Three Edinburgh students and their tutor will next month head to London to take part in the UK heats of the global `Chinese Bridge` competition for university students held annually.
In addition to testing language proficiency, the competition tests knowledge of China, cultural skills and understanding. There is huge scope to demonstrate cultural skills and understanding through e.g. Kongfu, Taichi, calligraphy, music, paper-cutting etc. As well as Grand First, Second and Third prizes there are a number of special awards for individuals such as Best Presentation, Best Performance, Best Eloquence, Best Tutor etc.
Edinburgh has a great track record from previous competitions. Last year’s three competitors all made it to the final round with James Mabbutt being awarded the top place, while Ieva Nagyte won First Prize. Our third competitor Marta Hennig was awarded Best Knowledge Prize and Dr Zhu, Chinese Language Programme Director received a special award as Best Tutor.
Ieva went on to achieve a top ten place in the global final in Beijing which is a broadcast televised event with viewer voting.
The 14th `Chinese Bridge` competition will take place in London on Saturday 21st March 2015.
We send good luck wishes to the 2015 candidates and to their tutor Dr Zhu!