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Friday, December 28, 2018, 00:33
Exchange tour 'inspiring' for non-Chinese-speaking HK teens
By Kathy Zhang
Friday, December 28, 2018, 00:33 By Kathy Zhang

About 60 non-Chinese-speaking Hong Kong teenagers on Thursday wrapped up their four-day exchange tour to universities in Guangzhou, Guangdong province - calling it “educational” and “inspiring”. 

The tour was the first program for the city’s non-Chinese-speaking students to the mainland to be led by Hong Kong's Youth Development Commission, a high-level steering committee aiming to strengthen youth policy coordination within the government.

Students were brought to visit campuses at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Southern Medical University and South China University of Technology. They talked with the universities’ foreign students, and conducted experiments in the universities’ laboratories. 

Abdul Hassan Shahul Hameed Nuaim, 21, studies medicine in SMU. Born in India, Abdul moved to Hong Kong at the age of 3. He said it was easier for Hong Kong’s non-Chinese-speaking students to study in universities in Guangdong than people from foreign countries. 

The medicine major said this was due to the geographical adjacency. This meant fewer language barriers and less likelihood of feeling homesick. 

Abdul said he was confident about his future after graduation. He believes the high-quality education he receives in SMU will help him pursue a career as a doctor in Hong Kong. 

Program participant Gurung Shriya, 17, from Caritas Tuen Mun Marden Foundation Secondary School, also dreams of becoming a doctor. She is from Nepal and has just settled in Hong Kong for two years.

“During the visit, I have gained clearer ideas about SMU’s campus environment, admission requirements, scholarships, and whether foreign students can adapt to school life here,” Gurung said.

Gurung is a Form 5 student in Hong Kong and will sit college entrance exam in late 2019. “The SMU is an option for me. I may try to apply,” she said.

The students also visited robot lab in the SCUT.

Satish Pun, 15, a Form 4 student from Bethel High School, was impressed with the robots. He operated a robot that weighs 40 kilograms – the heaviest he has ever used before. 

Gomes Joyce, a 16-year-old Indian student from Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo), said it was her first visit to Guangzhou. 

Before the trip Gomes never thought about studying on the mainland. She has changed her mind, considering it an option for her higher education now she has learned more about the mainland’s higher education system, including how students study and live.

Gomes said she was looking forward to another trip to Guangzhou or other cities on the mainland and exploring its diverse cultures.

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