Zhou Zuoyu was born in April 1964 in Wu Chuan, Inner Mongolia. He holds a Ph.D., is a BNU Professor and Doctoral Supervisor, and he is a BNU Vice President. His areas of responsibility are international exchange, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan affairs, international Chinese education and continuing education work. He is in charge of the Office for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs, of the Office of Administration of the Confucius Institute and of BNU’s School of Continuing Education and Teacher Training.
In 1991 Zhou Zuoyu graduated from Inner Mongolia Normal University with a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy. In 1994 he graduated from the College of Education Management, at BNU, earning his Ph.D. in Education. In 1995 he was hired as Associate Professor, and in 200 to Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts. In 2008 he became a senior Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at Stanford University.
Zhou Zuoyu began his teaching career at BNU in 1994. From September 1995 to August 1997 he served as Assistant Dean of the School of Education Management. Between September 1997 and February 1997 he was Vice Dean of BNU’s School of Education Management. From March 2001 to October 2003 he served as Vice Dean of BNU’s School of Education. From November 2003 to January 2008, he was Director of BNU’s Office of Social Science. Between January 2009 and July 2011 he served as the first Minister of BNU’s Faculty of Education. Between August 2011 and July 2014 he was Vice University-level leader at BNU as well as Vice President of Xinjiang Normal University.
Zhou is mainly engaged now in teaching and research on higher education management, higher education evaluation and leadership. He has presided over and participated in a number of National Natural Science Fund and Ministry of Education Philosophy and Social Science Fund projects. In 2006 he was awarded second prize in the third session of the National Education Scientific Research Achievements competition. In 2006 he received distinction for the "New Century Excellent Talents Support Plan” of the Ministry of Education. In 2009 he received distinction for Beijing’s "New Century One Hundred Talents Project of Social Science Theory.”
Zhou has published two monographs, edited three books and translated three books and over sixty papers for the “Journal of Education for Teaching,” “Education Research,” “Peking University Education Review,” and other well-known domestic and international academic journals. He serves as Vice President and Secretary-general of the Education Evaluation Branch of the China Association of Higher Education and as Executive Director of the Education Management Branch of the China Association of Higher Education. He is a member of the Institute of Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Zhou also serves as an editor of such professional British academic journals, as “Journal of Education for Teaching” and “London Review of Education,” as well as international electronic academic journals that include “International Journal of Learning” and such well-known domestic journals as “Journal of Education,” “Teacher Education Research,” “Journal of Comparative Education Research,” “Journal of Beijing Normal University (Social Science),” “Development and Assessment of Higher Education” and “People's University Education Research.”