The 2016 Chinese Proficiency Competition

Chinese Bridge: 'Dreams Enlighten the Future' Preliminary Round

The 2016 Chinese Proficiency Competition

Want to see the masters in action? The Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, or the “Chinese Bridge” as it’s widely known, is having its 15th event this year and the preliminary round is being hosted by the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University on Saturday the 21st of May from 2 — 5pm.

This large-scale international competition is all about the mastery of the Chinese language and since it began in 2002, more than 700 contestants from over 60 countries throughout the world have participated in the semi-finals and grand finals of the Chinese language competition in China. In its 15th year, this competition is now an important platform for international college students to learn the Chinese language and understand more about China.

Reserving a seat isn’t necessary, but we’d appreciate it!

What Happens in the Chinese Bridge?

Ten students from universities across Australia, such as La Trobe, Melbourne, Monash, Deakin, and RMIT, have been nominated to participate in the Chinese Bridge competition. These candidates are all aged between 18 and 30, are of non-Chinese nationality, and Chinese is not their first language.

The competition itself consists of two parts. The first being a verbal speech for a few short minutes, and part two is where the fun really begins; the talent performance. In the past, many participants have been quite inventive and have hit the stage with rock music, acrobatics, and martial arts, while other performances edge on the more artistic creations like Chinese folk arts and traditional musical instruments.

There will be awards for first, second, and third prize, while every participate also receives an honourable mention for their participation. The winner of the competition will be entered into the all expenses paid Grand Final competition held in Changsha, China during July this year with their chance to win a 3-year degree Confucius Institute Scholarship and round-trip flight tickets!

“The event is a wonderful opportunity for our Victorian universities to showcase their Chinese language learning and teaching. It will enrich the students’ language learning experience and enhance their understanding of China and its culture.”
— Professor Anthony McGrew, Director of the Confucius Institute

Chinese Proficiency Competition Event Details

The theme of the Chinese Bridge this year is “Dreams Enlighten the Future”.

Time & Date: 2 — 5pm, Saturday, 21st May 2016.

Venue: West Lecture Theatre (WLT) 3, Bundoora, La Trobe University. You can easily find the WLT3 building using the Lost On Campus mobile app.

Free Car Parking: Directly opposite WLT 3 is Car Park 1, which you can access from the Ring Road as you can see on the Google Map below.

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Reserving a seat isn’t necessary, but we’d appreciate it!

In attendance will be family and friends of the participants and of course, anyone from the local and La Trobe University community is absolutely welcome. There will be several dignitaries there on the day, including Hon Mr Yumin Song, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Melbourne, Professor John Dewar and Professor Anthony McGrew (Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor respectively), as well as Mr Jiang Zhao, the Chief Education Consul pf P R China in Melbourne.

  • We’re pretty excited about this one!

    • Nikola Marković

      I would have loved to compete in a chinese bridge competition in Australia this year. I’m a university student at Charles Sturt University (they don’t have any involvement with chinese language study). Do I still have a chance?