HKU third university to interview prodigy

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 August, 2007, 12:00am

The University of Hong Kong has become the third university to interview the nine-year-old maths prodigy who scored two A's in the British A-level exams.

March Boedihardjo, an Indonesian-Chinese boy who is believed to be the youngest person to achieve such a result, has applied to four local universities - HKU, Baptist University, Chinese University and University of Science and Technology.

Baptist University and HKUST have already interviewed March, whose A's were in mathematics and further mathematics.

A spokesman for Baptist University said no decision would be made before March received the results of his British General Certificate of Secondary Education exams tomorrow. He would have to pass at least six subjects, including English and another language.

HKU's pro-vice-chancellor, Joseph Lee Hun-wei, said March had been interviewed but he would not comment on his performance. 'We are considering his application,' Professor Lee said. 'No decision has been made. We keep an open mind.'

Tong Chong-sze, associate dean of science at Baptist University, said he would not consider HKU's move as competition for March's enrolment. 'Entrance requirements vary at different universities,' he said.

March, who left for Britain two years ago after completing Primary One in a local school, attended a one-to-one tutorial college in Oxford.