Students from jiaotong universities in the mainland and Taiwan shared their views on information technology (IT) development with SAR students at a forum. The forum, at Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), was one of the activities during a visit under the theme Information E-communication and the Road Ahead. The 10-day visit was part of a student visitor programme between Chung Chi College and the jiaotong universities. Professor Wong Wing-shing of the Department of Information Engineering at CUHK said universities boosted IT development by providing human resources, doing research and development, and obtaining technological advice and support. He said universities offered various undergraduate, postgraduate and part-time master's programmes and professional training to provide skilled labour for the IT field. 'The Government has done a lot to enhance tertiary education by funding universities to devel op new courses,' Professor Wong said. According to CUHK's career survey for last year, most IT graduates have taken up jobs in finance, banking and insurance, followed by education. CUHK has introduced the Entrepreneur Fellowship Programme, which encourages students to develop entrepreneurial spirit and contribute to industry. Universities had also come up with an initiative called Areas of Excellence to boost research and development, Professor Wong said. Collaborative projects such as Hong Kong Cyber Campus and the Digital Library, a joint project between CUHK, South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, the Academia Sinica in Taiwan and Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, could also help turn the SAR into an IT hub, Professor Wong added. 'IT development does not only mean investment of capital in the field. It is more important for the Government to set its own direction and then stipulate it,' he said. Forty-eight students from North Jiaotong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Southwest Jiaotong University and Xian Jiaotong University in the mainland and Hsinchu Chiao Tung University in Taiwan joined the visit.