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The Study in China Easter Camp Program is a two-week program in Shanghai. It is jointly organized by UCC Confucius Institute, Irish Institute of Chinese Studies (UCC) and Shanghai University and sponsored by the Headquarters of Confucius Institute (Hanban). It provides an opportunity for non-Chinese students in Irish second level schools (mainly Transition Year students) to visit China and to learn its language and culture.
The "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition is a large-scale international contest sponsored by Hanban, and is well-known in the cultural and educational exchanges worldwide. It consists of 3 events: "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign High School Students and "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students in China. The competition is held yearly, organized and carried out by the Organizing Committee.
In recent years, the "Chinese Bridge" Competition is carried out by Hanban in cooperation with local governments, and presented to the public through TV broadcast, which has achieved good effects. So far, the "Chinese Bridge" Competition for College Students has been held 8 times, and attracted 705 college students from over 60 countries participating in the semi-finals and finals in China. The "Chinese Bridge" for High School Students has been held twice. Nearly 200 secondary school students from over 20 countries were invited to China to share their achievements and happiness during their Chinese learning. The "Chinese Bridge" for Foreign Students in China, co-hosted by Hanban and CCTV's Overseas Program Center, has been held twice, which attracted about 200 foreign students from over 40 countries in China to compete with each other. The total number of participants for preliminary rounds of the three contests has exceeded 800,000.
The "Chinese Bridge" Competition aims to arouse the enthusiasm of students in various countries in learning Chinese and strengthen the world's understanding of Chinese language and culture. At present, the competition has become an important platform for college students of various countries to learn Chinese language and learn about China. It builds a communication bridge between young people of China and other countries. Just as the words of Liu Siwen, first place winner of the 8th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, "The 'Chinese Bridge' brings us a kind of luck. I will keep the luck and the friends in my heart. We will get together again, because our future will surely links with China. "