Overseas, SAR students visit motherland
Outstanding Chinese undergraduates from Hong Kong, Australia, the United States, Britain and Canada joined the China Synergy Programme for Outstanding Youth and visited China to learn more about its culture.
The programme was co-organised by the China Synergy Programme for Outstanding Youth, the China Overseas Friendship Association, the City University (CityU), the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and organisations on the mainland.
Fifteen local and 55 overseas undergraduates participated in a 14-day programme of exploration and exchange activities held in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangdong.
Before going to China, delegates attended forums and seminars on education, information technology and political developments.
Activities included meeting top government officials and outstanding Chinese youths, touring major socio-economic and cultural development projects, visiting local families and sightseeing.
The schedule was designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding overseas and local Chinese youths to know more about China's socio-economic and cultural developments.
Accountancy student Cecil Lee Man-yan, 22, was one of two delegates from CityU.
She enjoyed the lunch she had with military officers.
'They were very strong and disciplined, but they cooked for us,' she said.
Bernard Liang Ming-hoy, 22 and Ray Nie Rui, 23, were from Oxford University. Mr Liang has studied abroad after Form Three in Hong Kong while Mr Nie followed his father, moving from Hunan to Central America, Singapore, then finally settling down in Britain.
Mr Liang said there were only 200 Chinese at Oxford University. However, most Chinese classmates did well both academically and in extra-curricular activities.
'In the UK, we have to be more independent in learning instead of relying on lecturers to give us assignments,' he said.
'My goal is not money. And I'm so excited because I have found many like-minded youths.
'I'm confident that we can contribute to the motherland,' Mr Nie said.
Born in the US, Ernest Yeung Chi-hong, 18, is studying physics and biology at the California Institute of Technology.
The Cyberport project focused his attention on China.
'I'll be back. I'm Chinese,' Mr Yeung said.
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