The idea of setting up New Era College came at a time when there was a desire among individuals and institutions to offer more opportunities for higher education to a growing number of college-age young men and women. Places were then limited in the public universities and studying overseas was expensive. Furthermore there were no tertiary educational institutions for those from the Chinese medium schools. Out of this concern, the Dong Jiao Zong, the Chinese education movement in Malaysia, moved to set up a private university.
In 1994 the Dong Jiao Zong registered a company called the Dong Jiao Zong Higher Learning Centre Bhd. On 27 August that year the company applied for the establishment of New Era College. On 28 May 1997 the Ministry of Education gave its approval and on 28 October the same year New Era College was registered with the Selangor Education Department.
The campus for the new college was the site intended earlier for the proposed Universiti Merdeka. The land was previously occupied by the former Kajang Hua Qiao School. On 1 October 1998, the Hua Qiao School Trustees Board, formed by eight registered Chinese associations in Kajang, donated the land to Merdeka University Berhad to establish a Chinese tertiary educational institution. Merdeka University Berhad in turn passed the land over to the Dong Jiao Zong Higher Learning Centre Bhd. The first building completed on this piece of land was the administration building of Dong Jiao Zong (Dong Zong - United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia and Jiao Zong - United Chinese School Teachers' Association of Malaysia) which was declared open on 19 December 1993.
On 1 March 1998, New Era College accepted its first intake of 148 students. The new students commenced their tertiary studies in courses delivered by the Department of Business Studies, the Department of Information Technology and the Department of Chinese Language and Literature.
The Chinese community welcomed the setting up of New Era College and responded enthusiastically by forming committees all over the country to raise money for the new institution. Many of them saw New Era as the tertiary apex of an education system where Chinese is the main medium of instruction. Men and women from all backgrounds gave generously to the building fund. Through these efforts led by the Dong Jiao Zong, an academic block and a hostel block were completed by the end of 2001. In 2001, the Penang and Perak Working Committees were formed under the New Era College Building and Development Fund to coordinate fund-raising efforts in the northern states. Driven by the same vision to have a tertiary educational institution for the community, they joined forces with the southern states in Malaysia, in raising money for the cause.
In its first years, New Era offered franchised programmes from several overseas universities such as Gloucestershire University, United Kingdom and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Students could do the entire Gloucestershire University degree in New Era or an additional year in New Zealand for the Victoria University degree. The programmes offered by the two overseas universities were Bachelor in Business Administration and the Bachelor of Finance and Accounting. Similar credit transfer arrangements were made with several Taiwan universities in Media, Psychology and Counselling, and Chinese language studies.
On 30 December 2016 New Era was upgraded to University College status by the Ministry of Higher Education. This upgrading allows New Era University College to confer its own degrees and post-graduate degrees. Three faculties were thereupon formed out of existing departments and entrusted to develop and introduce new degree courses. At the same time diploma courses continued to be offered. These diploma courses while preparing graduates for a working career also serve as a pathway to degree courses in New Era and in partner overseas universities.
Following its upgrading Dr Mok Soon Chong became Vice-Chancellor and Prof Voon Phin Keong and Prof Lee Kam Hing were appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellors. In October 2018 the Graduate School was set up under the leadership of Prof Diana Wong. The Graduate School presently offers a Ph.D in Education by research programme.
New Era continues to be a non-profit making institution. The fees it charges are therefore very affordable. At the same time, it provides a large number of scholarships and fee waivers to deserving students. To encourage the further growth of a more multi-ethnic student body, New Era extends scholarships to groups less represented.
New Era soon gained a reputation for its commitment to research. It has the Tan Lark Sye Research Centre which funds research especially on Chinese society and culture. The centre has since expanded its research on the wider society.
In this commitment to quality teaching and research, the Tan Lark Sye Library plays an important part. Over the years the library has become one of the largest among private universities in the country with a collection of nearly 200,000 books. This includes books donated by individuals, the most recent being the Yong Ching Fatt Collection. Perhaps most noteworthy, New Era has the largest collection of Chinese titles in the country. The library is open for use to members of the public.
Since 2012 New Era publishes two academic journals. They are the Malaysian Journal of Chinese Studies which is in English and the Malaysian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences which is in Chinese. The two journals have an international circulation and attract contributions from both local and overseas scholars.
