Hundreds of Hong Kong secondary school students got a glimpse of university life in a summer camp held at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) recently. The three-day live-in programme, hosted by the School of Business and Management, attracted more than 200 Form Six students from 37 secondary schools. Tours of campus facilities, informal meetings with faculty staff and graduates, and fun activities made up the agenda. Rovena Kwan, associate director of undergraduate programmes, said the camp was designed to give secondary students a better understanding of courses they might pursue at university level. 'We hope to put the students in the programme, get them exploring the campus facilities and have them talking with the faculty,' she said. Some faculty members and students took part in the programme and explained various subjects to the participants. 'Students also demonstrated their presentation skills in a case-study competition on the last day of the programme,' Ms Kwan said. One of the participants, Chan Hing-yun of Kwun Tong Maryknoll College, said the camp gave him an opportunity to learn more about business and management and helped him gain hands-on experience in the field. 'The presentation competition helped me to develop a broader understanding of business and gave me a stronger interest in the discipline,' he told Young Post. The sixth former wishes to become an accountant in the future. 'I hope to study a business programme in a local university and contribute my expertise to Hong Kong and China,' said the 18-year-old. Another student, Poon Kei-yan of Yu Chun Keung Memorial College No 2, said the camp was a rewarding experience. 'The camp was very helpful for my tertiary studies as I have gained a better understanding about undergraduate programmes in business here,' said the 17-year-old. She said she was impressed by the campus facilities and the student-centred learning environment. 'I will put HKUST business programme as my first choice in university studies,' the sixth former said. University officials say the global perspective of the School of Business and Management in HKUST sets it apart from competing programmes. They point to the university's Asia-Pacific focus as enhancing the programme's significance in the growing region.