The first Shaanxi International Chinese Talent and Skill Competition (final) was successfully held at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi’an, Shaanxi province in Northwest China, on April 22.
The site of the competition at the university [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
The competition attracted a total of 103 foreign students from 35 countries, among which 20 contestants from 13 universities proceeded to the final.
International students show their Chinese proficiency. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
The theme of the competition was "I Love China" and "I Love Shaanxi". Participants narrated their stories about China and Shaanxi in fluent Chinese, starting from different perspectives such as Chinese history, Chinese character culture, classical poetry, natural scenery, and Shaanxi cuisine.
The contestants' proficient Chinese expression ability and love for Chinese culture amazed the judges and audience.
After the final, two first prizes, three second prizes, five third prizes, and ten excellent prizes were awarded. NPU had three of its contestants win first prize, third prize, and excellent award, respectively.
Additionally, 10 universities, including NPU and Xi'an Jiaotong University, won the Excellent Organization Award.
Gao Ling (first from right), deputy director of the Education Department of Shaanxi Province, and Song Baowei (first from left), NPU president, present awards to the first prize winners. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
The competition closely followed the theme of "Chinese: Enhancing Civilization Dialogue" on International Chinese Day 2023, building a platform for young scholars from various countries to exchange, cooperate, and share ideas, according to Song Baowei, president of Northwestern Polytechnical University.
Gao Ling, deputy director of the Education Department of Shaanxi Province, said the competition was a vivid reflection of Shaanxi province's achievements in education, opening up to the outside world, and demonstrating the understanding and love of Chinese culture among students from various countries.
The event aims to promote international Chinese education in Shaanxi province and the internationalization of Chinese culture. It also serves to deepen global understanding of Shaanxi and China, Gao added.