A few hundred parents lent their ears to a university head, a prominent businessman and a government official at a forum at La Salle College on how to prepare their children for a globalised world. At the symposium, organised by the Parent-Teacher Association at La Salle, University of Hong Kong vice-chancellor Tsui Lap-chee said educators and parents should help students develop attributes to survive and excel in a globalised world. Singling out versatility as the most important trait, Professor Tsui said students should look beyond the classroom and that summer holiday was a time to do something different. 'Learn about a different culture. Take up a foreign language. Don't go to places that everybody goes. That will enrich your life,' he said. The vice-chancellor said students should be aware of their roles as global citizens, to be culturally-aware, undertake responsibilities for choices affecting other cultures and make a difference to the world. Sharing his experiences with last weekend's forum - ranging from tearing down squatter huts in the 1970s and building the image of the Independent Commission Against Corruption to taking charge of the MTR - Jack So Chak-kwong, a La Salle old boy, said he rode through these challenges undaunted with qualities acquired at the school. A free environment and encouragement for students to do whatever they were best at had instilled in him courage and confidence to cope with uncertainties, Mr So said. Catherine Chan Ka-ki, a principal assistant secretary at the Education and Manpower Bureau, advised parents not to spoil their children. Successful parents were able to develop a sense of independence and perseverance in their children. Reverend Brother Patrick, director of La Salle Brothers of Hong Kong, reminded the audience of the importance of maintaining moral values in an ever-changing world. 'All men are brothers and sisters,' he said. Thomas Wong Wa-sun, chairman of the school's parent-teacher association, said the symposium was organised to alert parents to challenges presented by globalisation. Mr Wong introduces the concept of globalisation to his sons through daily life, such as by making international magazines available at home and reading books written by authors from different cultures. 'It's important to teach through action,' he said. Edilene Cu, whose son is in Primary One at La Salle, said children today were more vulnerable to adversities - a concern in a globalising world. 'Parents face a lot of pressure.'