New Century was founded in 2001 by two friends who share a passion for teaching Chinese language and culture. The China Director is Li Qunhu (Academic Director, Associated Colleges in China, 1996-2001) and the U.S. Director is Charly Pine (MA, Chinese Language and Culture, Kansas University). These founders began with a vision that grew out of their own experience and friendship: helping to bridge East and West via language learning and exploration of Chinese culture, history, and thought. The vision of
When New Century began there were just over a dozen learners being instructed by a handful of teachers. New Century has since grown to a staff of over 20 language professionals assisting approximately 80 non-native speakers of Chinese to reach their language goals. Over the years hundreds of students from over 20 different countries have been a part of the New Century community. After completing their studies, these students have engaged in a broad range of activities inside and outside of China, including graduate studies, medical practice, business, teaching, and development projects.