The National French Speaking Contest Final of the 8th “Trophée des Talents 2020”, launched by the CCI France Chine and co-hosted by the French Embassy in China, the French SKEMA Business School, and the French Valeo, was held in Beijing on December 5th, 2020. YU Haobo, a second-year postgraduate student from SPEIT power engineering, won the championship.
The contest was divided into campus preliminary contest, regional semi-final, and national final, where approximately 100 students from over 50 colleges and universities participated. In the contest, themed “What Impacts COVID-19 Has on Our Life?”, participants had to conduct studies based on their own understanding of the theme, present their study methods and ideas with PowerPoint, and answer questions proposed by the jury which was composed of Cultural and Educational Cooperation Counselor of the French Embassy in China and Deputy Director of Institut fran?ais de Pékin Mr. Jean Philippe ROUSSE, General Manager of CCI France Chine Ms. Caroline PENARD, CEO of Valeo Siemens eAutomotive China Mr. ZHANG Jingsong, and Director of SKEMA China campus Mr. Matthieu DUMONT.
YU provided an insight into the impact of COVID-19 from the perspectives of ordinary people, engineers, and Chinese students in France to advocate global cooperation for a joint effort to overcome the crisis by coming together as a community with shared future for mankind. With fluent French and good onstage performance, he bulldozed his way to the final as the number one from Shanghai and finally bore the palm in the final, and was thus invited to attend the Gala Beijing 2020 of the CCI France Chine.
YU was admitted to SPEIT in 2015 and started his postgraduate studies in power engineering in 2019. He was on an exchange dual-degree programme between SPEIT and Mines ParisTech from 2018 to 2020, and held the DALF C2 certificate.
Award acceptance speech: The unique Chinese-French engineer development system of SPEIT and the experience of studying in France for over a year have not only significantly improved my French but provided me with a diverse range of ways of thinking and international perspectives. As I said in my speech, “la solidarité mondiale est dans l’intérêt de tous”. We would put an end to the global COVID-19 pandemic which matters to all of us, so long as we stand in solidarity and uphold the community with shared future for mankind.
The contest was initiated by CCI France Chine and co-hosted by the French Embassy in China, the SKEMA Business School, and Valeo, aimed at examining students‘ critical thinking and French through defence and presentation. It’s the 8th contest since it was created in 2013 to inspire excellent Chinese college students with business acumen, technology expertise, and foreign language aptitude, offer a platform for them to build ties with businesses and present their abilities, and help them better understand France and promote Chinese-French projects.
As one of the founding members of the SPEIT Business Club, Valeo has been directly involved in planning for the development of SPEIT. It has provided a vast array of training resources and opportunities for practice such as internship, in a bid to help students turn what they have learnt into expertise and thus enhance their overall competitiveness.
And as one of the top global automotive suppliers, Valeo provides its customers with innovative solutions for intelligent mobility with a focus on intuitive driving and carbon dioxide emission reduction technologies.