Hong Kong’s brightest should explore mainland science and technology opportunities to reach their full potential
- We must not allow tunnel vision and outdated notions of success to funnel top students into only pursuing careers in medicine
- Our brightest young minds should look to follow their passion while seeking opportunities in the Greater Bay Area
This issue is worthy of further consideration, and it might even shed light on how Hong Kong can best prepare its youngsters to expand their horizons beyond the city, given the vast potential of the mainland.
For a start, let’s try to understand why Hong Kong’s top students pick local medical schools over other academic disciplines. The answers of this year’s crop are illuminating: some say they want to be a doctor to save lives; others hope to contribute to solving the manpower problems of our healthcare system.
Hopefully these high-achieving students have weighed the pros and cons and made informed decisions rather than being pressured into pursuing a medical career. Hong Kong parents often tell me this is a pathway to guaranteed success, monetary or otherwise. If these are the views of the majority, our youth could be limited by their parents’ tunnel vision.
Hong Kong is not short of courses on artificial intelligence, robotics, or technology and life science subjects, never mind the less-common subjects such as astronomy and astrophysics for bright DSE candidates to unlock their full potential.
Three of the city’s universities offer undergraduate degree courses in AI. Others run a range of undergraduate degree programmes in cutting-edge science and technology.
It is wonderful to be able to combine one’s passion with a career because then the rewards are much more than the salary earned. Money was certainly not on Steve Wozniak’s mind when he co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs. Yet, his hobby led to the birth of the world’s largest company in terms of market capitalisation.
The point for our young people is: don’t limit your vision and be open to exploring your passion without losing sight of the future. For Hong Kong, the future is unmistakably intertwined with the mainland’s.
Ken Chu is group chairman and CEO of Mission Hills Group and a national committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference