing in 1974. Prior appointments include Macquarie University (33 years) where he became Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Other appointments include the University of New South Wales and Charles Sturt University, with overseas visiting appointments at the University of Washington (USA) and University of Kent (UK). Peter’s academic expertise is in the field of accounting and financial management. He has published in leading national and international research journals, including Abacus, Accounting and Finance, and the Journal of Accounting Research. Peter’s sole-authored textbook in corporate accounting enjoyed wide adoption by Australian universities for many years. While at Macquarie University Peter was appointed Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty. In this role, Peter created and implemented several successful postgraduate programs, including the Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting) and the Master of International Business in Sydney and Hong Kong. Over a long career in public universities, Peter has acted as a consultant to accounting firms, corporations and government bodies. Now as the Provost at IMC, Peter brings a depth of experience to his role in curriculum design, accreditation, quality assurance, academic management and in maintaining a close relationship with the accounting profession, higher education bodies, industry organisations and IMC stakeholders generally.

Ms Lily Yu

Vice President (Internal Operations)

BMedicine (SUTCM), MPA (UNSW), FCPA, 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.


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