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Pure Appl. Chem., 2001, Vol. 73, No. 7, pp. 1125-1135

Strategy for globalization of chemical education based on the Internet

Yoshito Takeuchi1*, Masato M. Ito2 and Hiroshi Yoshida3

1 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Kanagawa University, 2946 Tsuchiyapp, Hiratsuka, 259-1293 Japan
2 Faculty of Engineering, Soka University, 1-236 Tangi-cho, Hachioji, Tokyo, 192-8577 Japan
3 Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, 739-8526 Japan

Abstract: It is likely that in the age of globalization, chemical education cannot be unaffected by this trend. The essential prerequisite for globalization would be a common curriculum. It has long been assumed that a common curriculum is technically impossible because of the difficulty involved in the dissemination of information. There is now a realistic possibility that this difficulty will be substantially reduced, if not eliminated, by use of the Internet. Difficulties involved in the translation of text will also be reduced by the use of accurate and low-cost translation software. Under such circumstances, what is urgently needed is the establishment of teaching materials translation centers around the world.