A Resounding Success: University of Melbourne students take out 1st and 2nd prize at the Chinese Bridge Language Proficiency Competition

On Saturday 13 May 2017, Bridie Allen and Anne-Aélis Perfrement, representing The University of Melbourne, won the top 2 prizes at the 16th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students (Melbourne). University of Melbourne Chinese teacher, Ruonan Zeng, who coached the students, also received the “Excellent Supervisor” prize.

The first place winner, Bridie Allen (Bachelor of Arts [Chinese]) and the second place winner, Anne-Aélis Perfrement (Bachelor of Science [Pure Mathematics] and Diploma of Languages [Chinese]), will not only travel to China in July to represent all Victorian universities in the final stage of this competition, but will also receive a scholarship to study at a Chinese university.

The Chinese Bridge Competition is the most prestigious competition for Chinese learners all around the world to challenge the language proficiency and cultural grasp. Bridie and Anne-Aelis firstly impressed the judge panel and audiences with engaging speeches in Mandarin, talking about their dreams and how “Dreams Enlighten the Future”. Apart from the language section, both students amazed everyone once again with stunning traditional Chinese dancing.

Following their excellent performance at the competition, the two students have been invited to speak on the Australian-Chinese 3CW Radio Station; they will all also perform for Victorian VCE students in August in Melbourne. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Bridie and Anne-Aelis for their great achievement and wish them all the best at their Grand Finale in China. Congratulations are also in order for Ms Ruonan Zeng for her diligence and professionalism in coaching our contestants for this event.


Bridie Allen receives her trophy and certificate for first place from Mr Jian Zhao, Chinese Consulate General (Melbourne)


Anne-Aélis Perfrement receives her trophy and certificate for second place from RMIT’s Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Coloe.


Ruonan receives her certificate for Excellent Supervisor from Mr Jian Zhao, Chinese Consulate General (Melbourne)