A group of local students says Hong Kong can learn a lot from Taiwan's education system. A 30-member delegation from the Hong Kong Institute of Education took part in a six-day study tour of the island, organised by the institute's Student Affairs Office. The visit aimed to broaden their knowledge of cultural and academic issues across the Strait of Taiwan. The participants, who became close friends during the trip, visited leading education centres such as the Taipei City Government Bureau of Education, youth organisations and government offices. Lau Mei, a first-year science and mathematics student, said Hong Kong could learn from many aspects of Taiwan's education policy. She was impressed by the interactive teaching methods adopted by some privately run primary schools. 'Compared with our spoon- feeding system, they explore students' potential and spark their learning initiative. That's what we should follow,' the 20- year-old said. Leung Hong-yee was impressed by the modern facilities and scale of activities at the China Youths Corps camp. The second-year arts student, 20, said the atmosphere there enhanced motivation. The local delegation also praised the Taiwanese people for their enthusiasm for volun tary services and for the high social status enjoyed by teachers. 'Taiwan has put emphasis on patriotic education which actively promotes voluntary activities among students,' Lau Chui-yan, a first-year music student, said. 'Teachers in Taiwan have the same respect that is accorded to parents or government officials.' 'Good teachers should take care of their students at any time or place and earn their respect. We fully understand the qualities of a good teacher after the trip,' Wong Pik-lin, 20, a first-year Chinese and computer studies student, said. Leung Hon-yee, 20, a second-year arts student, said the trip broadened her understanding of different Chinese communities. Rosina Fung Tsui Tai-min, senior student affairs officer at the institute, said previous tours to Taiwan, Singapore and the mainland had been a success and they wanted delegates to gain as much exposure as possible to the different lifestyles in those places.