Stratizen Excels at Chinese Bridge Competition


In a tale of dedication and triumph, Nicole Owens, a fourth-year Computer Science student at Strathmore University, achieved remarkable success at the International Chinese Bridge Competition finals held at the University of Nairobi. Owens secured two prestigious awards, the Rising Star Award and the Most Outstanding Award, showcasing her individual brilliance.

Competing against talented students from renowned institutions such as the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi, Confucius Institute at Moi University, Confucius Institute at Kenyatta University, and the United States International University (USIU), Owens’ exceptional performance was nothing short of extraordinary. Despite this being her first attempt at the competition, she displayed a level of proficiency and understanding that garnered the respect and admiration of judges and peers alike.

The Chinese Bridge Competition is celebrated worldwide as a platform where students from different countries connect and share their love for the Chinese language. It is known for its rigorous challenges that test participants’ language fluency, cultural insight, and performance abilities. For Owens, it was the perfect stage to showcase her talents and dedication to mastering the Chinese language.

Owens’ achievement is not only a personal victory but also a testament to the supportive environment at Strathmore University. Martha Trude, another Strathmore student, also participated in the preliminary round, showcasing the growing interest and competence in Chinese language studies within the institution.

Caroline Mbugua, School Manager, School of Humanities and Social Sciences lauded the students for their achievements at the completion.

“Owens journey from a novice participant to a dual award-winner serves as a beacon of inspiration for Chinese language learners everywhere. Her success demonstrates that with passion, perseverance, and hard work, anything is possible. Strathmore University takes immense pride in her accomplishments and looks forward to more students following in her exemplary footsteps,” said Mbugua.

Article written by: Stephen Wakhu

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