Students win maths, physics medals

July 18, 2022

Two teams of Hong Kong students achieved remarkable results in the 63rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO 2022) and the 52nd International Physics Olympiad (IPhO 2022) by winning one gold, seven silver and two bronze medals as well as one honourable mention.


Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Hong Kong teams participated in the two competitions and activities via online mode.


The IMO 2022, hosted by Norway, was held from July 6 to 16, with 589 students from 104 countries or regions taking part.


Chu Cheuk-hei from St Paul's Co-educational College bagged a gold medal, while Hsieh Chong-ho from Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School, Yau Ching-yan from Ying Wa College and Yiu Chun-hei from S.K.H. Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School took home silver.


In addition, Lai Wai-lok from St Paul's Co-educational College claimed a bronze medal while Cheng Nick-hang from Diocesan Boys' School earned an honourable mention.


Meanwhile, the IPhO 2022 was held in Switzerland from July 10 to 17. Among the 366 participating students from 76 countries or regions, the Hong Kong team won four silver medals and one bronze medal.


The silver medalists were Chan Tsz-chun from International Christian Quality Music Secondary & Primary School, Cheng Yat-long from Raimondi College, Cheung Man-yin from Queen's College and Lam Chung-wang from St Paul's Co-educational College, while the bronze medal went to Kwok Ching-yeung from Sheng Kung Hui Tang Shiu Kin Secondary School.


Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin congratulated the Hong Kong teams on their excellent results.


She said: “The outstanding performance of the Hong Kong teams has demonstrated their persistent work and the concerted efforts of their schools, teachers, parents and different stakeholders in supporting them in striving for excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”


The Education Bureau will continue to enhance the promotion of STEM education in primary and secondary schools by enriching the curriculum, enhancing teacher training and providing schools with resources support so as to nurture students' innovation, she added.


The Government has so far injected $1.6 billion into the Gifted Education Fund to provide sustained funding support for the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education for the development of gifted education.


From the 2019-20 school year onwards, the fund has supported 31 off-school advanced learning programmes offered by different post-secondary institutions and organisations which enable gifted students at the primary and secondary levels to fully develop their potential through challenging learning activities.

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