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Shang Learning

Founded in 2013, Shang International Education Group (known as Shang Learning) is China’s premier life-skills learning center & educational advisory that provides private families industry intelligence, comprehensive assessment, proprietary skills-oriented curriculum, and independent advisory throughout the child’s development.

As educators, we are creating future leaders who need to understand how to perform and interact in a global arena. As China’s social and economic developments progress in an unprecedented speed, the future generation of Chinese is required to have competencies such as: intercultural understanding, curiosity for discovery, cultural self-awareness, sociolinguistic awareness, and ability to listen, observe, interpret and analyze etc., in order to effectively function and connect in such an environment.

As a pioneer in cultivating the global citizens of China, Shang Learning aims to equip students with highly competitive language skills and cultural competencies, cultivate and inspire creative and open minds, and nurture a sense of understating and compassion for other people and cultures.

We offer proprietary skills-oriented curriculum under Shang Academy for students aged between 6-18, as well as personalized International education advisory services under Shang Planning Platform. We believe that “education is a lifestyle”, and aggregate high quality educational resources for Chinese families to realize full-potential growth, establishing a lasting legacy. 

Headquartered in Beijing with satellite classrooms in Shanghai and Boston, Shang Learning brought the combined might of the most experienced and pioneering global educators for solutions tailored to individual needs for the Chinese market. Our proprietary curriculum focuses on developing core skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creative thinking and cultural awareness for Chinese students aged between 6-18, and our copyrighted content has received positive recognition from reputable institutions both domestic and abroad.

Shang Learning is comprised of five main departments including: Shang Academy, Shang Solutions, Shang Online, YES! Test Prep and Shang Planning Platform. Each department functions as an independent provider of educational products and services specific to the platform, but all designed to bring out and enhance the unique mix of strengths each individual student has to offer.

Our Strengths

  • Systematic skills development for smooth transition into int’l education

  • 100%

    Western classroom simulation
  • Collaboration with professional education consultant organizations
  • Educators with 3+ years of teaching experiences

  • Bicultural progress consultants for comprehensive services

  • Harkness style inquiry based teaching method

  • Skills curriculum development center recognized by top boarding schools

Vision

To shape Chinese students into the next generation of leaders.

Mission

To provide Chinese students interested in international education with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets they will require for a successful foray into another culture, in preparation for adulthood in an increasingly globalized world. More broadly, we seek to establish a platform for future leaders from China and the West to connect, learn with and from one another, and develop a mutual understanding and respect for our differences and similarities in order to facilitate better relations, from personal to professional, both short- and long-term.

Core Values

  • Cultivation

    Inspiring a passion for lifelong learning
  • Openness

    Nurturing an open mind for a global future
  • Achievement

    Uncovering and defining personal success
  • Legacy

    Creating and preserving the value of family

Management Team

  • Nini Suet

    Founder & CEO

    • Nini Suet

      Founder & CEO

    • A Beijing native with eight years of studying abroad experiences, Nini remains true to her “dudish” northerner personality.

      At the age of 14, Nini left Beijing Jingshan School to begin her journey abroad. She completed four years of high school career at a private boarding school Tabor Academy in Massachusetts, US and graduated as the valedictorian of her class. Nini was accepted early with full scholarship into Princeton University in New Jersey, US, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and East Asian Studies, along with Certificates in Finance and Korean Language. During college, She spent two semesters abroad in South Korea at Yonsei University and Seoul National University, respectively, for intensive language training and senior thesis research.

      Nini interned at JP Morgan Chase & Co’s New York office as an investment banking analyst during her sophomore summer at Princeton. Upon graduation, she began her career as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley’s Hong Kong office. After two years in the finance industry, she decided to switch career upon receiving a master degree from the Journalism and Media Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong, and joined Phoenix InfoNews Channel as an International News Subeditor. Nini subsequently transferred to CNN International in 2009, where she worked as a Planning Producer and Digital Media Producer on live broadcasts and features programs. During her career in media, Nini also worked as a part-time digital brand strategist in the 360° Digital Influence department at Ogilvy & Mather.

      Nini left CNN in early 2012 to build her own digital media company, QI Post Limited, which brings a multi-city perspective to urban living topics for the jet-setting Chinese travelers around the globe. After moving back to Beijing in 2013, she is working on her second venture, Shang Learning, a boutique learning center that provides private families in China industry intelligence, comprehensive assessment, individualized curriculum, and independent advisory throughout the child’s development.

