Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition
The "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition is a large-scale international contest sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters/ Hanban. Since its launch in 2002, the competition has been held every year and attracted over 200,000 students from about 100 countries in the world to attend. More than 1000 finalists have attended the final competition in Beijing during the past 11 years. The event has been considered as “Chinese Olympics” by the Chinese learners around the world.
The competition consists of three separate and independent contests:
- "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students
- "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign High School Students
- "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students in China.
In spring of every year, the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas organizes a preliminary contest to select contestants to attend regional competition in Houston. The finalists from Houston and other regions of the US then go on to Beijing to compete with other contestants from all over the world. We are really proud of the great success that our contestants have achieved during the last three years. In 2010, Roland Salatino, a high school student from St. Marks School of Texas, won the first place in the final competition in Beijing after competing with over 200 contestants from 98 countries in the world. Next year, in 2011, Roland’s sister, Marisa Salatino, took the second place trophy home from Beijing after rounds of fierce competing with contestants from all over the world. In 2013, Alexa Hassien, a high school student from Carrol High School in South Lake, won the second place in Houston’s competition. She is invited by the Confucius Institute Headquarters as a guest to watch the final contest to be held in October in Chongqing of China.
For more information about the competition, click here: http://www.hanban.org/chinesebridge/.