Four Zhejiang University postgraduate students who did their summer internships in Hong Kong, see a bright future for computing in the two places. Jack Wei Jian, 27, is in his second year of studying for his doctorate on Information and Electrical Engineering. During his short stay in Hong Kong, he noticed the fast pace and tense working conditions here. 'Hong Kong is undeniably materialistic. It is a fascinating world. But its people work under extraordinary pressure,' he said. Draco Sheng Chao, 24, who is doing his masters in biological medicine engineering, was amazed at Hong Kong students' innovative and creative ideas. . 'They are capable of fully utilising the latest technology to upgrade their quality of living. We sometimes put too much emphasis on theoretical studies' he said. Anne Cai Min, 27, will soon finish studying for her doctorate in mechanical engineering. She thinks the low salary levels at universities were pushing graduates to work in the private sector rather than do academic research. Stone Shi Lei, 25, is studying for his masters in computer science. He said the number of postgraduate students in the mainland is soaring, resulting in acute competition in the field of information technology (IT). 'The top computer specialists earn over 100,000 yuan [HK$91,450] a year, which is considered a satisfactory wage in the mainland. Though there might be better financial prospects abroad, especially in the United States, Chinese IT experts and scholars prefer to stay in China and work for their own country,' he said. He compared the phenomenon to a farmer who prefers to grow fruit trees in vacant land rather than in a field with plenty of fruit trees already because 'the achievement is different'. He would not consider working permanently in Hong Kong. The four postgraduate students praised Hong Kong's management skills and brilliant town planning. They were quite taken with the Hong Kong people's eagerness to learn Putonghua. 'It's hard for us to imagine how you, Hong Kong people, can manage such huge building projects, and a top class transportation and road system and at the same time keep the city so clean,' he said. And Ms Cai was surprised to find that most Hong Kong people were willing to learn Putonghua and thought the language was as essential as English. When compared with the development of IT in the mainland, they stressed that Hong Kong should find a clear direction for their policies, maintain effective management and boost investment in the field. Mr Shi said: 'Definitely it would be a good thing if the mainland can act as a base for Hong Kong to focus on management, marketing and related work.' Mr Shi said that he liked the environment here. He hoped their provincial government would follow Hong Kong as an example.