Team Hong Kong made an outstanding debut at the 2nd International Olympiad of Metropolises (IOM), a multidisciplinary competition for students, in Moscow.
The local contingent of eight students, including one from the city’s ethnic minorities, won two gold medals and six silver medals at the event.
A total of 277 students from 36 cities in 26 countries participated in the event held from Sept. 4 to 9. Aged 14 to 18, the students competed in four disciplines: mathematics, informatics, chemistry and physics. Hong Kong participated in the IOM for the first time.
Members of the Hong Kong team were selected from the best-performing contestants in this year’s International Mathematical Olympiad, International Olympiad in Informatics, International Junior Science Olympiad and International Physics Olympiad.
The IOM team won the top award under the Team Competition category, together with the teams from the host city team and Shanghai.
Li Shing-yan, from STFA Leung Kau Kui College in Tuen Mun, and Rahul Arya, from King George V School in Kowloon, each won a gold medal in the physics competition. Having garnered the highest score, Li was also the first place winner in the physics competition.
In the chemistry competition, Wong Chi-fung and Chan Chak-fu, both from La Salle College in Mong Kok, each won a silver medal.
In the mathematics competition, Arvin Leung, of Diocesan Boys’ School in Mong Kok, and Samuel Lee, of CNEC Christian College in Kwai Chung, each won a silver medal.
Wong Tsz-chun and Wong Yik-chun, both from Pui Ching Middle School in Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, each grabbed a silver medal in the informatics competition. The Hong Kong team was also third place winner in the Blitz contest.
Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung congratulated the Hong Kong team on their outstanding achievements in the competition.
He said the government will give more support for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related activities to help unleash students’ potential.
“The talents so nurtured will help enhance the quality of our manpower and the competitiveness of Hong Kong,” he said.
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