HKU student, 14, sure of making firm friends

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 July, 2012, 12:00am


A 14-year-old high-achiever is confident he will bond with his future classmates after he became the youngest student ever admitted to the University of Hong Kong.

Joseph Ng Kwok-chung, who attended the International Christian Quality Music Secondary School, learned last Thursday he had secured a place on a three-year degree programme in the faculty of science.

The prodigy took physics, chemistry and pure mathematics in his A-levels, along with his two mandatory language subjects, English and Chinese. His three As for the first three subjects, a C in English and a D in Chinese secured him a HK$40,000 lump-sum scholarship.

'I am really happy and excited to be accepted,' said Joseph. 'But perhaps like a lot of people, I'm most worried about making friends.'

But the young science lover is not particularly concerned, since the age gap is not alien to him. 'When I studied for the A-Levels, I got along well with older classmates,' he said.

Joseph skipped Grade Five in primary school, and in secondary school jumped straight from Form Two to Form Six.

Joseph has already mastered tricks to help fit in with older students. 'I tried to talk with them and sometimes play music with them,' he said.

His father has advised his son to keep up to date with entertainment news and play video games.

Joseph's interests are in chemistry, and he says he would like to further his studies on the subject and one day become a professor.

Additional reporting by Chris Lau