The School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is joining efforts with leading southeast Asian institutions to produce top law professionals. Last week, SPEED, Kemayan Advance Tertiary College of Malaysia and Intech Training Centre of Singapore signed a five-year agreement to provide a preparatory programme for Bachelor of Laws (LLB), an external degree offered by the University of London. Hong Kong students taking the preparatory programme - managed by SPEED - will be taught by lecturers from Kemayan and Intech. SPEED said Kemayan students had an average passing rate of more than 90 per cent in LLB examinations, which reflected the institution's high standards. Intech, on the other hand, is the only specialist law school in Singapore. 'The programme is tailor-made for students to prepare for the examinations and obtain qualifications of the University of London's LLB programme,' said SPEED director Dennis Chan. 'The number of students enrolled in the programme has grown from 130 in 2003 to 350 last year. 'With the help of Kemayan and Intech, we have confidence in training top-notch law professionals.' Each course in the part-time preparatory programme consists of at least 60 hours of lectures and 20 hours of revision workshops conducted on PolyU's Hunghom campus. The programme is now open for applications. For details, visit www.speed.polyu.edu.hk Meanwhile, PolyU will be hosting a series of fun, one-day activities for secondary school students next month. Entitled 'A First Taste of University Life', day camps will be held on July 21, 27 and 28 on the themes of '3D video-game programming', 'How to develop electronic toys', 'E-trading war game' and 'Creativity workshop'. The camps are for Form Six students. 'The programme received positive feedback when it was launched last year,' said PolyU's assistant academic secretary, Agnes Kwan. 'Sixth formers will be able to gain a better understanding of the academic programmes offered by PolyU in an interesting and interactive way. They will also get a taste of university life by participating in a range of activities.' The camps are free of charge. For registration, visit www.polyu.edu.hk/schoolcorner-activities . The deadline is June 30.