28 May 1997
1 March 1998
1st Principal, Dr Ang Tian Tse (1998-Sep30, 2000)
First intake of 148 students begin their courses
under three departments:
Department of Business Studies
Department of Information Technology
Department of Chinese Language and Literature.
Classes were conducted in containers in the early years. Even as funds were being raised for the other two blocks, education remained the top priority.
Offering Associate Degree in Media Studies.
2nd Principal, Dr Kua Kia Soong (Oct 1, 2000 - Dec 31, 2008)
21 July, 2002:
Official opening of hostel (Block C) and academic (Block B) blocks.
Campus facilities include computer labs, classrooms and lecture hall, a 600-seater auditorium, a cafeteria, and an outdoor performance / speakers area adoringly called ‘Empty Space’.
Diploma in Counselling and Guidance is launched under external programmes department. It is the first Chinese-medium course in Counselling and Guidance offered at tertiary level in Malaysia.
Department of Art and Design is formed offering:
Associate Degree in Visual Arts
Associate Degree in Visual Communication
Associate Degree in Interior Architecture
Kajang Observer (publication under Media Studies) is launched.
New Era’s Academic Research Centre is set up
Community service is made a compulsory 1-credit course for all students. This shows the seriousness in the College’s belief in holistic education.
Library is centrally relocated to existing carpark floors. It has one of the best-stocked Chinese Language collection in the country.
Art & Design Ceramic Workshop opens.
As the College continues to provide new facilities, new departments are also set up. The succeeding years are invested into strengthening the various programmes' syllabus to be in line with MQA.
Department of Drama and Visuals is launched offering Diploma in Drama and Visuals.
Department of Education is launched offering Diploma in Education.
Diploma in Fashion and Textile Design is launched under the Department of Art & Design.
Counselling Centre opens on Block C, 2nd floor. It shows The College's commitment to students' well-being.
Existing Diploma in Counselling and Guidance Psychology is officially upgraded to (2+2) B.A. in Guidance and Counselling Psychology.
3rd Principal, Dr Pua Eng Chong (Jan15, 2009-Dec 31, 2011)
Work on achieving University College gathers momentum.
Department of Business and IT
Foundation in Business
Diploma in Business Administration
Diploma in Accounting
Diploma in Information Technology
Diploma in Web Development Technology
Certificate in Business Information Technology
Department of Chinese Language and Literature
B.A. Chinese Language and Literature
Foundation in Chinese Communication
Certificate in Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Media Studies
B.A. Radio & TV (2+2)
B.A. Advertising & Promotion (2+2)
B.A. Journalism (2+2)
Diploma in Media Studies
Department of Art and Design
Diploma in Visual Arts
Diploma in Graphic Design
Diploma in Interior Design
Diploma in Fashion & Textile Design
Department Of Drama and Visuals
Diploma in Drama & Visuals
Department of Education
Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
Department Of Guidance and Counselling Psychology
B.A. Guidance & Counselling Psychology (2+2)
4th Principal & 1st Vice-Chancellor, Dr Mok Soon Chong (Since Jan 1, 2012)
Library sets up Fang Xiu collection & a new resource centre for Nanyang University, Singapore.
It is also renamed Tan Lark Sye Library.
New Era College is officially upgraded to New Era University College on Dec 30, 2016 by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.
April 8, 2017
The launching of home-grown Degree programmes.
September 24, 2017
The launching ceremony of Lee Yip Lim Collections.
April 15, 2018
The launching of Wisma Perfect New Era.
May 26, 2018
20th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony
July 28, 2018
The launching ceremony of <Malaysia-Singapore Philanthropist>
November 11, 2018
New Era 20th Anniversary Dinner
December 8, 2018
The launching ceremony of Lee Kim Chong Historical Collection of Malaysian Chinese Literature.
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Dr. MOK Soon Chong
Vice-Chancellor of New Era University College
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Department of Business Studies
Department of Finance & Accounting
Department of Computer Science & Information Technology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Chinese Language & Literature
Department of Education
Department of Guidance & Counselling Psychology
Department of Southeast Asian Studies
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Department of Media Studies
Department of Drama & Visuals
Department of Art & Design
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