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Hong Kong team achieves outstanding results in first participation in International Biology Olympiad


In the first time Hong Kong representatives have participated in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), the team, comprising four student members, achieved outstanding results, winning one gold medal, two silver medals and one bronze medal.   

Four students representing Hong Kong achieved outstanding results in the 30th International Biology Olympiad held in Szeged, Hungary, from July 14 to 20. They are (from left) Wong Chi-ngai, Li Yung-chi, Bruce Chum and Chow King-ngai.
Four students representing Hong Kong achieved outstanding results in the 30th International Biology Olympiad held in Szeged, Hungary, from July 14 to 20. They are (from left) Wong Chi-ngai, Li Yung-chi, Bruce Chum and Chow King-ngai.

The IBO is an international competition for secondary school students. The purpose of the IBO is to enable students to apply analytical skills and creativity through tackling challenging problems in biology and conducting experiments. This year, the IBO was held from July 14 to 20 in Szeged, Hungary, and there were around 285 contestants from 73 countries/regions participating in the event.
      
Li Yung-chi (Diocesan Boys' School) won a gold medal in the competition. The two silver medallists were Chow King-ngai (La Salle College) and Wong Chi-ngai (St Paul's Co-educational College). Bruce Chum (Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School) received a bronze medal.
      
Hong Kong Secretary for Education, Mr. Kevin Yeung, congratulated the Hong Kong team on their remarkable performance. "The Education Bureau (EDB) supports a number of outstanding students every year to represent Hong Kong to take part in various significant national and international competitions. It is with great joy that the Hong Kong team has achieved good results in its first participation in the IBO. The IBO emphasises both theory and practice. It is believed that Hong Kong students can further broaden their horizons and pursue excellence through participating in these challenging learning activities.
     
The members of the Hong Kong team achieved excellent results in the International Biology Olympiad – Hong Kong Contest, a territory-wide competition newly organised last year. They subsequently completed the biology enhancement programme provided by the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education. The outstanding students in the programme were then selected as contestants representing Hong Kong to participate in the IBO this year. The Hong Kong team was fully funded by the EDB to join this competition


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