Hong Kong students shine at Asian Physics Olympiad 2024

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11th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) A team of eight students from Hong Kong showcased their exceptional abilities at the 24th Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO 2024), held in Malaysia from 3rd to 10th June. The competition, aimed at fostering physics education and inspiring gifted students, attracted over 200 participants from 27 countries and cities worldwide.

Hong Kong’s delegation emerged triumphant, earning accolades that included one gold medal, three silver medals, two bronze medals, and two honourable mentions. Liu Lincoln of Sha Tin College stood atop the podium with a well-deserved gold medal. Leung Chi-fung from Evangel College, Edison Fu and Yan King-yiu from Queen’s College secured silver medals, while Matthew Mui of The Hong Kong Sze Yap Commercial and Industrial Association Wong Tai Shan Memorial College and Michael Tang of St. Joseph’s College each claimed a bronze medal. Marcus Poon from Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School and Chan Hoi-chi from Hong Kong Chinese Women’s Club College received honourable mentions for their exceptional performances.

Dr Choi Yuk-lin, the Secretary for Education, expressed her heartfelt congratulations to the Hong Kong team, commending their remarkable achievements in the APhO 2024. She emphasised the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders in promoting STEAM education and affirmed the Education Bureau’s commitment to further enhancing STEAM education in primary and secondary schools. Dr Choi highlighted the importance of identifying and nurturing STEAM talent through school-based talent pools and extended her appreciation to the team for their dedication and success.

The Education Bureau has prioritised the cultivation of gifted students and aims to strengthen collaboration with the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) to provide diverse and high-quality off-school gifted education services, particularly in STEAM-related disciplines. The bureau will continue to support students with potential in STEAM by facilitating systematic training and participation in competitive events, nurturing future innovators and technology leaders for Hong Kong. The Hong Kong team’s participation in the APhO was fully funded by the Education Bureau, underscoring its commitment to promoting excellence in physics education.