Taiwan students top winner in International Chemistry Olympiad
IChO brought together 250 students to face the ultimate test of their chemistry knowledge
Central News Agency
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2009-07-28 12:29 AM
All four Taiwanese students who took part in the just-concluded International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) 2009 captured gold medals, representing Taiwan's best performance in the competition since it began competing in 1992, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said yesterday.

The four high school students as a team also took the title for the group competition, making it the top winner in the 2009 IChO, which took place at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom July 19-26, the ministry said.

The IChO 2009 brought together 250 promising young students from 67 countries and areas to face the ultimate test of their chemistry knowledge. The event consists of chemistry tests and experiments, as well as theoretical and practical questions in all areas of chemistry.

The four students - Chen Yang-ting from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, Yeh Chih-cheng from National Taiwan Normal University's Affiliated High School, Yeh Hsu-hang from National Taichung First Senior High School and Yang Hung-yi from National Tainan First Senior High School - were conferred with their gold medals at a closing ceremony held at Cambridge a day earlier, the ministry said.

Headed by National Taiwan Normal University Professor Fang Tai-shan and an MOE official, the Taiwanese delegation arrived in Cambridge July 18 for the competition and is scheduled to return to Taiwan Friday after touring several British cultural and educational institutions, the ministry said.

The IChO is an annual chemistry competition for high school students. The first IChO was held in the then-Czechoslovakian capital of Prague in 1968. The event has been held every year since then, with the exception of 1971.

The next IChO is slated to be held next year in Japan.

According to MOE regulations, students who have won gold, silver or bronze medals in international science Olympiads can enter colleges or universities without having to undergo admissions testing, as well as being eligible for scholarships.

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