Taiwan Scores 3 Gold and 1 Silver at 2016 IChO
The Taiwan team, trained by professors of NTNU, had a good showing at the 48th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Eastern Europe.
Taiwan received three gold and one silver. China ranked the first with 4 gold medals, Taiwan and Korea both came after it.
Taiwan has participated in the IPhO since 1992, and has performed very well each year. To date, Taiwan has won 45 gold, 43 silver, and 11 bronze medals, which put Taiwan in fifth place for the last ten years. Taiwan was ranked as top 1 in 1993, 1997, 2009, 2013 and 2015.
The three gold medals were awarded to Wang Kuan-wei of Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, Hung Jui-chien of Jingcheng High School, and Lu Chen-yu of Kaohsiung Municipal Senior High School, the only female contestant in the team. The silver went to Hsu Yen-hsin, also a student at the Taipei Jianguo High School.
To recognize students’ outstanding performance, the MOE formulated and issued special regulations. The Regulations for Preferred Status Admission to Institutions of Higher Education for Award Holders for the International Mathematics and Science Olympiads and International Science Fair stipulate that those who win gold, silver, or bronze medals in the IChO can be automatically admitted into related university departments, or recommended for admission to any department. Additionally, those who win a gold medal will receive a 200,000 NT dollar scholarship; those who win a silver medal will receive a 100,000 NT dollar scholarship; and those who win a bronze medal will receive a 50,000 NT dollar scholarship. A student who wins two or more different awards during the same academic year can only apply for the most valuable scholarship he or she qualifies for.
A total of 67 countries and 2 observers and 264 participants are in this game. Taiwan did excellently this time. The leader, Prof. Chang I Jy is honored to be the Chairman of the international committee of 2017. The next ICho will be held in Thailand and Taiwan will continue to keep up with the excellence performance.