Scholarship winners to promote HK
Two outstanding university students have won the opportunity to attend international conferences and speak on behalf of the SAR.
Fok Wai-kei, a year four student from the Department of Education at the University of Hong Kong and Shih Leung-leung, a year two student from the Faculty of Business Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, beat 49 other contenders to win the 2000 Japanese Airline Scholarship.
'Words just cannot express how excited I am,' said Mr Fok.
'I am particularly looking forward to meeting scholars from previous years.
'I hope they will share the experience and knowledge they have gained from the programme with me.' He said he would introduce to Japanese students the day-to- day life of Hong Kong people and the hopes of teenagers at AIR (Asia and International Relations) FESTA 2000.
Ms Shih said she would like to promote a better understanding of traditional Chinese culture among their Japanese counterparts.
'I was born and raised in the mainland, and I feel that I have the responsibility to share my cultural heritage with our Asian neighbours. I have never been to Japan before and I think the Japanese might be interested in learning more about life in China, especially in the rural areas.' The two winners, together with students from 11 countries in the region, will attend a course on 'Understanding Japan' conducted by the JAL Academy in Tokyo. It will include some basic Japanese conversation classes and a series of special lectures.
After completing the course, they will participate in the AIR FESTA 2000 in Hiroshima, during which discussions will be conducted to promote under standing among the scholars. Participants will then attend the 'Asia Forum in Tokyo', which will include a keynote speech and a panel discussion with JAL alumni.
Michio Takagi, senior vice- president of Japan Airlines, has a very high opinion of the two SAR representatives.
'They are the embodiment of qualities that make Hong Kong successful: energy, vision, creativity and perseverance,' he said. 'I'm sure the programme will offer them much knowledge and experience which they will find useful in their days ahead.' The students will be in Japan from July 20 to August 20.