Secondary school students taste CityU’s spirit of innovation and discovery
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Around 210 students from 20 high-calibre secondary schools participated in the “Discovery & Innovation Debating Challenge” programme at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) on 12 November.
The one-day event was organised by CityU and Young Post, South China Morning Post for the fourth year running.
To get a taste of the innovative learning environment at CityU, participants were divided into teams for a tour of CityU’s facilities and laboratories, including the Gateway Education (GE) Laboratory, the DEC Laboratory, the Nuclear Reactor Simulation Laboratory, the Omnimedia Digital Newsroom, the Future Cinema Studio, and the moot court, among others.
During the event, faculty members introduced students to the undergraduate programmes, the characteristics of CityU’s Colleges and Schools, and information about career development.
In addition, students attended a talk on the application of innovative ideas to the workplace conducted by the general manager of an online travel company and a debating skills workshop hosted by an experienced debating coach.
The 20 schools then divided into ten groups and debated different motions relevant to their visit and talks. The adjudicators said they were impressed by the preparation and skillful performance of the debaters.
Isaac Tai Ka-wang, a Form 4 student at HKMA David Li Kwok Po College, said that it was the first time he acted as a debater in a debating competition. He experienced the importance of courage and commitment by joining the programme. He was also impressed by CityU’s well-equipped facilities. “It was definitely a rewarding day for me,” he said.