Stellenbosch University students impress judges at international Chinese competition

After securing a joint first place at the South African preliminary round on 5 May, Lucas van Niekerk and Catherine Judith Dollman (both SU students) headed off to Changsha in Hunan Province, China to compete in the international leg of the 11th International Chinese Bridge Competition.

As the name suggests, the Chinese Bridge competition aims to foster understanding of the Chinese language and culture by allowing participants (higher education students in Chinese studies) to compete in various Chinese language and culture categories. The start of the competition is marked by the hosting of national competitions within the participating countries, after which finalists travel to China and proceed to the international segment. Hundreds of contestants compete in China during the final (from 28 June to 26 July) which includes cultural experiences, touring China and tutoring.

Chinese speeches and cultural performances that impressed the judges at the South African round, held in Stellenbosch, ensured that Catherine, a Mandarin Honours student, and Lucas, a third year student in BA (PPE), placed among the top 3 South Africans, and indeed a joint first place and continued on to China. Footage of their recently completed first phase of the international segment can be viewed below.

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Read more about the Chinese Bridge competition and how the South African round unfolded here. Contact the confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University at these details: cisu@sun.ac.za | 021 808 9158.

Posted by Christopher Muller.