      Nini currently serves as a Board Member for her high school alma mater Tabor Academy. She is the former Chair of Alumni Students Committee for Princeton University overseeing alumni interviews in northern China. She also sits on the Executive Board for JUMP! Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise specializing in experiential education. In 2018, Nini is invited to become an official mentor for Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University. Nini is a certified professional member of the Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA). She’s been interviewed by various domestic and international media including CNN, GQ, The Economist, New York Times, CCTV, BTV, Studying Abroad, etc.

  • Lei Wei

    COO & Senior Partner

    • Lei Wei

      COO & Senior Partner

    • Lei is a cross-cultural educator bridging the youth in both China and the US.

      Born into a family of educators, Lei spent twelve years at Beijing Jingshan School and departed to study English Media and Communications at Macau University when she turned eighteen. During her undergraduate years, she was the Chair of Campus Life Communications for four consecutive terms, organizing cross-border conferences and galas to facilitate conversations between local communities and students from HK and Mainland. Lei was also a founding member of the college newspaper, and spearheaded the production of a cross-cultural themed mini-film named “1112”.

      Upon receiving her bachelor degree, Lei was accepted into the mass communication department at Towson University in the US. Not only did she graduate early from her master program, but she also received a second master from the department of education, and subsequently, the highly competitive teaching certificate to formally embark on an educational career.

      Since college, Lei has assumed various positions in media and education, including an editorial post at the Macau Post, associate producer of the “E-digital” and “Parents Club” for Beijing Education TV Channel, private tutoring positions at six high schools in the US. Lei also founded a Chinese teaching academy, MANDARIN 123,the first and only private institution teaching Chinese language in the Harford County. Her personable and interactive teaching style has gained her a loyal clientele among the local community, an effective channel for insights into US students, culture and cross-cultural pedagogical methodologies.

      Before joining Shang Learning, Lei was the Head Chinese Teacher at John Carroll High School in Maryland, responsible for language teaching as well as campus life for overseas Chinese students. Through this, Lei has accumulated first-hand knowledge on how to best succeed as a foreign student both inside and outside the classroom, making her an invaluable mentor in guiding students to best adapt their academic and lives abroad.

  • Ta-Wei Wang

    Director of Education & Partner

    • Ta-Wei Wang

      Director of Education & Partner

    • Ta-Wei is an education industry professional from Seattle, Washington with over a decade of education management experience. He graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, with a degree in Law, Society and Social Policy and a minor in Social Justice.

      While at university, Ta-Wei served roles on the Executive Board for Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, the world’s largest internationally recognized Asian American Interest Fraternity with over 55+ Chapters across North America. As the Brotherhood Chair as well as the Community Service Chair, he frequently spoke as the philanthropic voice of the organization, raising awareness for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) as well as organizing other community events such as the Walk for Rice, Hiroshima for Hope, Habitat for Humanity, and Adopt-a-Road. Ta-Wei also performed nationally in Step Shows at various cultural awareness and brotherhood events.

      On campus, Ta-Wei was a member of various organizations to include the Taiwanese Student Association (TSA), Khmer Student Association (KhSA), United Greek Council (UGC) and the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association (ITASA). Being an avid philanthropist, Ta-Wei additionally served as a board member for the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation, creating opportunities for local youth to develop leadership, diversity and community-building skills in the API community and abroad. Furthermore, to maintain his physical and mental discipline, Ta-Wei served as a military cadet in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and in the respected Ranger Company.

      Ta-Wei’s educational career began in 2005 as an English teacher for Chung Dahm Learning, South Korea’s largest premier English institute that focuses on the development of critical thinking skills. Within a year, he was given the opportunity to develop curriculum for their reading and writing program used by over 40,000 CDL students across the peninsula. In addition, he took on the role as Head Instructor at a branch school in Seoul, overseeing multiple programs and coaching a team of 20+ foreign instructors. In time, his proven experience would lead him to develop new campuses in various cities across South Korea, to Faculty Management and then eventually culminating as a Senior Faculty Trainer. This post was responsible for maintaining and developing a national network of over 150+ campuses across South Korea as well as overseeing faculty training for over 1000+ new teachers arriving annually.

      In 2011, Ta-Wei came to China as part of a team to develop Global Track, an after-school program affiliated with Beilin International Education. His role as the Faculty Training Manager eventually developed into the Operations Manager, overseeing multiple learning centers across Beijing. Looking for long-term scalability and the potential for further growth both personally and professionally, Ta-Wei learned about the opportunities provided by Shang Learning. Ta-Wei started at Shang Learning as the Director of Studies, responsible for curriculum training and operations. As the success of Shang Learning grew, his role expanded into the Director of Education, responsible for ensuring our young scholars receive the best education and resources as possible in an increasingly competitive and globalized world. Ta-Wei is excited to bring his experiences and expertise to Shang and the future leaders of China and abroad.

