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Ablimit Baki Elterish


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  • I teach UGT and PGT courses of Mandarin Chinese at all levels.
  • I teach a PGT course, Introduction to Xinjiang (Uyghur) Studies, as a Directed Reading Unit upon request.
  • I also co-teach a PGT course, Border Crossings-Comparative Cultures of Diaspora: the case of Uyghurs.


After the completion of my MSc in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, supported by a Chevening Scholarship from the British Government, I started my teaching career in Chinese at Durham University's Department of East Asian Studies. In 2006, I joined the University of Manchester as a Senior Language Tutor, playing a key role as one of the founding members of the Chinese Studies Programme. Over the years, I have not only taught Chinese language courses but have also contributed to content courses at both undergraduate (UGT) and postgraduate (PGT) levels.

After obtaining my PhD in Chinese Studies from Durham University, I have remained actively involved in research, participating in international conferences, publishing papers, reviewing manuscripts, and delivering talks at seminars in various universities. Beyond academia, I have undertaken a role in social responsibility by raising awareness of the Uyghur issue, not only among the university's student body but also within the broader public.

Before embarking on my academic journey in the UK, I served as an associate professor of linguistics at Kashgar University and had the privilege of being a visiting scholar at Beijing University.


Research interests

  • Contemporary Chinese language,culture and society, especially minority people and their languages in a majority culture (e.g. Uyghurs and Xinjiang in China)
  • Chinese language and culture contact (e.g. language-dialect-culture contact, Silk Road)
  • Chinese language teaching and learning (e.g. Chinese at all levels)
  • Translation and interpreting (Chinese/Uyghur-English vice versa)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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