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Team from Taiwan won three gold medals and one silver, taking first place in the International Earth Science Olympiad for the 7th consecutive year

The 7th International Earth Science Olympiad was recently held in Mysore, India, from September 11 to 19. This is an annual international competition for secondary school students that tests their abilities in disciplines such as geology, meteorology, environmental science, and terrestrial astronomy.The theme of this year’s competition was “The Earth is indeed one family”. The aim of this annual science event is to raise student interest in and public awareness of earth science, with the further goal of increasing the number of students learning earth sciences and identifying talented and gifted students in these fields.

This year, ninety competitors from 27 countries participated in the 7th International Earth Science Olympiad. The team of students from Taiwan won three gold medals and one silver, and won overall first place. This is the 7th consecutive year that Taiwan has been placed first in the competition, extraordinary evidence of Taiwan’s excellent education. The gold medal winners are Chang Chen- Yen from National Tainan First Senior High School, and Huang pin-Chun and Wu Chun-Ju, both from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School. Hsieh Pin-kuan, also from National Tainan First Senior High School, won a silver medal.

At the award ceremony, Mr. Yi Ta Chen, the administrative officer from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India conveyed congratulatory cables from President Ma Ying-Jeou, Education Minister Chiang Wei-Ling, and Ambassador Tien Chung-Kwan, and congratulated the young scientists for their remarkable achievement. Next year’s Olympiad will be held in the USA with the theme of Aquatic Literacy.

(photo)Ambassador Tien Chung-Kwang congratulating the Taiwanese students who won prizes at the International Earth Science Olympiad. From left: Hsieh Pin-kuan, Chang Chen-yen, Ambassador Tien, Huang Pin-chun, and Wu Chun-ju.