Confucius Institute (CI)
Confucius Institute at UCC held a successful event to celebrate International Chinese Language Day
On 22 April, the Confucius Institute at University College Cork (UCC) hosted the final of the 16th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students in Ireland and the Chinese Language Day Cultural Performance to celebrate International Chinese Language Day, showcasing the charm of Chinese language and culture in a variety of ways.
The event was supported by Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Chinese Embassy in Ireland. The representative of Mayor of Cork City County, Councillor Derry Canty, the Deputy Mayor of Cork County Council, Councillor Frank O'Flynn, and the First Secretary of the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, Dr Zhu Xikun, all pointed out in their speeches the significant role played by the "Chinese Bridge" for Irish secondary school students in promoting education and mutual cultural understanding between the two countries, and highly appreciated the contribution of the Confucius Institute at UCC to the development of Chinese education in Ireland. They also encouraged young Irish students to actively study Chinese language courses and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture.
A total of 26 secondary school students from different parts of Ireland took part in the competition. In addition to the participants, nearly 100 spectators, including their families and friends, instructors, and local Chinese and Confucius Institute teachers, attended this Chinese language and culture event. International Chinese Language Day was celebrated with a variety of performances, including choral singing, traditional Chinese musical instruments and Tai Chi fan.
The success of this celebration not only demonstrated the enthusiasm of Irish secondary school students in learning Chinese language and culture but also the great importance that Cork City and County Cork attach to Chinese language education, as well as showing the strong interest of the Irish public in traditional Chinese culture. We hope that in the future we can continue to promote friendly cooperation and exchanges between the people of China and Ireland through more such cultural interactions.