To enable young university graduates and PhDs from countries with limited research facilities to acquire knowledge on recent advances in polymer science and professional skills needed for promotion of polymer science in their home countries.
The eighth and ninth runs of the Course were held in the academic years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in Prague. The Courses are sponsored, mostly without financial assistance, by UNESCO. The Institute with its staff of 240 including more than 100 scientists and with experience of 38 years in educating young scientists from emerging countries offers up-to-date facilities for postgraduate training in polymer science. The number of participants in each of the runs held so far varied between 5 and 13, depending on the funds available. The Course lasts 10 months and comprises about 50 hours of lectures in modern polymer science, including introduction into the nomenclature and terminology recommended by IUPAC, experimental work on research projects under the supervision of senior scientists of the Institute and participation in all educational activities within the Institute. Young scientists from the following countries graduated from the Course: Bangladesh; Bulgaria; India; Kazakhstan; Poland; Romania; Russia; South Africa; Ukraine; Uzbekistan. The results of their research are published in international technical journals. The cumulative results of all the runs of the Course are, as of May 2005: 72 participants; 87 papers in international journals published; 91 communications at international meetings. (See list of communications since September 1996 – https://www.imc.cas.cz/unescoiupac/papersUI.html
At the end of each run, a public seminar is organized at which all participants report on their results. A certificate of graduation, with UNESCO and IUPAC logos, is issued to the graduates. Follow-up shows that graduation from the Course has been very helpful to professional promotion of the graduates in their home countries. Co-operation with a number of them continues through joint projects with their home laboratories.
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In August 2005, the course was honored with first IUPAC-Samsung Education Prize, recognizing that over the last ten years, it has established a world-wide reputation for its high standards and effective training of students in polymer science, particularly those from economically disadvantaged countries. The award of USD 5000, available 1 January 2006, should assist a deserving student and will contribute to Samsung’s goal of stimulating polymer education and research in the world. more (Chem. Int. Nov/Dec 2005)