Hong Kong achieved impressive results in its first showing at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), with its team bagging four medals in the global competition that tests biology-related skills and knowledge among secondary school pupils.
The Hong Kong team, which comprised four students, won one gold medal, two silver medals and one bronze medal in the competition that was held from July 14 to 20 in Szeged, Hungary.
Li Yung-chi from Diocesan Boys’ School won a gold medal in the competition. The two silver medalists were Chow King-ngai from La Salle College and Wong Chi-ngai from St Paul’s Co-educational College.
Meanwhile, Bruce Chum from Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School received a bronze medal.
Education Secretary Kevin Yeung congratulated the Hong Kong team on Monday for their remarkable debut performance.
The 30th International Biology Olympiad this year saw around 285 contestants from 73 countries participating in the event.
The IBO is the world’s biggest biology competition that is held yearly for secondary school students, who are winners of their respective National Biology Olympiad.
The IBO emphasizes both theory and practice. There are both multiple-choice theory tests about science knowledge as well as practical experiment tests; each part accounts for 50 percent of the total score.
Participants’ skills in tackling biological problems, and dealing with biological experiments are tested. Their interests in biology, inventiveness, creativity and perseverance are also necessary.
The IBO competition aims at challenging and stimulating the students to expand their talents and to promote their career as scientists.