Taiwan is known as the "Kingdom of Dialysis for many years and the population of dialysis patient has surpassed 80,000 in 2015. The genetic disease Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease accounts for 5 to 10% among dialysis patients but there’s no cure for it. The project led by National Taiwan Normal University and National Applied Research Laboratories and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) might provide a critical first step to cures for polycystic kidney disease or similar conditions, researchers said.
The Taiwan team, trained by professors of NTNU, had a good showing at the 13th International Junior Science Olympiad. Six delegates from Taiwan won 5 gold and 1 silver medals and boosts the best performance of all countries. Lai Chun Mao from Tainan Jiansing Junior High School grabbed two individual prizes — best theoretician and best overall student — for his outstanding performance in the competition.
On the 5th of December, the ceremony of the third Art Education Contribution Prize was held. Chair Prof. Liao Shiou Ping, the father of printmaking, and Prof. Ann CS Kuo, received the honorary award. Prof. Lin Shu-Cheng from the Graduate Institute of Performing Arts received the excellent teacher award.
The Division of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students held an international University Exposition on 12th of December. As much as 94 colleges and universities are invited to set stalls at the Division of Preparatory Programs. This is a great opportunity for oversea students to know the universities in Taiwan and a place for them to be connected.
Taiwan delegation participated in the "2016 Hong Kong Inno Design Tech Expo", grabbing 41 gold, 21 silver and 15 special prize. The total score of Taiwan delegation has remain the highest for three consecutive years. The team from the graduate institute of Electro-optical Science and Technology developed a non-invasive and non-consumable detective technology of orchid disease. This can not only be used for orchid but any other plants. The invention won a gold medal and a special prize.