Vietnamese students win six medals at international maths contest
  • | | July 20, 2019 11:36 AM
Six Vietnamese students have won two gold and four silver medals at the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad in the UK, according to the Ministry of Education and Training on July 20.


Vietnamese team at the International Mathematical Olympiad

110 countries participated in the contest.

The two gold medals were given to Nguyen Nguyen from University of Science’s High School for Gifted Students under Vietnam National University, HCM City, and Nguyen Thuan Hung from Tran Phu High School for Gifted Students in the northern city of Hai Phong.

The four silver medals were awarded to Vuong Tung Duong from Vinh Phuc High School for Gifted Students (Vinh Phuc Province), Nguyen Kha Nhat Long from University of Science’s High School for Gifted Students under Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vu Duc Vinh from Phan Boi Chau High School for Gifted Students ( Nghe An Province), and Phan Minh Duc from Hanoi - Amsterdam High School for Gifted Students.

Vu Duc Vinh is the youngest and is still in 11th grade. Phan Minh Duc has joined the team for the second time and won a silver medal last year. Le Anh Vinh, deputy head of the Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences, is the team leader. This is also the fourth time Vinh led the team to the contest.

The results prove that Vietnam has made the right step in selecting and training gifted students and showed the efforts of the teachers. The Ministry of Education will greet and honour the team at Noi Bai International Airport on July 23.


Vietnamese team

Before the tests were started, the host country selected 28 questions and the leaders chose six questions for their team, discussed the parameters and translated the questions from English to their mother tongues for the students.

This year, in honour of the late Professor Hoang Tuy, one of the two founders of Vietnamese mathematics and passed away on July 14 at the age of 92, Vinh had changed the name Harry in one of the questions to Hoang Tuy.

"I was working on the questions when I heard the news so I made the change to honour him," Vinh said.

According to Vinh, all six students were able to complete the question with Hoang Tuy name.

"I'm sure that they have all heard about Professor Hoang Tuy. But when we discuss the questions, the teachers will tell them more about details so the students will understand his important role and contributions to Vietnamese mathematics," Vinh said.

Vietnam started taking part in the International Mathematical Olympiad since 1974. It is the first country that joined the contest and has been getting good results. In 2004, the Vietnamese team won four gold medals and two silver medals.

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