Shanghai Office

The Shanghai Office operates as a natural extension of the Illinois-China partnership serving students, faculty, and staff through outreach, protocol, and career activities. The Shanghai Office is part of Global Education and Training.

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Karen Weng

Program Specialist

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Karen joined the University’s Shanghai Office in April 2013. As Program Specialist, Karen’s priorities include professional training and summer programs, student and alumni career services, and alumni relationship development. Previously, Karen was a program specialist for “1000 Sister School Initiative” between Zhejiang Province (China) and the State of Illinois. She earned both a B.A. in International Business with French, and M.S. in Risk Management, from the University of Nottingham (UK).

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Joanna Hu

Program Specialist

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Joanna holds a Master of Arts in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Hainan Normal University (Haikou, China). While at Columbia, Joanna taught basic and intermediate English to adult ESL students. From 2016-2019, she worked in Shanghai for InGenius Prep, an American startup company that offers educational counseling services to Chinese students and their families.

As Program Specialist in the Shanghai Office, Joanna provides on the ground support to students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Illinois through outreach, protocol support, and career services. Her responsibilities include event planning in China, strengthening partnerships with corporations and universities, and building on relationships to help place recent graduates and alumni in the China job market, among other duties.


Shanghai Office
Suite 631, Shanghai Center
1376 W. Nanjing Rd.
Shanghai, China 200040
Phone: +86-21-6279-7191