University Winner of Tertiary “Chinese Bridge” Speech Competition

Congratulations to John Beijen, a Masters of International Relations student at Victoria University of Wellington who came first in the regional tertiary competition on 14 July.

Victoria University of Wellington student, John Beijen, was judged the best Mandarin speaker and talent at the regional Confucius Institute tertiary competition held over Zoom on 14 July. John is a Chinese and International Relations graduate of the University and is now studying for his Masters of International Relations. He will be one of three New Zealand representatives eligible to participate in the International ‘Chinese Bridge’ speech competition in September-October.

Congratulations also to second-placed Laura Evans (Massey University) and to Beth Burton (VUW) and Karen Pratap Chin (Massey) for providing such stiff competition.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the annual Chinese Bridge-Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students run by Chinese Bridge, a programme of the Centre for Language Education and Cooperation in Beijing. There are numerous scholarships to study in China available to participants who do well at the global competition.