Taiwanesiska studenter framgångsrika i fysik-olympiad
Government Information Office
May 4, 2010
Taiwan’s students shine during 11th Asian Physics Olympiad
The 11th Asian Physics Olympiad 2010 held in Taiwan came to a successful close on April 30. Among the 130 outstanding international students from 16 countries and regions taking part, those from Taiwan put on a sterling performance by winning 5 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals, along with 6 honorable mention awards. A total of 8 gold, 7 silver and 18 bronze medals, plus 33 honorable mention awards were handed out during the competition to a total of 66 students. Four special prizes were also given: the overall score grand prize, best theory score prize, best experiment score prize, and best female student prize, all of which were garnered by students from Taiwan.
The 16 countries and regions taking part in this year’s competition were Macau, India, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Israel, Mongolia and Taiwan.
Taiwan began sending its outstanding students to the Asian Physics Olympiads in 2000, giving high school students an opportunity to increase their knowledge and interest in physics and expand their international horizons. Over the past decade, Taiwan has averaged a No. 2 ranking among participating countries and regions. This year marks the second time that the competition has been hosted by Taiwan since 2001.
Besides taking part in theoretical and experimental competitions, students from the various countries also participated in cultural and educational activities arranged by the organizers, gaining a better understanding of Taiwan’s society and culture. Lee Yuan-tseh, emeritus president of Academia Sinica, was invited to speak to the participants while Professor Kwo Ray-Nien, director of National Taiwan University’s Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, spoke on the topic “Nano Research and Education in Taiwan.” This offered the outstanding youth from around Asia a rare opportunity to engage in debate exchanges, adding a colorful dimension to this year’s event.
At the closing ceremony of the event, Premier Wu Den-yih said that while the competition’s examinations allowed students to display and discuss their scientific learning achievements with each other, the various tours and trips that furthered international understanding and fostered mutual friendship were the most significant aspect of holding such an international science competition. The premier urged the young participants to broaden their horizons, persevere to achieve their ambitions and recognize science as a universal culture worldwide. Scientific research should transcend national and ethnic boundaries for the well-being of all mankind.
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