  • Hamilton Gregg

    Partner, IECA Board Member
    Senior Admission Consultant

    • Hamilton Gregg

      Partner, IECA Board Member
      Senior Admission Consultant

    • Since 1986, Hamilton has worked in a variety of schools in varying capacities. Having attended St. Mark’s School, a boarding School in Massachusetts, he is very familiar with boarding school life. After receiving his master degree in education from Harvard University, he has worked in three boarding schools – The Thacher School in California, The Oregon Episcopal School, Portland and the Leysin American School in Switzerland. He has also worked at international schools in Japan and South Korea, as well as the International School of Beijing as well as Harrow International School in China. Hamilton’s primary focus has been on college and university admission to institutions in the US, UK, Canada and other countries. With his experience in boarding schools in the US and overseas, Hamilton also works with families interested in exploring options for boarding school whether Junior and/or High School.

      Deeply involved in college counseling, Hamilton is a long-standing member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC). He has served on the Current Trends and Future Issues Committee at of NACAC and as President of IACAC for two consecutive terms.

      Hamilton is a Professional Member of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA) and he currently sits on the Board of IECA. Hamilton is bound by a strict code of ethical procedures and practices. This year, Hamilton became an associate member of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).

  • LIoyd Paradiso

    Partner, Founder of IECA
    Senior Admission Consultant

    • LIoyd Paradiso

      Partner, Founder of IECA
      Senior Admission Consultant

    • Lloyd Paradiso who is the Admissions Authority has been doing this work for over forty years. It is precisely as a result of his continuous commitment to the highest standards, his tireless pursuit to comprehend the industry in its myriad manifestations and his insistence on treating every client as his number one priority, that the Admissions Authority has been a prominent choice in educational advising, in school, college and graduate program planning for over four decades.

      Mr. Paradiso's education and experience give him a framework by which he can almost instinctively assess and effectively position a candidate in the academic landscape. A product of both public and private schools during his formative years, he holds a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College, a master's degree from Middlebury College and has completed the coursework (and written examinations) for a doctorate in Educational Administration and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

      Mr. Paradiso's history in the field solidifies and enhances his long-lasting relationships with many admission professionals at a vast array of institutions across the country and around the world. His knowledge, education and creativity have lead to numerous partnerships with global organizations such as Exxon Mobil, Hercules, RCA Ariola, Rockwell, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and Glaxo among others. In addition to education consulting, Mr. Paradiso is an in-demand panelist, speaker and presenter. He frequently takes on various topics regarding education and consulting for audiences at educational conferences, workshops and symposia in the U.S. and around the world. He conducts in-depth corporate training seminars for international businesses to better learn and understand American business practices and he will do the same for American clients in international arenas.

      Mr. Paradiso holds membership in the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Pennsylvania Association (PACAC), the Southern Association (SACAC) and the International Association (International ACAC). A founder, past president, Committee Chair and Board member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), he holds the designation of Certified Educational Planner (CEP).

  • Patricia O’Keefe

    Senior Admission Consultant
    Chair of Global Committee at IECA

    • Patricia O’Keefe

      Senior Admission Consultant
      Chair of Global Committee at IECA

    • Patricia O’Keefe is a native Californian who advises select Chinese and Japanese families on the American collegiate admissions process.  Patricia has worked in education for over 13 years and is a member of IECA, NAFSA & TABS.  After graduating from the University of Southern California (USC) with an MBA, Patricia was selected by the Dean of Admissions and Vice Provost of International Affairs to run the USC Global Office Japan.

      In Japan and Korea, Patricia was in charge of USC recruiting efforts, as well as alumni, corporate and government relations.  Patricia also worked with the USC Global Executive MBA program in Hong Kong and China.  For nearly 20 years Patricia worked in Asia and has traveled to over 52 countries throughout the world.

      Prior to USC and working in education, Patricia worked for the Walt Disney Co. in both Japan and the United States translating documents from Japanese to English.

      Patricia has a passion for foreign languages.  She studied Japanese language and culture at Keio University, Japan in 1994 and passed the highest Japanese Language proficiency exam, (JLPT Level 1) administered by the Japanese Ministry of Education in 2009.

      She studied Mandarin Chinese for two years at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and passed HSK level 5 in 2012.  She also studied French at La Sorbonne University in Paris in 2001 just for fun.

      Patricia received her MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 2002. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from UCLA in 1989.

      Patricia understands that international students are a vital intellectual and creative addition to American universities.   She understands the vast challenges that foreign students face while studying in America and she vigilantly prepares students accordingly.

