Manchester Confucius Institute swoops top prizes at regional teaching contest

Three teachers at the Manchester Confucius Institute won prizes, including first prize, at the 3rd Chinese Teaching Championship 2023 Central and North England Final Competition on Sunday, 26 November.

The contest, organised by the Chinese Proficiency Test UK Committee, was hosted by Manchester CI at the University of Manchester for the first time.

Ru Wang won the Adult Category and Zhongyu Fan came third, while Miaoqing Zhang won second place in the Primary & Secondary School Student Category. The other Manchester CI teachers received honourable mentions.

Ru Wang said:

I’m delighted to have won first place, especially as we were the hosts this year. It is such a great opportunity for us to observe other teachers and learn from them, and I’m proud of my Manchester CI colleagues. They have all prepared and performed very well.


40 participants entered the competition, with 20 selected to take part in the final hosted at the University of Manchester. Contestants included teachers from Confucius Institutes across North and Central England including at the Universities of Newcastle, Hull, Nottingham, Liverpool, Central Lancashire, Lancaster and others.

Ru Wang and Miaoqing Zhang will now progress to the UK-wide competition, which will take place in London in 2024.

January Mandarin courses at the Manchester Confucius Institute are now.

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