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USP students for Chinese Bridge Competition

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Dr Yang Hui, Director of the Confucius Institute is flanked by winner Diana Botei and second prize getter Archana Pritika Malato who will be travelling to China as an observer.

Two students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Confucius Institute (CI) will represent Fiji at the Chinese Bridge Competition next month.

Diana Botei was the winner during the preliminaries at USP’s Confucius Institute at the Laucala Campus on 29 April, 2017 and she will be accompanied by second winner, Archana Pritika Malato for the finals in China in June. 

All travel costs including accommodation and air tickets will be paid for by Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters in China.

Dr Yang Hui, Director of the Confucius Institute at USP’s Laucala Campus said they have been organising the event since the establishment of the Institute in 2012, and it has seen more than 10 candidates travelling to China for the final competition.

“In so doing, the candidates have experienced the Chinese culture and way of life, some have even got Hanban scholarships and have studied in China for a semester or longer.

“The Chinese language and culture has become an exciting part of their lives and they have brought back with them good memories and a great learning experience,” Dr Yang explained.

She stated that the competition is a great opportunity to showcase the Chinese language, culture, knowledge and potential, adding that it could facilitate mutual understanding and friendship between the younger generation of Fiji and China.

According to Dr Yang, it is necessary for the observer to attend so that they too can learn.

“The final competition will comprise activities held at different places for a period of 15 days and this year it will be held in Changsha, Hunan Province, China.

“I think it is beneficial for youths to be multilingual as it makes communication much easier,” she noted.

Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE in congratulating the two winners stated that there are more opportunities offered and provided for students doing Chinese language and culture to be exposed to such opportunities in China.

“Such experiences will broaden student’s knowledge and understanding about Chinese culture and lifestyle,” she remarked.

Dr Kedrayate added that the number of students doing Chinese language continues to increase and further confirmed that two secondary schools in Fiji, Lelean Memorial and Adi Cakobau School are offering Chinese classes.

On a larger scale, the competition is an international one organised by Hanban and since its launch in 2002, the annual event has been held fifteen times and attracted more than 593 college students from 59 countries to participate in its semifinals and finals in China.

In addition there are more than 50,000 students all over the world involved in the preliminary rounds. The competition is now an important platform for international college students to learn the Chinese language and more about China.

Contents of the competition include Chinese language proficiency, knowledge about China, Chinese cultural skills and comprehensive learning abilities.

This news item was published on 3 May 2017 02:49:41 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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