Wed, Feb 16, 2005 - Page 2 News List

Lu praises winners of junior science olympiad

By Huang Tai-lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

While praising Taiwanese students for their achievements at the first International Junior Science Olympiad last year, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday encouraged them not to neglect development in the human sciences.

"Despite being interested in the scientific realm, one should not ignore progress in the field of literature and the like. Equal importance should be attached to both fields to ensure balanced development," Lu said.

Lauding the outstanding performance of the Taiwanese team, which shared the first place with Indonesia in the number of medals won, the vice president said the result was proof of the government's success in science education.

Taiwan's delegation to the olympiad had performed well, with the six contestants winning five gold medals and one silver.

Participants from 30 countries took part.

The Taiwanese team was led by Shen Chin-kao (沈青嵩) and Hung Chih-ming (洪志明), professors at the Science Education Center of National Taiwan Normal University.

However, noting that there was only one girl among the six contestants on the Taiwanese team, Lu said she hoped that the Ministry of Education, on the basis of gender equality, could provide more opportunity for female students to take part in the natural science arena.

International science olympiads were formerly open only to senior-high school students. Indonesia last year proposed a competition for junior-high students and offered to host the first such event, which took place in Jakarta last November and December.

With Taiwan slated to play host to the fourth International Science Olympiad in 2007, Hung yesterday expressed the hope that the government would provide more attention and support in preparing for the event.

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