The Anniversary Ceremony of Vietnam 40 years at the International Mathematical Olympiad (1974-2014)

The Anniversary Ceremony of Vietnam 40 years at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) was held on September 14, 2014 at Hanoi University of Science and Technology. The Ceremony is co-organized by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Vietnam Mathematical Society (VMS) and the National Program for the development of Mathematics until 2020.

Attending the ceremony were: Prof. Nguyen Thien Nhan, member of the Politburo, Chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee; Prof. Dao Trong Thi, Chairman of the NA’s Committee for Culture, Education and Young People; Mr. Nguyen Vinh Hien, Deputy Minister of Education and Training; Mr Truong Minh Tuan, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology; Mr. Nguyen Dac Vinh, First Secretary of the Youth Union’s Central Committee; Prof. Hoang Tuy; the family members of the late Prime Minister Pham Van Dong and the late Minister of MOET, Ta Quang Buu; Prof. Ngo Bao Chau and the representatives of other relevant departments of MOET and MOST, Youth Union’s Central Committee, Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, teachers and students from the gifted high school as well as many generations of IMO teachers and students over the last 40 years.

In 1974, Vietnam first sent a delegation to attend the 16th IMO for high school students in German Democratic Republic. Since then, it has 38 times attended the event. During the past 40 years, the Vietnam delegation has always ranked top ten with 213 medals, including 52 gold, 94 silver and 67 bronze medals; nine students twice won gold medals and six students achieved highest scores.

The event paid tribute to the IMO teachers and students who contributed to the process of training and examination, enhanced the role of the gifted high schools, the excellent high school student contests and the IMO as well as encouraged students to study and contribute their talent to the development of Vietnam.

The Ceremony was not only to honor the achievements in the past, but also to reflect the progress made in education in Vietnam. The successes in the competition of Vietnam have encouraged students nationwide to excel their study in other subjects of natural and social sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Literature, History, Geography) and in foreign languages (Russian, English, French); improved the gifted high school system in Vietnam to discover and nurture talented people who showed off Vietnam’s mathematical aptitude to the world, naming Ngo Bao Chau, Dam Thanh Son, Vu Ha Van as a few. There were many professors, doctors working in Vietnam and abroad and many other people succeed in the fields of management, industry and socio-economic.


Source: VIASM


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