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The Flying Chemists Program

In January 2005, CCE embarked in a new initiative: the Flying Chemists Program (FCP). The aim is to provide emerging countries means to improve the teaching and learning of chemistry at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. The FCP will provide a country with the expertise needed to strengthen chemistry education and to assist them in its development.

The program is preferably to be implemented for the development of economically disadvantaged countries. The host country will provide local costs (boarding and lodging), and CCE will provide the air fare. It is anticipated that visits will be considered only if invitations are received from a National Society, a Ministry of Education or Technology, or another comparable substantial organization.

Among the specific aims of the FCP are:

  1. To assist in the development of curricula.
  2. To help develop or recommend new tools of assessment.
  3. To help recommend implementation of hand-on experiences at all levels of chemistry education.
  4. To assist in the establishment of partnerships among universities, industries, and governments.
  5. To help develop different approaches to the teaching of chemistry.
  6. To develop successful international conferences to achieve expert advice on a particular aspect of chemistry education.
  7. To help develop and implement teacher training and preparation programs.
  8. To help identify and approach sources of funding.
  9. To assist in other matters of chemistry education.

The host country is expected to make thorough preparations for the visit and coordinate all activities in order to achieve the specific goals and objectives of the visit. In addition, the requester should plan for meetings with the academics, industrialists, and government agencies in order to identify future viable strategies. This might help achieve the country a self-sustainable model. In general, the program should not exceed one week.

> short review of the application procedure

For more information about the FCP, contact the program coordinator Prof. Mei-Hung Chiu, CED chairman.

Projects under this porgram:
> 2005-004-1-050 - 2005 visit to India
> 2005-030-1-050 - 2006 visit to Sri Lanka
> 2007-018-1-050 - 2008 visit to the Philippines

<program description published in Chem. Int Jan-Feb 2006, p. 24>

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