Prof. Ran Xiaoqun majored in English Language and Literature at the School of Foreign Languages at Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan (China). There, she has been teaching English after finishing her studies. During 1996 and 2002, she was twice invited as a visiting professor of Chinese to the St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg (North Carolina /USA). Between May 2010 and March 2011 she was a visiting professor at the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr in Duisburg. In the context of her position, she gave classes in Chinese culture eg. Tai Ji Quan as well as Chinese language classes.