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Monday, 30 April 2018
Charles Darwin University
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Chinese language ground-breakers: (from left) Ethan Dilettoso, Zi Qi Nina Jia and Andrew Ping Lu, with Associate Professor Hua Wang
Chinese language ground-breakers: (from left) Ethan Dilettoso, Zi Qi Nina Jia and Andrew Ping Lu, with Associate Professor Hua Wang

Confucius Institute achieves language milestone

By Andrew Hall

A CDU student and two high school students are the first in the Northern Territory to sit the Chinese Government-authorised language examinations administered by CDU's Confucius Institute (CI).

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) test centre was launched at CI by Hanban, the headquarters of Confucius Institutes, in September 2017 to better serve Chinese language learners and is an international standardised exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency.

It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the language, and the characters, in their daily, academic and professional lives, and comprises six levels; those who pass at Level 3 and above can gain access to Chinese Government scholarships to study in China.

“Administering the first HSK tests is a special moment for us,” Institute co-director Associate Professor Hua Wang said. “The centre was established by the Chinese Government to provide an even standard of competency in Mandarin, and having one on our Casuarina campus means that school and university students of Chinese language will now have access to the examination system.”

The first students to take the HSK exam in Darwin were CDU student Ethan Dilettoso, and Darwin High School students Zi Qi Nina Jia and Andrew Ping Lu.

Prior to launching the test centre, students wishing to sit HSK exams would have to travel to Adelaide.