(Xinhua) -- The Ghanaian preliminary round of the 16th
“Chinese Bridge” language proficiency competition for college
students took place on Friday at the University of Ghana, Legon,
The Chinese proficiency competition is
held annually for non-Chinese college students in various
countries to arouse their enthusiasm in learning Chinese and
strengthen the world’s understanding of Chinese language and
This year’s competition, organized by
the Confucius Institute, attracted 10 students selected from
three universities in Ghana.
Joseph Edward Yawson, a student of the
University of Ghana, Legon, won the overall prize after three
rounds of contest in writing examination, spoken Chinese,
knowledge about China and Chinese cultural talent.
For his prize, Yawson received a
paid-trip to represent Ghana at the international finals of the
competition to be held in China later this year and a six-month
Confucius Institute scholarship.
The first runner-up, Benjamin Hayfron-Walker,
will also visit China to observe the world contest.
Yawson was very excited after the
contest and told Xinhua that he had set his eyes on the world
“Over the years, there have been my
seniors who have represented Ghana in that competition in
China and they did very well. You talk of someone like
Ignatius he was able to get a very good position. So I will
set this as a target that I have to be able to bypass him,”
Hayfron-Walker said he would use the
opportunity in China to support Yawson.
The Political Counselor of the Chinese
Embassy, Jiang Zhouteng, urged the students to serve as bridges
to deepen China-Ghana cooperation.