Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University in Thailand held 1st "Chen Chun Cup" Chinese Aptitude Contest
The 1st "Chen Chun Cup" Chinese Aptitude Contest was held on 12 June in the campus of the Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University which attracted over 200 students from universities, primary and secondary schools all over Thailand to sign up for the contest.
This contest was co-held by China Daily News, China Culture Charity Fund and the Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University. Over 20 guests, such as Guan Mu, ambassador of the Chinese embassy to Thailand, Qiu Ning, first-class secretary of the education group of the embassy, Chen Zheng, president of China Daily News, Zheng Zhisun, president of the Thailand General Industrial and Commercial Chamber, Liang Bing, head of Chinese descendent in Thailand and president of the Chinese School Association attended the winner awarding ceremony. Ambassador Guan Mu said in his speech that along with the Chinese craze in Thailand the Chinese aptitude contest of "Chen Chun Cup" emerges for the students in the universities, primary and secondary schools of Thailand. It takes the painstaking efforts of people from all walks of life to make this contest into a new highland to promote Chinese teaching in Thailand. Su Peng, president of the Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University said in his speech that the Confucius Institute is playing a greater role in the education of Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University and more students are taking Chinese course.
The contest is organized in two sections. First written examination is taken by students from universities, primary and secondary schools. After the written examination, 10 top performers are selected to attend the oral examination that afternoon. The examinees say about their understanding to the oral examination and talk with the examiners to demonstrate their Chinese language aptitude, which receives thunderous applause by the audiences.
After the contest, Prof. Liang Dezhong, Chinese Dean of the Confucius Institute, noted that learning Chinese is a most important means to get to know Chinese culture. "Chen Chun Cup" provides a platform for extensive exchange of Chinese and Thai cultures. The Confucius Institute will better cooperate with China Daily News to make more opportunities available for Chinese learners. He also expressed his hope for more and more Thais will love Chinese culture and enjoy learning Chinese through this contest.