Not enough people are admitted under current schemes Members of the top advisory body on Hong Kong's development have called for greater effort to attract talent from the mainland and overseas. They also want to see more help provided for the overseas educators who will come to the city to teach under education reforms. Lau Siu-kai, head of the Central Policy Unit, said after a meeting of the Commission on Strategic Development's executive committee that members acknowledged not enough people were being admitted under existing admission schemes. Professor Lau said they did not come up with any target on how the schemes should be expanded or what kind of talent was most needed. But he stressed that they hoped the individuals would not be restricted to business and finance. 'The vice-chancellors of the universities [who sit on the commission] expressed the view that under the 3-3-4 education reform, there may be a need to import more than a thousand professors to come here, but the problem is that there are insufficient facilities to cater for them,' he said. 'For example, there are problems relating to housing, medical and education [of their children].' The reforms will mean students do three years of junior secondary, three years of senior secondary and four years at university. Asked if the government was willing to tackle the problem of a lack of facilities, Professor Lau said: 'It is not that the government does not know [the problems] but the problem is that the importation of talents should be treated as a strategic development.' He said publicity should be stepped up to let people in various parts of the world know what Hong Kong could offer them. Since 2003, the government has introduced various admission schemes to lure overseas and mainland talent. Yet the effectiveness of projects such as the quality migrant admission scheme has been cast into doubt. Only 83 out of 587 applications made to the Immigration Department since this scheme was launched in June have been approved. Civic Party legislator Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, one of the committee members, said the views expressed at the meeting were diverse. Ms Eu said she mainly talked about air pollution because she believed it was one reason deterring people from coming to the city. She said that when this view was put to Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, the chief executive replied that it was just a communication problem and that Hong Kong's air quality was better than many other places. Ma Ngok, of Chinese University, said it was meaningless to just say that the city should attract more talent without identifying any area in particular. He doubted whether the government could do much to attract talented people, as 'the main issue is whether the whole environment in Hong Kong, including its air pollution situation, is attractive for them'.