Several top scorers from Hong Kong in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program have decided to pursue their further studies locally, with a focus on medicine. A total of 32 students in Hong Kong achieved a perfect score in the IB exams this year, showcasing their academic excellence.

At the Diocesan Boys’ School (DBS), two of the top scorers expressed their intention to study medicine in Hong Kong. Geoffrey Wong Ching-hei, who scored a full 45 points, plans to attend the University of Hong Kong (HKU) for his medical studies. He highlighted the opportunities provided by local medical schools and expressed a desire to use his medical knowledge to benefit the people of Hong Kong.

Another DBS student, Raymond Chan Kwok-wai, who achieved 44 points, aims to specialize in orthopaedics. His personal experience with a difficult-to-treat infection inspired him to become a doctor and provide comfort and care to patients facing similar challenges.

Similarly, Christian Lu Cai and Martha Hung Wing-hay, the top scorers at the Singapore International School, also aspire to study medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Christian’s motivation stems from his volunteer work and a desire to make a meaningful impact on society, while Martha comes from a family with a medical background and wishes to continue in their footsteps.

However, not all high achievers are opting to study locally. Bernard Shiu Yu-hin from DBS expressed his interest in studying abroad at Cambridge University to gain exposure to international educators and benefit from the close interactions between professors and students at the prestigious institution.

The trend of Hong Kong’s Form Six graduates studying abroad has declined by 25% year on year according to a government report. This decrease could be attributed to students choosing local postsecondary institutions earlier in their educational journey and the diverse academic offerings available locally.

These exceptional students exemplify the dedication and talent present in Hong Kong’s educational system, regardless of whether they choose to pursue their studies locally or abroad. Their aspirations to contribute to society through the field of medicine reflect a commitment to serving their communities and making a positive impact on the world around them.