Top Chinese students recognised at CPIT

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06 Dec 2012

Canterbury Chinese language and culture students were recognised at the annual Chinese Language Awards ceremony at CPIT on Monday, held in partnership with the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS) and the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury. 23 primary, secondary and tertiary students were awarded ‘Best Student of Chinese’, as nominated by their schools, alongside the first Confucius Institute Chinese Calligraphy Compeition prize winners.

“We are very proud of our long-standing association with the NZCFS and our new relationship with the Confucius Institute . Together we celebrated our biggest awards ceremony yet with over 180 people attending. It was fantastic to celebrate all the people involved in learning and promoting the Chinese language and culture in Canterbury,” said Mark Hornby, CPIT Head of Humanities Department.

 Consul General Ms Tan Xiutian (right) presents an award to CPIT student Ga Yeon Ko.

CPIT students Hiroyuki Fujiwara and Ga Yeon Ko received two of the ‘Best Student of Chinese’awards. The recipients of CPIT’s prestigious annual Chinese Language Scholarships were also announced at the ceremony; Stephen Ramsey will travel to Lanzhou for one year in 2013 and Ga Yeon Ko and Hyeon Ki Cha will each travel to Shanghai for six months.

These sought after scholarships to China are open to students who complete the CPIT Diploma in Chinese, giving recipients the opportunity to study the language further. After completing the scholarship many students secure jobs teaching English or working for the government either in China or in New Zealand.

Find out more about studying Chinese at CPIT.