The Johns Hopkins
University Center for Talented Youth and the Hong Kong
Science and Technology will be working together to serve
gifted and talented students in Hong Kong,
the universities announced last week.
Their latest collaboration will launch in July 2009
with a three-week residential and commuter
summer program for academically talented students who will
have completed grades 7 through 9. The
program, which will run from July 12 to 31, will complement
the Talented Youth Summer Program
already established by HKUST for top-ranking students who
will have completed grades 10 to 12.
Based at the Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology, a world-class university located
on Clear Water Bay, the program will provide the benefits
of CTY's summer programs in the United
States. Classes will allow eligible students to work at a
challenging pace, explore topics in depth and
develop new skills while studying subjects that students
their age often do not get the opportunity to
Students in Hong Kong may choose from
acceleration-focused courses such as Fast-Paced Upper
School Biology, in which the goal is to complete a year's
worth of school biology in three weeks, or may
select an enrichment course like Cryptology or Neurology to
study topics they would not normally
encounter until college. Other courses to be offered the
first summer will be Probability and Game
Theory, Mathematical Logic, Mathematical Modeling,
Fundamentals of Computer Science, Astronomy,
Fast-Paced Upper School Chemistry, Introduction to
Biomedical Sciences and Crafting the Essay.
In addition to their course work, CTY students enjoy a
rich experience outside the classroom.
On weekends, they participate in a full schedule of sports,
games, dances, movies and a talent show. At
HKUST, students will have access to a gymnasium, tennis
courts, outdoor fields and an outdoor pool.
According to Lea Ybarra, CTY executive director, the
benefits of the summer study program
will accrue to participating students while extending far
"The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
shares with CTY the strong belief that
that all of the world's brightest children will be needed
for a secure and thriving future for all people.
We are pleased to be partnering with an organization that
recognizes the valuable national treasure
that these gifted young people represent for their country
and their generation."
For more on the Johns Hopkins CTY/Hong Kong University
of Science and Technology program
(for grades 7 to 9), go to:
For more on the HKUST Talented Youth Summer Program (for
grades 10 to 12), go to