(Ruth Kimani receives her award from Prof. Mutoro and Mr Yao Ming from the Chinese Embassy)
The winner of the 15th edition of the Chinese Bridge Language Competition for foreign college students is Ruth Kimani a 3rd year student at the University of Nairobi’s Confucius Institute.
Ruth beat other 15 contestants from other colleges and universities to emerge the overall winner. The competition usually gauges the competitor’s proficiency in the Chinese language skills, Chinese culture, national situation and general knowledge about China.
Speaking while receiving the award, Ruth said the reason behind the motivation to study the Chinese language was because of the hurdles his father faced while working with the Chinese people. Both parties could not understand each other, since his father could not understand Chinese and also the Chinese workers could not speak in English. Ruth will now participate in the global competition which will be held in China later this year.
The first runners prize up went to Emily Ngigi and Grace Muchiri also from the University of Nairobi, while the second runners prize was won by 3 students; Hazary Mwaporojo and Brenda Muthoni from Egerton University and Mercy Kathina from UON.
The DVC Academic Affairs Professor Henry Mutoro emphasized on the need for students to know more about China and they could only do this by familiarizing themselves with the Chinese language. He also thanked the Chinese Embassy for supporting the needy students.
This year’s 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.