Taiwan Team Scores 3 Gold and 2 Silver in 2017 IPhO
The 48th International Physics Olympiad was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 16-24 of July, 2017. The Taiwan team, trained by professors of NTNU, grabbed 3 gold and 2 silver this year. A total of 395 students from 86 countries attended this year.
Taiwan has participated in the IPhO since 1994, and has performed very well each year. To date, Taiwan has won 67 gold, 24 silver, and 18 bronze medals and eight honor awards, which put Taiwan in the third place for the last five years. The Taiwan Team was ranked as top 1 in 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 with four gold medals
Wang Shao-Chun and Chen Yun-Chung from Taichung Municipal Taichung First Senior High School and Pai Chi-Kang from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School won the gold medals whereas Hsieh Feng-Yang from National Wu-Ling Senior High School and Chen Hsuan-Jui received the silver ones. The next IPho will be held in Portugal and Taiwan will continue to keep up with the excellence performance.
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 IPhO 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.