  • Randy Richardson

    Director of R&D Solutions

    • Randy Richardson

      Director of R&D Solutions

    • From Newark, New Jersey, Randy graduated in 2010 from Princeton University, where he majored in East Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese language and history. Ever since volunteering as a camp counselor all throughout high school, Randy has been passionate about creating fun, dynamic learning environments where students don’t just learn new things but also learn how to express their individuality and problem solve on their own.

      Intellectually curious and a lover of language, after six years of studying Latin in middle school and high school, Randy began studying Chinese as a freshman in college and immediately fell in love with its intricacies (and its difficulties). To learn more, he traveled to Beijing, Harbin, and Changsha while at Princeton to study abroad and compete in language competitions, during which time he encountered first-hand the amazing diversity of Chinese culture and was destined to return.

      After graduation, Randy went to work for SAT prep company DK Education, where he developed tailored SAT reading and writing courses and, as Deputy Academic Director in Beijing, led the development of academic English and literature curriculum for affiliated foreign language and experimental schools in Shenzhen. After two and a half years with DK, Randy shifted gears and became an education consultant at AIC Education, guiding students throughout their educational journey to the US while mentoring them about their long-term goals in the future.

      At Shang Learning, Randy is excited to teach reading and writing, helping students color their experiences with different perspectives, better express themselves, and think more critically about the world around them.

  • Max Zhang

    Center Manager of Shanghai

    • Max Zhang

      Center Manager of Shanghai

    • Max ZHANG graduated from Carleton College, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in International Relations. Prior to entering Carleton, Max was the first mainland Chinese graduate of the Hill School in Pottstown, PA. Before Joining Shang learning Shanghai, Max was the assistant director of teaching and faculty in Shanghai New Oriental School. He was also the director of Shanghai New Oriental’s U.S. Middle and High School Learning Center, where he started the company’s practice in preparing students for U.S. secondary schools.

  • William Guo

    Beijing Shunyi Campus Principal
    SSAT math tutor

    • William Guo

      Beijing Shunyi Campus Principal
      SSAT math tutor

    • William holds a Master's Degree in Advanced Applicational Math, and he's an experienced SSAT and SAT math tutor with more than 10 years of experiences under his belt. William is unique in the sense that he is an expert in both the public school math as well as international school math curriculum, and he's especially skilled at bridging the gap when students transfer from one system to another.

      In addition to William's extensive experiences in teaching, he's also stationed in Yunan to teach the local residents there for many years. In order to provide more resources for the families, William successfully founded and managed a company too. A true education entrepreneur indeed.

  • Samuel Leavitt

    Beijing Director of Studies

    • Samuel Leavitt

      Beijing Director of Studies

    • Samuel Leavitt was brought up in a family of educators. He received his degree from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire where he majored in Politics with a minor in public policy. Samuel was a four-year member of the Division II NCAA McConnell Division Alpine Ski Team. While in his Junior year, Samuel completed a year abroad at Queen Mary University in London where he studied Voter Behavior.

      After graduating, Samuel accepted a teaching and alpine skiing coach position at Mountain Valley High School. After working at MVHS for one year, Samuel accepted a residential faculty member position at Washington Academy. While there Samuel further developed and honed his craft, teaching courses in Early and Modern World History, English Literature and Composition, and International Business to students from over twenty countries world wide. He was also the advisor for Maine Youth in Government and the coach of the track team. Following three years at Washington Academy, Samuel moved to Turkey and taught English as a Second Language at Bahcesehir Koleji Bursa Modern. With Bahcesehir, Samuel taught students from kindergarten to eighth grade and helped to develop curriculum used throughout the network of Bahcesehir schools across Turkey. After which, Samuel moved to Shanghai China to work for The Barstow School, where he has been for the past four years. At Barstow Samuel has acted as Academic Dean. In this administrative role, he has helped hundreds of students receive an American high school diploma and achieve their goal of attending university abroad. Additionally, in his role as Academic Dean, Samuel supervised a team of international teachers, managed student behavior, and oversaw day to day operations of the school. Finally, he also taught courses in History, English, Economics, and Current Events at the Traditional, Honors, and Advanced Placement Level.

      In addition to Samuel’s passion for education, he loves to travel and has visited over thirty countries. While traveling, Samuel enjoys skiing, scuba diving, and exploring local sights and cultural heritage. Samuel was originally brought on to Shang Academy as Lead Educator and used his passion for education, interest in literacy strategies, and global experiences to help students feel comfortable and be successful in the classroom. Within three months Samuel was recognized for his excellence in educational leadership and promoted to his current position as Director of Studies for the Beijing Region.

