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SU student takes top spot in Chinese proficiency competition
Author: by Prof Huang Binlan, Chinese co-director of CISU
Published: 28/06/2022

​The Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University (CISU) is exceptionally proud of Stellenbosch University (SU) student Iola Meyer (pictured alongside), who recently scooped first place in the 21st Chinese Bridge proficiency competition for university students in South Africa. This is the first time in five years that SU achieves this honour.

The Chinese Bridge (or “Hanyu Qiao") is an annual worldwide competition for primary and secondary-school learners as well as university students – all non-mother-tongue speakers of Chinese – to showcase their Chinese proficiency. The 2022 edition for South African students was held online on Thursday 23 June.

Livestreamed by the Chinese embassy in South Africa from the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the event attracted some distinguished guests. These included His Excellency Chen Xiaodong (Chinese ambassador to South Africa), Prof Tshilidzi Marwala (UJ Vice-Chancellor), Prof Huang Wei (president of the Asia Pacific Engineering Federation), Mr Tang Zhongdong (Chinese consul-general in Johannesburg), Mr Li Xudong (education counsellor, Chinese embassy) and Mr Chen Kan (deputy general manager of Huawei South Africa). (See screenshot below of guests and contestants at the event.)