China's Ambassador to Russia Li Hui Attended the First "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Russian College Students
Ambassador Li Hui delivering a speech
May 20th, 2012 - China's ambassador to Russia Li Hui attended the first "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Russian College Students held at Moscow Railway Cultural Palace, which was jointly hosted by Hanban, the Moscow State Linguistic University and Chinese Embassy in Russia. Nearly one thousand people attended the event, including Ivan Melnikov, First Deputy Chairman of Russian State Duma, Kirill Barsky, Russian President's Special Envoy to SCO, Madam Irina Khaleeva, President of Moscow State Linguistic University, Evgeny P. Bazhanov, the President of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Jing Wei, Deputy Director-General of Hanban, Department of Education, Hunan Province, middle and primary schools and universities of Russia, media of the two countries, representatives of different fields and diplomats of the Embassy.
Ivan Melnikov, First Deputy Chairman of Russian State Duma making a speech
Ambassador Li Hui firstly warmly welcomed all guests and contestants and extended heartfelt gratitude to the organizers, namely, Hanban and Moscow State Linguistic University. Mr. Li Hui noted that, more and more Chinese and Russian colleges are opening course studying the language of the other country, and number of students learning language of the other country is growing rapidly, which illustrates the strong aspiration of reinforcing mutual understanding. Ambassador Li Hui highly appreciated Chinese teaching level of Russia and efforts made by teachers, encouraged students to learn Chinese even harder so as to serve their motherland and contribute to exchange, cooperation and friendship between the two countries.
Jing Wei, Deputy Director-General of Hanban, delivering a speech
Ivan Melnikov, First Deputy Chairman of Russian State Duma, Kirill Barsky, Russian President's Special Envoy to SCO, Madam Irina Khaleeva, President of Moscow State Linguistic University, Jing Wei, Deputy Director-General of Hanban and other guests delivered speeches at the event, of which, they highly valued substantial achievements in Sino-Russian relationship development and people-to-people exchanges and cooperation, highly appreciated the significance of popularizing Chinese and Russian teaching in promoting Sino-Russian relationship development; besides, they stressed that "Chinese Bridge" plays an active role in this regard and has become "a bridge of culture", "a bridge of friendship" and "a bridge of heart" full of charm. They congratulated on the holding of the competition and expressed their wishes that every contestant will make an achievement.
The competition started in the solemn Chinese and Russian national anthems. The competition consists of "three passes", the first pass is collective conversation, five contestants of each competition area constitute a team to discuss and exchange on a topic of university life in Chinese, then three out of the five contestants in each team will be promoted based on their performances; the second pass includes required questions and challenging questions, and the contestants should answer one required question and one challenging question in Chinese, five contestants will be promoted based on their scores; the third pass is impromptu speech and language show, the contestants choose a title by drawing lots and make impromptu speech in Chinese. Through fierce competition, Sboev Alexander from Far Eastern Federal University won the crown with his rich Chinese knowledge and exquisite Chinese language expression ability, Troshina Anastasia from Moscow National Normal University and Abieva Amina from Saint Petersburg State University won the second and third prize respectively, and the Far East Team got the Best Team Award.
During the competition, young Russian students offered audience elaborately prepared programs of entertainment with Chinese characteristics. The song and dance “Jasmine”, martial arts performance, Chinese national instrumental music performance and poetry recitation “Adios at Yangguan”, Chinese national dances and singing to the accompaniment of musical instruments won applauses from time to time. Chorus of the grand theme song of "Chinese Bridge" pointed to the climax of the competition.
The contestants of this session of "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Russian College Students are all Russian university students or graduate students. Five competition areas, namely, Moscow, Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk and Far East, recommended one team to participate in the contest, each team with five contestants. The first prize winner will be qualified to attend the World University Students Chinese Proficiency Competition, and the first, second and third prize winners are offered with scholarship to study in China; in addition, excellent team award and individual award were also issued. Prior to the Chinese Proficiency Competition for Russian College Students, preliminaries were held in the aforementioned five competition areas to select five winners attending the competition.