Two SALC students bring home top prizes from Chinese Bridge competition finals

Two undergraduate students from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures representing the Manchester Confucius Institute brought home top prizes competing in the 23rd "Chinese Bridge" International University Student Chinese Competition in London on Jun

Julia Makosa, a British student who came second in the global final in 2021, won second place in the Business category.

Childimma Daisy Anyakora, a Nigerian-British student, won first place in the All-England final. Julia Makosa, a British student who came second in the global final in 2021, won second place in the Business category.

Our Institute has been successfully promoting Chinese education and culture to the international arena through the Chinese Bridge competition and we’re proud to have continued the tradition this year. This award is not only a recognition of the individual talents of Childimma and Julia, but also a full affirmation of the quality of education at the Confucius Institute and the University of Manchester. We hope our activities will continue to help people fall in love with Chinese language and culture.


The "Chinese Bridge" International University Student Chinese Competition is an international competition organized by the Center for Language Exchange and Cooperation of the Ministry of Education of China aiming to strengthen academic and people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries through language and culture.

In this year’s competition, a total of 24 contestants participated in the semi-finals, with 11 contestants making it to the final. Eight finalists took part in the Business Innovation Competition.

Childimma Daisy Anyakora has been studying Chinese since 2019 and shares her learning experience via the popular Chinese social media channel Little Red Book. Julia, who successfully represented Manchester Confucius Institute at the Chinese Bridge competition in 2021, is currently in her fourth year at UoM.

They follow in the footsteps of UoM medical student, William Hart, who successfully taught himself Chinese over lockdown and won the Grand Prize at the finals of the 2022 Chinese Bridge competition.

Want to improve your Chinese so you can compete next year? Check out our Summer Mandarin courses.