Over 400 Queensland school students, from 56 metropolitan and regional schools, competed in the 2019 Queensland Cup Chinese Speech Competition on 25 May at QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.
The Confucius Institute at QUT (CIQ), in partnership with the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Queensland, convenes this competition each year with regional competitions held in Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Cairns and Townsville.
This year, Study Queensland provided CIQ with a partnership grant under the International Education and Training Partnership Fund, in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Queensland Shanghai sister state relationship. This year’s competition provided a special prize to winners to travel to Shanghai and Beijing in July.
Nicole Patterson from Study Queensland said “the Queensland Cup is usually conducted in China for Chinese students to compete for the opportunity to travel to Queensland. This year we have changed direction and have supported this competition to have Queensland’s best nine Chinese language students travel to Shanghai and Beijing as reward for their significant effort and accomplishments. We know our winners will be great ambassadors for Queensland, showcasing our State’s high-quality school education system in China.”
CIQ Director, Antoine Barnaart said “We had 254 students compete in the regional competitions and now we had another 400 compete in the Brisbane final. We are delighted with the outcome and Study Queensland’s support, particularly for regional schools and students, who have less opportunity to be immersed in Chinese language and culture. The fact that four of the nine first prize winners are from Cairns shows the importance of this regional support.”
Nine winners including 4 from Cairns schools were announced on the day and they will be participating in a 10-day study tour program in July 2019.