THE Li Po Chun United World College opened its doors to the public recently with more than 200 teachers, students, parents and friends gathering on campus. The event was organised by the Hong Kong Ex-Students' Association to give the general public an opportunity to learn more about the college and its 'mission'. 'We hope more students will get acquainted with the college and apply for the academic programme,' said Francine Kwong Wing-ting, association chairman at the Li Po Chun College. It is one of 10 United World Colleges located in different countries around the world. College principal Blair Forster told those attending the open day that the college network's philosophy was based on the premise of using education as a force to unite people and nations. 'The United World Colleges are a network of schools which believe that friendships between various individuals will lead to harmony among nations,' Mr Forster said. Potential students were given details on the curriculum and application procedures as well as scholarships and other financial aid. More than 240 students are enrolled at Li Po Chun United World College, with some 10 pupils chosen each year to attend colleges in the United Kingdom, Singapore, the United States, Canada, Italy and Norway. The Hong Kong college provides a full residential, pre-university education over two years which leads to the International Baccalaureate, the entry qualification accepted by some universities in the territory.