Taipei, July 30 (CNA) Taiwan took two gold and two silver medals at the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) that ended Thursday in Paris, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE).
Kuo Lun-hsin (郭倫昕) of Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School and Wang Yu- hsiang (王昱翔) of Taichung Municipal Taichung First Senior High School won the two golds, the ministry said in a statement.
The silver medals went to another student from the Taipei high school Wu Tsung-hung (吳宗鴻) and to Shen Chih-en (沈智恩) from National Yilan Senior High School, the ministry said.
Overall, Taiwan's four-member team finished fifth among the 80 competing countries, after Russia, South Korea, the United States and China. Kuo, who was ranked 28th in the individual category, was the top performer on his team.
The four students performed as well as could be expected at the 10-day Olympiad, the education ministry said, adding that laboratory skills have always been a weakness among Taiwanese students at such competitions.
Leader of the Taiwanese delegation Yao Ching-fa (姚清發), a chemistry professor at National Taiwan Normal University, said that schools need to ensure that students gain more practical experience in science classes.
The gold and silver medalists will receive cash awards of NT$200,000 and NT$100,000, respectively, as well as recommendations for admission to a Taiwanese university to study chemistry, according to the education ministry.