On 13 May 2017, Kong Zi Institute University Malaya (KZIUM) hosted the 16th Chinese Bridge Competition for Malaysian University/College Students. The Chinese Bridge competition is a prominent event that tests a foreign student’s competency in articulating the Chinese language, Mandarin, and various other Chinese-related cultural talents. Organised by the government of China through the office of the Confucius Institute (Kong Zi Institute) in more than 125 countries worldwide, this annual event begins at the national level, where participants battle among themselves to become the next national champion. He or she will then represent his or her respective country in order to compete at the world level in China.
Out of 26 participants from 11 universities in Malaysia, Muhamad Shahmeer bin Mohd Nashrul from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) won first place and this qualifies him to represent Malaysia in the semifinals and finals in China.
Shameer then successfully advanced to the finals on 27 July 2017 as he emerged as the champion for the Asian continent. His success entitles him to compete in the finals with 145 students from around the world. On 12 August 2017, Shahmeer wowed the judges yet again and finished as the runner-up at the finals of the 16th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students. He also bagged the “Best Oral Award”, “Asian Champions”, and “Confucius Institute Scholarship” in the finals. This is the best achievement among Malaysian students since they began participating in the Chinese Bridge Competition.
Aside from his deep passion and appreciation for Chinese culture, his achievement is nonetheless attributed to the intensive training Shameer received under the supervision of Miss Pan ChunPing, from KZIUM prior to the semifinals and finals. From the training, he has enhanced his proficiency in the Chinese language and the general knowledge of China, the Chinese history as well as Chinese art and culture.