Johns Hopkins Gazette | December 8, 2008
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 8, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 14
JHU Launches Gifted Program With University in Hong Kong

New Center for Talented Youth venture will start in summer 2009

By Chuck Beckman
Center for Talented Youth

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and the Hong Kong University of 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 pursue.

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 beyond them.

"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


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