Switzerland wraps up its preliminary round of the 14th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students

[Source]    the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland [Time]    2015-06-05 16:03:52 
 

On April 25th, 2015, the Swiss preliminary round of the 14th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students and the 10th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students in Switzerland were held in Berne, capital of Switzerland. This event was hosted by the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland and jointly organized by the Confucius Institute in Geneva, the Confucius Institute at the University of Basel, and other colleges and universities in Switzerland. Around 100 guests attended this event, including Minister-Counselor Mr. Wu Jie, Chargé d’Affaires ad Interim of the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland; Ms. Xi Ru, Education Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland; and some Swiss sinologists.

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A contestant delivering his speech

A total of seven contestants from five universities in Switzerland competed with each other in three sections, namely, “speech”, “quiz on basic facts of China”, and “talent show”. In the “free speech” section, on the given topic of “My Chinese Dream”, the contestants told their own stories about China and shared their happy moments in learning Chinese. Then, in the “talent show” section, the contestants staged some splendid performances, featuring Chinese folk songs, musical instruments,  and Chinese martial arts (such as Taiji boxing), which drew rounds of applause from the audience.

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A contestant showing his talent

After fierce competition among the contestants, Pierrick Porchet from the University of Geneva, Lisa Dermont from the University of Zurich and Antoine Surer from the University of Lausanne were awarded the first, second and third prizes, respectively.

After the awarding ceremony, Mr. Wu Jie said, “This year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Switzerland and both sides will organize a variety of celebrations. This will provide many opportunities for young people in Switzerland to learn Chinese and understand China. I hope that they would make full use of these opportunities to work hard on their Chinese so as to become the contributors to friendly exchanges between China and Switzerland.”

 
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