Confucius Institute in Edmonton

Confucius Institute in Edmonton

October 17, 2013 19:33 ET

Confucius Institute in Edmonton: Edmonton Students to Compete for Canada in Beijing

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2013) - Three high school students from Edmonton will help represent Canada at the 6th international competition in Chinese language and cultural knowledge.

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute in Edmonton the three students Ivy Friesen (Ross Sheppard High School), and Drew Parker and Shawna Truong of McNally High School, were selected to compete in Beijing in the last week of October, as a result of their strong performance at the provincial Alberta Chinese Bridge competition, held last spring in Edmonton at the Confucius Institute in Edmonton.

The annual Chinese Bridge Competition is an opportunity for learners of Chinese language at all levels to demonstrate their skills in Chinese language and their understanding of Chinese culture.

This represents the third time students from Edmonton have been chosen to represent Canada in this competition, showing the strength of the Chinese Bilingual Program provided through Edmonton Public Schools. These students along with 2,000 others are becoming fluent in Chinese language to their benefit and the benefit of Alberta.

The students will be accompanied by Dr. Mianmain Xie, the Cultural Coordinator for the Confucius Institute in Edmonton and a teacher of Chinese at Ottewell Junior High.

About CIE

The Confucius Institute in Edmonton (CIE) is a non-profit society that operates in partnership with its host, EPSB and the provincial education system of Shandong, China. Formally opened in May 2008 through an agreement between the Office of Chinese Language Council International (known as "Hanban") and EPSB, the CIE is part of a global network of over 400 Confucius Institutes fostering educational, cultural and economic linkages between China and the regions in which they operate. For more information, visit

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