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Saturday, August 27, 2016, 16:51

New media passion among HK undergraduates

By Dara Wang

New media passion among HK undergraduates
Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying attends an award presentation ceremony in Tsim Sha Tsui on Aug 27, 2016. (Provided to China Daily)

HONG KONG - Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying encouraged university students to pursue internet and technology fields with greater passion, while reiterating the SAR government’s strong support for innovation and technology.

He made the remarks on Saturday at an award presentation ceremony held in Tsim Sha Tsui, for participants in a new media internship camp to the Chinese mainland.

Leung acknowledged that Hong Kong has fallen behind the mainland in internet technology development, especially in the area of e-payment. He encouraged young people to explore opportunities and network with mainland talents to bring new ideas for innovation to Hong Kong.

Leung said the opening of the new Innovation and Technology Bureau last November is the material reflection of the government’s determination to develop Hong Kong into a knowledge-based economy.

Regarding internet finance, he said he hopes to make suggestions on monetary regulation in his 2017 Policy Address. He said he wants to create more room for online financing development.

Jointly organized by the Hong Kong United Foundation (HKUF) and the China Internet Develop Foundation, the internship camp for Hong Kong university students opened for one month, this summer.

Some 400 undergraduates were selected to intern in 40 leading new media enterprises in Beijing and Shanghai.

The camp aims to promote communications among young people and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and the mainland and to seek new cooperation opportunities in new media, said Raymond Tang Yee-bong, chairman of HKUF.

Ten students received each a cash award of HK$5,000 from the organizers; while Wong Hoi-ki from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology received a gold prize with HK$8,000, for their excellent performances as trainees during the internship.

Prizes were also granted to 10 groups for outstanding team work, with cash awards ranging from HK$2,000 to HK$12,000.

Michael Lau Shing-lok, a junior student majoring in Global China Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, worked on an online finance project in Baidu during the internship.

"The staff is very open to new ideas and always encouraged me to go for a breakthrough," Lau said. “This internship offers me opportunities to build my network. It also has a great influence on my career choice,” added Lau, who is planning to go work in online finance in the future.

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