On July 30th, the Thailand Regional Final of the 22nd "Chinese Bridge" Competition was successfully held at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University. H.E. Mr. Han Zhiqiang, the Chinese Ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Sarang Vacharapaisarn, representative of the Thai Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, and Dr. Ruidej Kerdvichai, Chairman of the Council of Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, attended the closing ceremony and delivered speeches. More than 500 people, including Chinese language experts from Thai universities, Thai and Chinese media representatives, and participants, attended the event to observe the competition.
Mr. Han Zhiqiang stated that Chinese is the most widely used language in the world, carrying the ancient Chinese civilization. Chinese language education is increasingly valued by countries around the world. China-Thailand educational cooperation has been spearheading its way for many years and maintains a strong momentum. With 22 years of history, the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Language Competition has become a well-known brand in the cultural exchange between China and Thailand. He hoped that the youth of China and Thailand will use the Chinese language as a bridge to join hands in promoting the friendly relations between the two countries. China is willing to work with all sectors of Thai society to support the Thai people, especially young people, to learn Chinese, and to promote cultural exchange and friendly cooperation between the two countries.
Mr. Sarang Vacharapaisarn stated that the "Chinese Bridge" competition aligns with the policy goal of the Thai Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation of promoting internationalization in Thai higher education. This is achieved by engaging in bilateral exchange and cooperation with other countries to learn from their excellent practices in teaching, skill improvement, and lifelong learning.
On the day of the regional final, July 30th, 29 participants delivered brilliant speeches on topics such as "One World, One Family," "The Belt and Road Initiative Promoting the Common Development of China and Thailand," "The Fragrance of Thai Cuisine Traveling to China," and "Learning Chinese is the Golden Key to Understanding China" during the impromptu speeches and Q&A sessions, showcasing innovative topics and rich contents. In the talent show session, participants showcased their Chinese talents skillfully through melodious singing and graceful dancing.
After intense competition, Ms. Sirikhwan Lijan from Mae Fah Luang University emerged as the champion of the Thailand Regional Final of the Chinese Proficiency Competition for University Students, representing Thailand in the global finals in China. Xiao Honglin from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang received the first prize and will attend the global finals in China as an observer.
The competition was co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Thailand and the Thai Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, and co-organized by the Deputy Minister's Office of the Thai Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation and the Bangkok Center of Sino-Foreign Language Exchange and Cooperation, with support from the Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University. The 22nd Thailand Regional Final of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for University Students saw the participation of 116 students from 32 Thai universities.