The Macmillan Group

With 350 companies operating in over 80 countries, the Macmillan Publishing Group is one of the largest and best-known international publishing groups in the world. It is characterized by high-quality academic and scholarly, educational, fiction and non-fiction publishing in many forms; from STM and social science journals to serious non-fiction and literary fiction; from educational course materials and dictionaries to college textbooks, monographs and reference works with supporting online resource sites. 

As a privately-owned company, one of Macmillan's strengths is its ability to focus on organic development and investment for the long term. Macmillan prides itself on a willingness to innovate as well as on employing visionary people with the creative and business sense to develop and implement new ideas. This focus has led to the successful expansion of the group into new business areas and an ability to innovate, especially in the digital space. 

Founded in 1843, Macmillan is now an integral part of the publishing group belonging to Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH. Macmillan's website,, has information on all the Macmillan subsidiary and associated companies. Holtzbrinck is a large, German-based publishing company with interests that include book, magazine and newspaper publishing, television, radio and other media. 

China Publishing Division

Set up in 1970, the publishing activity of the China Publishing Division focuses on three areas: English, science and Chinese language teaching. 

The highly successful New Standard English course is used in 25 provinces by more than 30 million students, from first-year primary school pupils to second-year university students.. The series consists of two primary courses, two junior high courses, a senior high course and a college course, New Standard College English. Macmillan and its partners also produce a range of supplementary English reading materials and the three-part Creative series and College English course, both for tertiary students. 

Nature: the Living Record of Science, is a 10-volume bilingual collection of over 800 of the most influential papers published since 1869 by Nature, the world's leading scientific journal. 

In the Chinese language teaching field, Macmillan's flagship title is Discover China, a course book designed for beginner to low-intermediate learners studying Chinese abroad. An accompanying range of books includes the highly popular graded Chinese reader series Tiantian Zhongwen (Chinese Every Day), and a Chinese character dictionary.  

Social responsibility

Macmillan is highly committed to promoting quality teaching and learning practices in China. Macmillan China has cooperated with organizations including the British Council and Chinese education institutes to develop and support the professional development of Chinese teachers. Initiatives include arranging training courses for Chinese teachers in the UK, organizing international education experts and trainers to deliver training in China, and providing books and other learning materials to various schools, colleges and charitable organizations.