After winning 17th Chinese language proficiency competition last year through Randy Zaunda, the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) was this year the host of the 18th Chinese Bridge–Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students held on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
Unfortunately, MUST came second best as a Chancellor College (Chanco) student, Moses Dausi, emerged as the outstanding winner and will compete against national winners from across the globe at the finals in the Peoples Republic of China.
The consolidation, however, was that three MUST students, made it into the top list with Zipporah Bvalani emerging runners up and will go to the global finals in China as an observer. He was the first prize winner while Chanco’s Rabecca Mulinda and Francis Banda of Malawi Institute of Tourism (MIT) tied as second prize winners.
There were three third prize winners in Syton Chawinga of MUST, Desire Ntokoma of MUST and Gladson Chirwa of Malawi Institute of Management (MIM).
In his speech, Executive Dean of the Bingu School of Culture and Heritage (BISCH), Dr Robert Chanunkha, who spoke on behalf of Vice Chancellor Professor Address Malata, thanked the Chinese Embassy for organising the competition and choosing MUST as host for 2019.
He said the university was happy to be associated with the competition which promotes cultural exchange.
Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Lilongwe, Gary Liu said the competition was part of efforts to help Malawians students learn Chinese language and culture.
“China is the second largest economy in the world and hence the need for Malawians students to be proficient in Chinese language and culture as they represent Malawi in development projects,” he said.
Liu added that this would also help to strengthen the diplomatic ties between China and Malawi.
Director for Higher Education at Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Dr Samson MacJessie-Mbewe, was impressed with the way Malawian students had embraced Chinese language and culture.
He said this showed that our students appreciate the importance of learning Chinese language and culture in this global village.
The competition is held annually for college students from non-Chinese speaking countries and is organised by the Confucius Institute.
This year, students from Chanco, MUST, MIT, MIM and Daeyang University competed.