Taiwanese high school students tops at International science competition
The Taiwan team, trained by professors of NTNU, had a good showing at the 50th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) 2018 in Prague, Czech. In 76 countries and 300 students, 4 Taiwanese students received 1 gold, 3 silver.
The 49th International Physics Olympiad was held in Lisbon, Portugal. The result of this year was announced on July 28. Among 396 students from 87 countries, Taiwanese students won 4 gold and 1 silver and was ranked third with Russia, South Korea and Singapore.
Four Taiwanese student went to Québec City, Canada to participate in the The International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) and won 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals as well as the third in poster presentation. President Tsai Ing-wen congratulated them once she received the good news. This year, 165 contestants from 43 countries attended the competition. This year, the proportion of field exercise and mapping is higher than previous years. This is challenging to Taiwanese students because of the lack of these two categories in courses. It’s impressive that the students still did a great job.
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 international competition 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. The team of Taiwan will continue to keep up with the excellence performance.