The University of Nottingham Ningbo China will host the provincial finals of a prestigious English speaking competition in its Auditorium on Saturday 10 December 2011.
China Daily/21st Century English Newspaper initiated the "21st Century Cup" National English Speaking Competition in 1996 as a response to the Ministry of Education's call to improve students' English abilities. The competition has been held in major Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shenzhen as well as Hong Kong and Macau.
The competition, which runs from May this year to April next year, includes nationwide preliminary contests (online and on campus), regional contests and national finals. Students from around greater China compete in three categories: prepared speech, impromptu speech and a question-and-answer session.
The competition serves as the qualifying contest in China for the annual International Public Speaking Competition, organised by the English-Speaking Union.