With the arrival of summer, the annual "Chinese Bridge" World College Students Chinese Competition Overseas Qualifiers have been in full swing in all divisions of the world. The "Chinese Bridge" World College Students Chinese Competition is an international Chinese competition hosted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters. Since its first session in 2002, it has become not only a great stage for outstanding Chinese contestants from all over the world to show their talents, but also a well-known brand activity of exchange in the field of humanities and cultures around the world.
Due to the impact of the pandemic of coronavirus, the overseas qualifiers of the 19th "Chinese Bridge" World College Students Chinese Competition in 2020 have been conducted online for the first time, which is a new challenge to the contestants. The students of Confucius Institutes co-built by Xiamen University and those from their host universities have adapted to the change, overcome difficulties, and have achieved excellent results in their competitions. Their performance has demonstrated the Chinese teaching achievements of Confucius Institutes and their host universities in various aspects.
Nigerian Division: Student from the Confucius Institute at Namdi Azikwe University wins the first place
On June 1st local time, the final of 19th "Chinese Bridge" World College Students Chinese Competition in Nigeria, hosted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria and co-organized by the Nigerian Cultural Center, the Confucius Institute at Namdi Azikwe University and the Confucius Institute at Lagos University, kicked off. Nine contestants from the Confucius Institute at Namdi Azikwe University and the Confucius Institute at Lagos University demonstrated their strengths through keynote speeches, talent show, Q&A session and impromptu speeches around the theme of "All under heaven are one family". In the Q&A session, the contestants of the Confucius Institute at Namdi Azikwe University performed very well. No. 1 contestant Ye Fangfang (Ani Ifeoma) and No. 3 contestant Li Haorui (Ojimmadu Ebube) answered the questions without any hitch, and failed in only one question; No. 6 contestant He Shuyi (Michael Chinecherem) won the only full score in this session. In the impromptu speeches, No. 3 contestant Li Haorui was clear in logic and accurate in choice of words. Not only did he express his love and yearning for the Chinese New Year, but he also described the Chinese New Year vividly. After fierce competition and comprehensive evaluation, Li Haorui conquered the judges and the audience with his talent and self-confidence performance style on stage. He won the First Prize and the best Eloquence Award. The Second Prize was won by Li Hanmo (Ifemeje Promise), also from the Confucius Institute at Azikwe University.
Wellington New Zealand Division: student from Victorian University of Wellington wins the championship
On June 5th local time, the Wellington New Zealand Division Qualifier, hosted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and co-organized by the Confucius Institute at the Victorian University of Wellington, was held online. The competition consisted of two parts: speech and talent show. Four contestants from two universities in Wellington participated in it. Monica Saili, a student of Victoria University of Wellington, which hosts the Confucius Institute co-built by Xiamen University, expressed the longing for mankind to work together for a better future in the speech entitled "All under heaven are one family". She said that in today's special period, mutual respect, understanding, cooperation and tolerance are very important. As citizens of the world, people should treat each other as equals, live in harmony and cope with various challenges together. Her speech and performance were favored by the judges, and she finally won the championship in this division.
Germany division: student from the Confucius Institute at Trier University stands out
On June 13th local time, the final of the 19th "Chinese Bridge" World College Students Chinese Competition in Germany came to an end. Thirteen contestants selected by 8 Confucius Institutes in Germany demonstrated their Chinese language skills and love of Chinese culture through Chinese speeches, Q&A session and talent shows around the theme of "All under heaven are one family". Yang Lishan (Alexander Berns), recommended by the Confucius Institute at Trier University, impressed the judges and the audience deeply. His Chinese pronunciation is clear and accurate. In his speech, he recalled his experience of visiting seafood farms in Qingdao and Yantai. He also shared with the audience how he felt when he first saw apple pear, dragon fruit and durian. His singing of the song "When You Are Old" moved the audience to eyes. In the end, he ranked second with Gu Ying (Lara Gruber), recommended by the Confucius Institute Metropol Ruhr.
Thailand Division: student from Mea Fah Luang University wins the first place
On June 28th local time, the final of the 19th "Chinese Bridge" World College Students Chinese Competition in Thailand, co-sponsored by the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, the Higher Education Commission of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of Thailand, and the Confucius Institute Headquarters Representative Office in Thailand, was successfully held online. This competition was also to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand and to mark the 40th year of Princess Sirindhorn learning Chinese. After fierce competition, Shu Ling (Sansanee Chaiain), a student of the Confucius Institute and Mea Fah Luang University, won unanimous recognition by all the judges for her solid knowledge of Chinese, fluency in her Chinese speech and excellent show of talents, and won the final Championship of Thailand Division. Lin Sihan (Phatcharapohn Prasertsoong), also from Mea Fah Luang University, won the First Prize and Best Popularity Award.
The Qualifier was highly competitive. A total of 105 contestants from 19 colleges and universities in Thailand passed the online written test and the top 25 outstanding contestants were selected to enter the final. The final was full of exciting attractions. In the sessions of speech and Q&A, the contestants focused on the role model of Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand in learning Chinese, the traditional Sino-Thai friendship like “one family”, the connection between China’s “Belt and Road” initiative and Thailand 4.0 strategy in the promotion of Thai economic and trade development, etc. Their performances showed their solid Chinese skills and abundant knowledge. In the talent show, the contestants offered the audience an online visual and acoustic feast with exquisite ideas and wonderful performances. The Yu opera "Hua Mulan" performed by Shu Ling was impressive, while Lin Sihan performed self-edited editions "Chrysanthemum Terrace" and "Worldly Tavern" to express her love of Chinese learning with singing and musical notes, and conveyed good wishes for the long-term friendship between China and Thailand.
Through the pandemic, the importance of communication and understanding is highlighted. This year, "Chinese Bridge" World College Students Chinese Competition Overseas Qualifiers have been successfully held during the global anti-pandemic period, which is a powerful manifestation of the strong interest of students from various countries in Chinese and Chinese politics, economy, and culture. It also fully demonstrates the common desire of young people from all countries to strengthen exchanges and deepen their understanding.
(Source: the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Confucius Institute at Namdi Azikwe University, Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, China-Germany Socially-Cultural Exchanges Official Accounts, Xinhuanet)