Introduction of the Asian Science Camp
In view of the current situation of education in Asia, particularly with respect to science education, which traditionally lacks flexibility in developing student’s individuality, creativity, and originality, comparing to the school education of the west, it is really a very urgent task to reshape the education system in our area. A realistic first step is to provide those very bright students an opportunity to satisfy their desire for learning and inspire them to pursue excellence in science research. These talented students will not only be the assets of their own country, but of all humankind.
The idea of Asian Science Camp was co-proposed in September 2005 after the Lindau Science Meeting by Professor Yuan-Tseh Lee from Taiwan, the 1986 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and Professor Masatoshi Koshiba from Japan, the 2002 Nobel Laureate in Physics. The proposal aims to enlighten those sciences – talented youths through discussion and dialogue with top scholars in the world and to promote the international friendship and cooperation among the best young students of the next generation in Asia. With “Lindau Science Meeting” as a model which has been held in Germany for more than half a century, the Asian Science Camp will invite a dozen of Nobel Laureates or world-distinguished scientists as speakers and devise an interesting program to attract all the participants, including plenary sessions, round table discussions, student-to-master dialogues, creativity poster competition, social party and excursion. The working language will be English. The proposal was soon discussed in the Board meeting of Chien-Shiung Wu Education Foundation and was approved unanimously by the Board.
The 2007 Asian Science Camp was organized by Wu Chien Shiung Education Foundation with assistance by Academia Sinica in Taiwan. The organizational meeting of the Asian Science Camp International Board took place during the 2007 Asian Science Camp. Founding members of the international board include five non-governmental organizations in Asia.
Nepal has been participating in the Asian Science Camp since 2009. When Prof. Chaitanya Sharma led an initiative as a Nepal contact person of Asian Science Camp International Organizing Committee, the selection committee in Nepal was formed under his chairmanship. The committee has been selecting the best candidates through a countrywide competitive procedure to participate in the event so as to bring the best Nepal can offer.