History & Vision

History and Vision of Learning Chinese at New CenturyNew 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 Directors Li and Pine have committed themselves to making New Century a school known for excellent teaching , curriculum  appropriate for western learners, and a holistic learning environment that cultivates a community of learners while still embracing the uniqueness of each individual.

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.