HONG KONG, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Five secondary school students representing China's Hong Kong have won five silver medals at the 50th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Tel Aviv, Israel, according to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government website on Tuesday.
Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, secretary for education of the HKSAR government, congratulated the Hong Kong contenders on their performance, saying that results showed their potential in physics.
"The education bureau will continue to support and nurture more students with talent and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to strengthen Hong Kong's competitiveness globally," Yeung said.
Hong Kong has provided strong policy and resources support to the development of gifted education, with 800-million-Hong Kong-dollar funds approved last year for the Gifted Education Fund.
"We will also introduce in the new school year the Life-wide Learning Grant. Schools can make use of the new resources to organize diversified experiential learning activities, including those related to STEM education, to enable students to fully develop their potential," Yeung said.
The IPhO aims at nurturing students who are talented in physics, as well as promoting physics education and enhancing contacts and cooperation among scientists all over the world.