  • Joseph Lemien

    Foreign Human Resources Manager (FHR)
    Lead Educator (Secondary School)

    • Joseph Lemien

      Foreign Human Resources Manager (FHR)
      Lead Educator (Secondary School)

    • Joseph is the Lead Educator for the Middle & High School programs and is the Human Resources Manager for Shang Academy.

      Joseph is a strong believer in the power of international education, and he hopes to enable more young people to spend time immersed foreign countries.

      Raised in the American Midwest, Joseph began learning about other languages and cultures at Kalamazoo College, where he studied Chinese and political science. During his university studies, he spent one year studying in Beijing and wrote a senior thesis focused on ethnic minority groups in China. During the year he spent in Beijing as a student, Joseph realized the value of spending time learning new languages and cultures. Sharing this value is major impetus in his professional life.

      Before joining Shang as a Lead Consultant, Joseph worked with American students in China and with Chinese students applying to study in North America. He has worked as teacher in China and in Spain before shifting into a business-focused and role in Beijing.

      An avid reader, Joseph enjoys learning about psychology, global affairs, efficiency, Chinese society, and Chinese history. Joseph's passion for language and culture has seen him spend time in China, Europe, and Latin America as a part of his personal language studies. He has studied Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, and he hopes to learn more languages in the future.

Milestones

  • October 2018

    On October 23, Shang International Education Group has become an official member of the Leadership Circle Board under the Enrollment Management Association (EMA). As one of the first Chinese companies to receive the honor, Shang was recognized for its ethical practice and skills-oriented curriculum. Dr. Liu, the COO of EMA, attended the signing ceremony.

  • June 2018

    Grand opening of the Shanghia satellite classroom in Pudong District, marking the official entry into the Shanghai market.

  • May 2018

    Established Shang Academy’s Curriculum Advisory Board in May 2018. Board members include admission and academic directors at various esteemed boarding schools.

  • 2018

    Completed brand upgrade to become Shang International Education Group with multiple business units including Shang Academy, Shang Planning Platform, YES! Test Prep, Shang Solutions and Shang Online.

  • 2017

    Established Boston-based joint venture Shang & Nobles with high-end education consultancy Nobles Prep & Mentoring in Seoul. Shang & Nobles provides US-based guardianship and boarding life consulting services.

  • 2016

    Established Shanghai-based joint venture Sanli Shang International with international education group Sanli Education. As a content partner, Shang Learning provided proprietory skills curriculum to the Shanghai market.

  • 2015

    Received strategic investment in 2015 from Greenwich Education Group based in Connecticut.

  • Founded in 2013

    Shang Learning estbalished headquarter and main classroom in Beijing.

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Shang Solutions

Education is a highly personalized experience, and we fully understand that no student, or education institution, is exactly the same in terms of needs. Therefore, the ability to offer tailored and targeted educational solutions is crucial in obtaining optimal results, both for individual and for institution.

Shang Solutions is formed precisely to address such purpose and we personalize educational products and offerings for both students and institutions based on their unique demands.

Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Shang Solutions offer IEP roadmap to individual students who not only require one-on-one sessions, but more importantly, 100% tailored curriculum and lesson plans developed specifically to suit their educational goals. Each lesson plan is unique for students under the IEP track, and designated teachers focus on not only classroom teaching, but also research, development and refinement of content to match the students’ evolving needs.

B2B

Shang Solutions also services institutional clients, such as bilingual schools, international departments and international schools, that require content solutions. We provide market research, marketing and admission assistance, international business development consulting, content output, and teacher training for partner organizations. Our collaboration model is flexible ranging from white-label services to co-branded exercise. Our goal is to provide and supplement our institutional clients with a portfolio of personalized products and high quality international education resources.

To learn more about Shang Solutions, please contact:

  • Beijing:400 060 1010
    Shanghai:400 060 1133
    E-mail:hello@shanglearning.com

Contact Us

  • hello@shanglearning.com

  • Beijing:400-060-1010
    Shanghai:400-060-1133

BeijingShanghai

HeadquarterRoom 1216, Floor 12, Silver Tower, No.2 East Third Ring North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Beijing Main CampusFloor 3A, Tower 2, Wen Xin Hua Ce Film Exchange Center No.2 Jiangtai West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Beijing Shunyi CampusRoom 1106, Floor 11, No. 2 Building, Greenland Qi Hang South, Shunyi District, Beijing, China

Shanghai Main CampusSuite 1602, Floor 16, Jin Ying Tower B, No.1518 Min Sheng Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China

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