Thursday, May 16, 2024

Lawrence Kamau, a UoN Chinese language major was declared the overall winner of the Kenyan finals of the Chinese Bridge competition and will later represent the country at the global contest in China.

In a colorful ceremony, the University of Nairobi hosted 20 students from different institutions in Nairobi for the finals of the 23rd Chinese bridge competition at the University’s Taifa Hall on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

The event was co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy, Confucius Institutes of various universities and other stakeholders. 

The Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students Kenya division is for showcasing proficiency in Mandarin and their grasp of the Chinese culture through different performances like Taiji, Wushu, dance and classical music.

The Kenya division finals of this year's Chinese Bridge competition covered speech, Q&A sessions and a talent show.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Prof. Stephen Kiama, UoN Vice Chancellor, said the Chinese language proficiency contest has gained traction globally, citing its role in fostering cultural and educational exchanges among civilizations. The Chinese Bridge competition also served as a platform for igniting passion for improving fluency in Mandarin among local youth.

Zhang Zhizhong, Minister Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, said that Kenyan youth studying Chinese language should leverage that opportunity to understand the essence of China's "Harmony Culture" and explore Chinese civilization.