Mathematical achievements enhance Vietnam’s int’l profile

(VOV) - The outstanding results achieved by Vietnamese students at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) provide a solid foundation for the country to build mathematical development programs in the future.

Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan was speaking at a ceremony honouring 40 years of Vietnam’s participation in the IMO (1974-2014) hosted by the Ministry of Education and Training and the Vietnam Mathematical Society in Hanoi on September 14.

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President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan delivering a speech at the ceremony in Hanoi.

Vietnam first sent a delegation to attend the 16th IMO for high school students in the German Democratic Republic in 1974. Since then, it has 38 times attended such an event of this kind with the participation of 228 students who grabbed 213 medals, including 52 gold, 94 silver and 67 bronze medals.

Additionally, Le Ba Khanh Trinh won 3 honourary certificates and 1 special prize in 1979.

Among the winners, nine students twice won gold medals and 6 achieved highest scores. During the past 40 years, Vietnam has been listed among the nations with greatest accomplishments and highest ranking in 1999 and 2007. In terms of the number of gold medals, Vietnam recorded the highest achievement with 4 gold medals and 2 silver medals in 2004.

 “The achievements made by the Vietnamese delegation at the IMO have encouraged students nationwide to excel in their studies in other subjects. Vietnam’s accomplishments have affirmed its international mathematical position, serving as the core of talent cultivation towards the establishment of an institute for advanced mathematics study.” VFF President Nhan said.