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Hongping Nie, Dr.

Co-Founder & Co-Director

Hongping Nie

Hongping Nie holds a MA in Education and a PhD in Cross-cultural Education from the US. She has done postgraduate study at the University of Southern California and the Harvard School of Education.

She has many years of teaching experience in a wide range of education settings in China, the US and UK. During her teaching career in the past ten years, she has taught Chinese language, culture and news as a Faculty Tutor at the Institute for Chinese Studies, the Faculty of Oriental Studies; Chinese modern history and contemporary politics and society in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Programme at the Faculty of History and the Faculty of Politics and International Relations; and Chinese language at different colleges (Hertford, Mansfield, New, St Catherine’s, and Wadham), the Language Centre and the School of Continuing Education, University of Oxford. Apart from teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at Oxford, she has also taught exchange students from Brown University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, and Williams College. She is also a tutor in Chinese modern history and China-UK business at the Oxford Study Abroad Programme. She has also taught Chinese language to primary and secondary school students and is currently a language tutor at the Dragon School, Oxford.

In addition to teaching British and American students in the UK, Hongping Nie has also taught on British culture and education to Chinese university students coming to the University of Oxford for Summer School Programmes and to Chinese executives coming to study in the Executive Programme at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She has lectured on Chinese Studies in the West at different universities in China, such as Fudan University, Chongqing University, Shenzhen University, Sichuan University and Southwestern University.

Apart from her teaching experience, Hongping Nie has been involved in research on China’s contemporary history, culture and politics as a researcher at the Faculty of History, the China Centre, and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford since 2008. Her recent research dealt with China’s social media including the internet and online gaming, as well as the history of China’s maritime trade and foreign businesses (e.g. Jardines) in China. She has also carried out a market research for major corporations such as Merlin Entertainments. 

Hongping also serves as a China Analyst for Oxford Analytica, briefing regularly on China’s socio-economic, political, cultural developments and international relations. In addition, she has also been involved in various PR activities helping establish high-profile contacts and networks between British and Chinese universities, government think-tanks, libraries, museums, and industries for the University of Oxford.

Hongping Nie has also been involved in entrepreneurial and organisational projects in China, the US and UK. She started one of the first private education enterprises in China between 1985 and 1992 and was involved in social and academic enterprises at Harvard University and the University of Oxford between 2002 and 2008, as well as in the founding of SEE in 2012 and SEE’s subsequent operations.

Before coming to SEE, Hongping Nie worked as an Executive Officer at the University of Oxford's Development Office and Executive Officer at the China Institute of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Currently she is also a Research Associate at the Oxford University China Centre, and Chief of Examiners in the School of Interdisplinary Areas Studies, University of Oxford.