UniKL MSI student wins top prize in Chinese Language Proficiency Competition

Noor Alyaa Zhulaikha Mohd Noor, a student from Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Spanish Institute (UniKL MSI), has achieved a resounding victory by securing the first prize in the highly-esteemed 22nd Chinese-Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Malaysian Universities Students.

Noor Alyaa Zhulaikha’s remarkable achievement not only highlights her exceptional linguistic abilities but also challenges stereotypes, as she will represent Malaysia in the upcoming Global Final competition in China.

Competing against 20 other finalists from universities across Malaysia, she emerged as the standout participant in a contest organised by the Kong Zi Institute at Universiti Malaya (UM) on May 27, 2023.

“My journey in mastering Mandarin began at the age of five when I enrolled in a Chinese kindergarten, followed by further language mastery at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina during my primary school years,” said the 23-year-old student.

For the record, the competition comprised several rigorous stages. In the preliminary round, she was selected as one of the finalists based on a one-minute self-introductory video.

From there, she navigated through a series of challenges, showcasing her linguistic prowess and cultural knowledge.

The grand finale witnessed Noor Alyaa Zhulaikha’s exceptional talent as she showcased her singing abilities. With her charismatic stage presence, it solidified her place as the deserving first-prize winner.

“To prepare for the Global Final competition, I am currently focusing on revising the history and geography of China, as well as expanding my knowledge of the country’s rich cultural heritage,” she shared.

With support from her Mandarin lecturer at UniKL MSI, Mr. Tan Hua An and the Kongzi Institute at UM, she is determined to showcase the depth of her understanding and make Malaysia proud on the global stage.


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