13th “Chinese Bridge-Diamond Crown Jewel” International Chinese Language Contest held in Bangkok

[Source]    Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road [Time]    2016-09-28 12:21:31 

On September 4th, the 13th “Chinese Bridge-Diamond Crown Jewel” International Chinese Language Contest was held at Dhurakij Pundit University in Bangkok. At this year’s contest, directors of Confucius Institutes and Chinese heads of Confucius Classrooms in Bangkok and nearby regions as well as local experts on Chinese language teaching were invited as judges.

Around 4,000 contestants from Thailand, China and countries in Southeast Asia participated in the competition. Unlike previous contests, this year, organizers grouped the contestants into the Chinese category and non-Chinese category to ensure a fair competition.

Guests attending the opening ceremony of this contest included Master Phraprommangkalachan, President of Romchatra Foundation of Thailand, Chair of the Board of the Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road and Chairman of the Confucius Classroom at Traimit Wittayalai High School; Duriya Amatawiwat, Assistant to Vice Minister of Education of Thailand; Darika Lathapipat, Vice President of Dhurakij Pundit University; Zhou Gaoyu, First Secretary of the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand; and also representatives of Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms across Thailand.

In her congratulatory letter, Mdm. Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, extended her warm congratulations to this event as well as sincere appreciation and great respect to Master Phraprommangkalachan for his concern and support for this event. Relevant Chinese universities including Dali University and Northwest Normal University also sent their congratulations to this event.

Duriya Amatawiwat addressing the event

On behalf of the Ministry of Education of Thailand, Duriya Amatawiwat spoke highly of the “Chinese Bridge-Diamond Crown Jewel” Contest and expressed her appreciation to all parties for their support for the Chinese language promotion and the development of education in Thailand. Darika Lathapipat noted that learning Chinese is of particular importance to better promoting exchange and mutual understanding between China and Thailand. The “Chinese Bridge-Diamond Crown Jewel” Contest not only serves as a platform for Thai students to learn Chinese, but also creates an arena for them to showcase themselves, strengthen their capabilities and broaden their horizons.

In his remarks, Mr. Zhou Gaoyu highly commended Master Phraprommangkalachan’s contributions and hoped that the “Chinese Bridge-Diamond Crown Jewel” Contest, initiated by Master Phraprommangkalachan, would become a bridge of educational and cultural cooperation between not only China and Thailand but also China and ASEAN.

Master Phraprommangkalachan presenting certificates to prize winners

After the competition, Master Phraprommangkalachan presented the trophies granted by Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, certificates and Master Phraprommangkalachan scholarships as tokens of encouragement. He hoped that the contestants would make persistent efforts in their Chinese learning so as to become friendly envoys of cultural exchanges between Thailand and China and contribute to the social and economic development of Thailand.

A group photo of the guests, representatives from various social sectors and prize winners of the contest

The “Chinese Bridge-Diamond Crown Jewel” International Chinese Language Contest is an international Chinese language competition jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road, the Confucius Classroom at Traimit Wittayalai High School, Tianjin Experimental High School in China and Dhurakij Pundit University, with Romchatra Foundation of Thailand as the sponsor of scholarships. This contest, taking language competition as a major channel, aims at promoting cultural exchanges, deepening mutual understanding and encouraging Chinese language learners of various countries to make constant progress in their Chinese learning. In addition, this year’s competition receives strong support from Chia Tai Group and Hainan Airlines.

By Li Meng