Today is the 18th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Republic of Armenia and Peoples Republic of China as well as the results of the contest Course of China was summed-up at YSU. The contest was launched in 2009 with the participation of several students from different HEI of Armenia. Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to Armenia Tian Chanchu was also following-up on the contest.
In the beginning, there were only 160 applicants and the first stage was online. Students had to answer the questions and send them to the organizers (Chinese Embassy of Armenia and Zard Cultural NGO). Then the students had to pass the essay round and 32 participants had to be selected. The best 5 essays received special prizes, and two of them were printed in Republic of Armenia daily.
They almost had an idea of the range of questions before the finals, but as was decided before, the important thing was not the knowing the correct answer to the question, but delivery. The questions were multifaceted, but they all referred to China and Chinese, including culture, literature, history, philosophy.
After the answers to the first question of the finals, the jury decided to keep 16 participants, then 8 and finally 4. In the end, there were two specialists of Eastern studies, YSU PhD student Levon Petrosyan and student Varuzhan Geghamyan, who were fighting for the trip.
The jury gave its preference and the chance to study for a year in China to Levon. Varuzhan was very happy to receive the second prize (a laptop) because, as he said, he did not have his own one.
A contest is a contest and they are inexperienced youth. The only thing for me to do is to admire them. I especially admired the answer given by Varuzhan from Artsakh. He was asked what freedom meant to him, to which he didnt respond with pretentious words, but said that freedom was when he and his family left for a liberated territory and resettled. In other words, he didnt see the idea of freedom as simply tolerance, but dedication,-said host of the game, film director Tigran Khzmalyan.
The youngest participant of the contest was 6th form pupil, future astronomer Margarita Asatryan. Although she was dismissed from the 2nd round only because of her age, she received almost all the prizes.
My parents are specialists of Eastern studies. When I read the questions, I got interested and answered, but I didn�t know that it was only for students. The questions and finding their answers were not difficult. The important thing is the correct perception,-said Margarita.
The best eight and quartet also received special prizes.
I dont think Im the smartest. Perhaps my experience helped me. In any case, I am a PhD student. I had very strong competitors and am more than pleased to have been able to compete and show my skills,-said Levon who is preparing to leave for China and study Islam or Chinese studies there.