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On Saturday, October 10, 2015, the University of Minnesota Confucius Institute and the Minnesota Department of Education hosted the third annual Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony and Reception. This event recognized over 500 Minnesota students who had successful performances on the 2015 Youth Chinese Test (YCT), Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Chinese proficiency test, Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), and/or the STAMP Proficiency Assessment.
Remarks were provided by Consul General Zhao Weiping of the Consuate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago; Vice President and Dean of International Programs, Meredith McQuaid; Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education, Hue Nguyen; and Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota, Joan Brzezinski.
During the ceremony, selected student ambassadors had the opportunity to ask a question in Chinese and receive a response from Consul General Zhao Weiping on the topic “Friendship between the United States and China."
Congratulations to all of the award recipients and their families!
Photo credit: Alex Roob