UoN Student Wins Chinese Bridge Competition
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Mon, 2016-05-30 18:14

Ruth Kimani beat 15 contestants to clinch the top award including a one year scholarship to study in China.

Ruth Wakuhi Kimani, a third year student from University of Nairobi’s Confucius Institute was declared the winner in the 15th   edition of the Chinese Bridge language competition for Foreign College students.

Kimani beat 15 competitors drawn from various colleges and universities across the country during the event recently held at the 8-4-4 multipurpose Hall.  The annual Chinese language proficiency contest involves a Chinese speech presentation, knowledge answering and a talent show. The competition judges usually gauge the contestants’ Chinese language skills, Chinese culture, national situation as well as general knowledge about China.   

Speaking shortly after winning the award, Kimani said she had set her mind on the global contest to be held in China later in the year. "I think I will start preparing from tonight because I know the China stage is much more challenging than this one,” She said.

Kimani also said she was motivated to study Chinese having seen her father encounter communication problems while working with the Chinese people. “My Father could not speak Chinese with his colleagues despite working with them and the Chinese could not speak English”

On the secret to winning the prize, the third year student said she followed the 2015 Chinese bridge competition and started to prepare herself in advance.  The second prize was shared between two contestants- Emily Muthoni Ngigi and Grace Wagithi Muchiri also from the University of Nairobi. The third prize was shared by Hazary Mwaporojo and Brenda Muthoni from Egerton University as well as Mercy Kathina from the University of Nairobi.

The 2016 competition was organized by University of Nairobi’s Confucius Institute, Chinese Embassy in Kenya and sponsored by China Road and Bridge Corporation Kenya as well as China Telecom Global Limited.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Henry Mutoro Addressing the audience after the contest

 Mr. Yao Ming from the Chinese Embassy who served as chairman of the Jury showered praise on the exhilarating performances exhibited by the contestants. He said that the performers showed that they not only loved the Chinese Language but the Chinese culture too. 

Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof. Henry Mutoro thanked the Chinese embassy for helping and supporting needy students in the university. He also urged students to know more about China by learning the Chinese language. Also present during the event, were Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), Prof. Jane Mariara, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Production and Extension (RPE) and Confucius Institute Director, Ms. Guo Hong among other members of staff students and the public.

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