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December 8, 2008
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Johns Hopkins, Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology Launch Gifted Program

Summer program to serve Asian Pacific Rim,
starting in summer 2009.

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 new three-week residential and commuter summer program for academically talented middle and high school students who will have completed grades 7 through 9. The new program will run from July 12 to July 31, and 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 U.S. to students. Classes at the center will allow eligible gifted 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.

The following courses will be offered in the summer 2009:

  • Cryptology
  • Probability and Game Theory
  • Mathematical Logic
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science
  • Astronomy
  • Fast-Paced Upper School Biology
  • Fast-Paced Upper School Chemistry
  • Introduction to Biomedical Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Crafting the Essay
  • HKUST's facilities include excellent classrooms and labs, recreational facilities, and comfortable dormitory rooms. All classes have 20 or fewer students, and instructors expect students to participate actively in all aspects of class. Students write extensively, engage complex problems in their discipline, and put knowledge to use in independent and creative ways.

    Students may choose from acceleration-focused courses, such as Fast-Paced Upper School Biology, in which a goal is to complete a year's worth of school biology in three weeks. Or they may select an enrichment course like neuroscience or cryptology and study topics they would not normally encounter until college. Students are evaluated in one-page narratives written by their instructors, that each student's progress and achievements in the course and outlining areas for further growth.

    In addition to their course work, CTY students enjoy a rich experience outside the classroom. Some students will live on campus under the supervision of resident assistants. At HKUST, students will have access to a gymnasium, tennis courts, outdoor fields, and an outdoor pool. On weekends, students participate in a full schedule of sports, games, dances, movies, and a talent show.

    According to CTY executive director Lea Ybarra, 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 recognizes the valuable national treasure that these gifted young people represent for their country and their generation."

    Links to the Summer Programs:
    - talent.ust.hk (For Grades 10 to 12)
    - www.cty.jhu.edu/hongkong (For Grades 7 to 9)

    About the Hong Kong University for Science and Technology
    In less than two decades, HKUST has become one of the world's premier research universities in fields as diverse as science, business, engineering and the social sciences. In recent years, HKUST has achieved world-wide recognition in research and teaching, and has been identified among the top universities in global rankings. ( http://www.ust.hk/eng/about/ranking.htm). Its beautiful setting in a hillside and waterfront complex overlooking Port Shelter on the Clear Water Bay, with state-of-the-art facilities, attracts faculty, students and visitors from around the world. The university is also located within 30 minutes' drive of Hong Kong's central district. Hong Kong's comprehensive public transport network makes commuting both safe and convenient. Students will utilize the class room and recreational facilities on campus and residential

    About The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
    CTY conducts the nation's oldest and most extensive academic talent search and offers educational programming for students with exceptionally high academic ability. CTY parallels, and complements, a gifted child's regular school experience. CTY's programs and students have been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and other premier American publications. Other information:

  • CTY is a nonprofit center at The Johns Hopkins University.
  • CTY draws students from 50 states and Washington, D.C., as well as students from over 90 countries.
  • 2007-08 saw over 63,000 students participate in CTY's Talent Searches.
  • In the 2006-07 Talent Search, 15.6 percent of students in CTY's Talent Search were identified as underrepresented.