Mandarin is the national language of China and Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. More than one billion of the world's population are Chinese speakers. The Chinese population is already one fifth of the population of the world and is rapidly expanding its presence everywhere. Modern Standard Chinese is an official language of the United Nations.
Learning Mandarin is more than learning a language, it enables you to explore one of the most ancient cultures of the world. Knowing the Chinese language will enable you to communicate better with Chinese speaking people and provide you with a better understanding of Chinese culture. By learning Mandarin you will be able to speak with more people than any other language, including English. Mandarin is comparatively spoken by fewer non-Chinese than most European languages spoken by non-natives of their respective countries. That means there is a greater demand for Chinese since fewer Westerners are able to speak it.
Mandarin is also an open door to a huge job market in all of the countries where Mandarin is the language of commerce like Mainland China, Taiwan and Singapore. Abundant opportunities for government and business careers as well as scientific and cultural exchanges await the students of Chinese.