Six Hong Kong students bound for London games

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 May, 2012, 12:00am

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Six City University students will be part of a team of more than 5,000 people helping to keep the vast technology network for the London Olympic Games running smoothly.

The electronic engineering students have been chosen by Atos, the games' information technology partner, to join a group of 20 interns taking part in IT management work.

They will leave for London next month for training and when the games open on July 27 will work on tasks such as distributing competition results to the media.

'It's a chance of a lifetime,' mainland student Gao Ziqun said yesterday. 'I chose to come to Hong Kong three years ago because it is a place full of opportunities, like this programme.'

The six students, all in the second year of their undergraduate studies, were chosen from 30 applicants from the university after two interviews with Atos. The company has also recruited interns from India, Morocco and Bulgaria.

Despite the chance to work overseas at such a big event, another of the students is resigned to the fact that he might not see much of the action.

Law Chi-hang would like to watch the track and field competitions, but said he knew he would be focusing on backstage work and might not be able to do so.

Looking on the bright side, he said: 'The job will be a good opportunity to learn to communicate with different people.'

The students were selected for their command of English, ability to work as a team, passion, motivation and discipline.

Their air tickets are sponsored by the university and the company will give the students an allowance for their daily expenses in London.

In total the games will have a team of more than 5,000 technology staff working for Atos and other companies to oversee 900 servers, 1,000 network and security devices and 9,500 PCs delivering telecommunications, audio-visual, timing and scoring technology. Atos will be responsible for integrating, managing and securing the IT system.