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26/07/2010 Five HKUST-trained students achieve brilliant results at
International Physics Olympiad 2010

The Hong Kong Team returns from the International Physics Olympiad: (from left) Prof Du Sheng-wang, Mr Laurence Leung Yik-lok, Mr Tsang Hok-kan, Mr Jonathan Ma Han-son, Mr Andy Loo, Mr Tang Wai-ho, and Prof Chen Tian-wen
The Hong Kong Team returns from the International Physics Olympiad: (from left) Prof Du Sheng-wang, Mr Laurence Leung Yik-lok, Mr Tsang Hok-kan, Mr Jonathan Ma Han-son, Mr Andy Loo, Mr Tang Wai-ho, and Prof Chen Tian-wen
Five Hong Kong secondary students trained by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) achieved brilliant results at the 41st International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Croatia, amassing one gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Among the students is a secondary four student, the youngest contestant ever representing Hong Kong in the IPhO.

The Hong Kong Team, led by HKUST Physics faculty Prof Chen Tian-wen and Prof Du Sheng-wang, returned to Hong Kong today with great honor. The five team members were selected from among the best achievers in the Hong Kong Physics Olympiad 2009, to receive a series of enhancement training courses offered by the HKUST.

Members of the Hong Kong Team and their medals are as follows:

Name Level School Medal
Jonathan Ma Han-son S6 Sing Yin Secondary School Gold
Andy Loo S4 St. Paul's Co-educational College Silver
Tsang Hok-kan S6 Shun Tak Fraternal Association Leung Kau Kui College Bronze
Laurence Leung Yik-lok S6 King's College Bronze
Tang Wai-ho S6 Baptist Wing Lung Secondary School Bronze

This is the seventh year since 2004 that HKUST was appointed by The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) to provide training for Hong Kong students selected for the IPhO.

"The performance of the Hong Kong team this year is very encouraging. It is rare that a secondary four student is selected to represent Hong Kong in this important event and we are delighted that he even received a medal. HKUST will continue to nurture brilliant students with great potential," said Prof Chen Tian-wen of HKUST, leader of the Hong Kong team this year.

The IPhO this year was held from 17 to 25 July in Croatia, with about 400 contestants from 82 countries/regions participating. The brilliant achievement this year represents the fruitful co-operation among the Education Bureau, the HKAGE and the HKUST.

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