2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for University Students in Bangladesh Successfully Closed
From September 8 to 21, 2013, the 2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for University Students in Bangladesh successfully held in Kunming.
The Summer Camp opening at Yunnan University on September 8, 2013
With only two weeks in Kunming, the campers:
- Attentively studied and experienced courses on the language, calligraphy, painting, paper cutting, tea ceremony and Chinese traditional medicine, as well as Chinese knots, Tai Chi, and the Yunnan minority’s music, dance, and musical instruments;
- Visited tourist attractions in Yunnan including the Stone Forest, Daguanlou Tower (Grand View Tower), Yunnan Provincial Museum, the Nationalities Village and other natural sceneries and cultural landscapes;
- Participated in sports games, friendship events and other activities and interactions with local college students.
In merely ten days, Bangladeshi students and their Chinese counterparts established a profound friendship and felt reluctant to bid farewell. Some Bangladeshi students exclaimed, “The scenery of Kunming is beautiful, and the people are more beautiful!” They added that they would work harder to learn Chinese after returning their country and go to Yunnan University and other universities in China to continue the study when there comes an opportunity.
Campers learning, experiencing and understanding the Chinese language and culture
The event received a great response and was reported by major media of Bangladesh and China. In particular, after returning to Bangladesh, teachers and students of North South University also brought what they had seen and heard in Kunming to the country and gave a detailed recount of their vivid and unforgettable experience during the summer camp. Thus this activity soon spread throughout Bangladesh and lots of students from North South University inquired the Confucius Institute about the time and other information of the summer camp next year. Moreover, as the number of enrollments from the university for Chinese courses in the fall semester increased sharply, two classes seemed far from meeting the needs of students. The Confucius Institute at North South University once again became the focus of Bangladeshi learners of Chinese. Every day there are continuous inquiries from students about scholarship and the HSK proficiency test.
These passionate and curious students once more created Chinese mania, which spread from Kunming to Dhaka, and even swept Bangladesh. It can be predicted that in the near future, a stronger craze for Chinese will surge into the Bay of Bengal, where there will be more Chinese language learners.
The two-week event was held in Kunming by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and jointly undertaken by Yunnan University and the Confucius Institute at North South University, Bangladesh. It is the largest and longest summer camp in South Asia.