Tertiary students can shape up for future challenges by identifying their strengths and weaknesses in a special series of leadership training workshops. Twenty-eight first year university students have been selected from seven universities to take the courses, which include workshops on leadership skills, time management and environmental protection, Outward Bound training and an insurance service seminar. There is also a study tour to Guangzhou and Shanghai in July for a research project. The courses, taking place between now and August, aim to provide opportunities for young leaders to enhance their problem-solving, strategic thinking and team-building skills. Gary Ng Ka-wing, 20, a medical student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), who had a leg amputated for bone cancer five years ago, said he wanted to widen his exposure to life and tackle new challenges. 'I never gave up going to school even though I was so sick,' he said. 'I saw the disease as a big challenge and I am glad that I went through it. 'Now I want to learn more things in order to widen my horizons. And the programme can equip me with the knowledge that I can't learn at school, such as time management leadership skills.' Mandy Wong Hei-man, 20, studying accountancy at CUHK, said the programme allowed students from different universities to get to know each other. 'We come together not for competition, but for collaboration,' she said. 'The Qs workshop which taught us how to apply EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and AQ (Adversity Intelligence) in our daily life was very useful and practical.' Charles Chiu Yiu-pan, 20, a student of Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong, was looking for ward to the Outward Bound challenge. 'Hong Kong young people are pampered. I think Outward Bound would be a real challenge for us because it is expected to be very tough and difficult,' he said. Curtis Chan Ying-him, 19, a European Studies (German) student at Hong Kong Baptist University, said: 'I joined the programme because I wanted to learn how to see things from different perspectives and to dig out my potential.' The programme is organised by the American International Assurance Foundation.