SOAS University of London

SOAS students triumph again at Chinese Bridge 2019 competition

29 April 2019

SOAS students have again won top prizes in the UK final of the 17th Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition, held at Queen Elizabeth II Centre on 6 April. There were 22 contestants from 15 universities.

SOAS continues to have an outstanding record of success in the Chinese Bridge Competition, a prestigious international contest in Chinese language and culture proficiency for non-native speakers. For the last nine years, at least one SOAS student has taken one of the top three places in almost all the UK finals of the competition, demonstrating SOAS' leading position in the teaching of Chinese language and culture.

Bridge 2019

SOAS at 2019 Chinese Bridge Competition (from left to right): SOAS student Ruth Wetters (Stage host), SOAS student Gareth Erskine (Stage host; 2018 Chinese Bridge Grand Prize winner), SOAS teacher Wanli Gao (2018 Best Tutor), SOAS teacher Zhaoxia Pang (2019 Best Tutor), Dr Nathan Hill (SOAS HoD and Director of London Confucius Institute), SOAS student Gregor Bauer (2019 Grand Prize winner)

This year, SOAS’s Gregor Bauer, a year-four student in International Relations and Chinese won the Grand Prize. For the talent portion of the contest he played a traditional Chinese musical instrument, Pipa, which is often recognized as one of the most difficult musical instruments to play Senior Lector Zhaoxia Pang was also awarded the Best Tutor of the year.

Dr Nathan Hill, Head of Department of East Asia Languages and Cultures and Director of London Confucius Institute who attended the competition, said: “For me it was a personal honor to see Gregor’s prize winning performance. The whole department is extremely proud of him.”

Zhaoxia Pang said: “I have witnessed Gregor’s remarkable progress and wish him an even greater success in the global competition in China.”

The Chinese Bridge Competition began in 2002 and has since become the world’s most prestigious Chinese proficiency competition for foreign university students. Since the start of the competition in 2002, at least one SOAS contestant has been among the top three winners to go to China to compete in the international competition – a televised event watched by millions in China. SOAS has also produced two winners of the international competition. The School’s consistency in the competition demonstrates SOAS' leading position in the teaching of Chinese language and culture.