Matthew Murchie, 15, St Joseph's College Early admissions to university have generated much controversy in Hong Kong. Many people question whether this is a wise move. They argue that students who go to university too early would not be able to follow a gruelling schedule. They could also face social problems because they are younger than their peers, critics say. I don't think we should worry too much about such things. Students who are admitted to university at an early age are academically gifted. There's a huge demand for university places in Hong Kong. I am sure universities would not accept these students unless they deserve to be there. It is, therefore, unlikely that they would have trouble keeping up with the syllabus. There is also concern about whether they are mature enough to integrate with other university students. Although the age gap could pose an obstacle, I believe staying at school when their academic capabilities are far superior to their schoolmates would pose an even greater social barrier. It would be an advantage for these students to be in an environment where they are on equal terms with their peers. Students who are 'fast-tracked' to university would have progressed far beyond the curriculum of their own school. Having to stay at school would not only hinder their academic performance, but also limit their social life. I have no doubt that having an early university education would help them become successful, responsible people. Ronald Ling Pak-ki, 20, University of Hong Kong More and more students enter university at an early age these days. Their academic achievements are the main reason behind their early admission to university. Universities say it is vital to provide a better environment to help these talented students reach their full potential. However, the youngsters may not progress in terms of their personal growth. Many tertiary institutes that recruit gifted students are promoting themselves. They may force the youngsters to adjust to the university's curriculum rather than provide tailored teaching materials. This is not going to help the students develop their talents. Moreover, education is not only about knowledge and academic achievements. It should also emphasise all- round skills like interpersonal relationships, leadership and time management. But, youngsters who gain a university place at an early age cannot learn these important life skills. This could hinder their development and they may find it difficult to get along with their schoolmates. They would not be able to hone their leadership skills because they are unlikely to be group leaders at university. I don't see any special benefits of being admitted to university at an early age. I think it would only have a very negative impact on the youngsters. Parents, teachers and universities should think twice before allowing students to have an early taste of university life.