Queensland Cup sends young education ambassadors to China

Wednesday 7 August, 2019 | By: Ella Schalch and Trade & Investment Queensland

Eight Queensland school students have honed their Chinese language skills and promoted Queensland education overseas after winning a language competition supported by TIQ’s Study Queensland team.

The Queensland Cup language competition is an initiative to strengthen Queensland-China education networks and showcase Queensland’s educational strengths.

In previous years, the competition has selected outstanding English-language students from China to travel to Queensland.

This year, to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Queensland’s sister-state relationship with Shanghai, it was the turn of Queensland students to compete for a 10-day study tour of China.

Study Queensland Executive Director Shannon Willoughby said more than 400 students had entered the 2019 Queensland Cup, with 8 winners travelling to China in July.

‘More than 56 schools across Queensland entered students in the competition, with our final winners drawn from Brisbane, Cairns and Gold Coast schools,’ she said.

‘These outstanding students travelled to Shanghai and Beijing to learn firsthand about China’s language, history, geography and culture.

‘As well as participating in intensive language training and visits to cultural sites, they also made formal presentations at functions and receptions, including at the Australian Embassy and Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing.’

Ms Willoughby said the students, drawn from years 5 to 12, had been excellent education ambassadors for Queensland.

‘Our winners were living examples of what you can achieve with a high-quality Queensland education,’ she said.

‘They were great ambassadors for their families, schools, communities and Queensland.

‘Their Chinese hosts were amazed at their talents and it was a perfect way to celebrate 30 years of friendship between Queensland and Shanghai.’

The Queensland Cup Chinese language competition and winners’ tour were convened by the Confucius Institute at QUT in conjunction with the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Queensland.

Confucius Institute Director Antoine Barnaart thanked Study Queensland for supporting the Queensland Cup study tour of China.

‘A Study Queensland grant from the IET Partnership Fund made the tour possible,’ he said.

‘I’d also like to acknowledge the logistical support provided by the China offices of Study Queensland, the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and the International Education Association of Shanghai.’

China is Queensland’s largest source of international students, with almost 31,000 student enrolments in Queensland from China in 2018.

International education and training is identified as one of Queensland’s export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

This article was originally published on Trade & Investment Queensland

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