Indonesian Team Won First Prize on the International Mathematic Competition in Bulgaria

Indonesian students’ members of the Indonesian Mathematic team had successfully won achieved one (1) First Prize awards, two (2) Second Prize, two (2) Third Prize and two (2) Honorable Mention in the 21st International Mathematic Competition (IMC) in Blageovgrad Bulgaria which took place from July 29 to August 4 2014. The first prize (gold) achieved by Moh. Yasya Bahr from Institute of Technology of Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Second Prize by Pramoedya Ananto from University of Gajah Mada (UGM) and Joshua Jonathan Hamonangan from University of Indonesia (UI), Third Prize by Al Hazmy Sofihara from Indonesian Institute of Education (UPI) and Taufiq Akbari Utomo from Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), and Honorable Mention by Muhammad Ardiyansyah (UGM) and Dian Sito Rukmi (ITB).

The team very proud of the results because the seven students who participated had won the award. They had to compete with 324 students from 35 countries. This was the first international competition for Yasya Basrul and Dian Sito. The students were quite satisfied with their achievement, according to them this year questions were easier than last year questions

IMC Indonesian team was accompanied by two faculties mentor, namely: Siti Fatimah from UPI, Ahmad Muchlis from ITB and two companions from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia Maslina Sembiring and Syahril Chaniago. Before the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 3, 2014, the team had the opportunity to have the lunch with Indonesian Ambassador and Mrs. Lia B. Saptomo, to talk and take pictures together.

One of the faculty advisers, Siti Fatimah, said that the participation of Indonesian Team in this International Mathematics Competition had been started since 2003 on a regular basis every year. She explained that the competition was very prestigious because it was attended by participants from leading universities in the world such as Yale University, Nanyang Technological University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Tel Aviv University, Warsaw University, Saint Petersburg State University, etc. This was the second time the teams received the first First Prize after 2011, said Siti Fatimah.

On a separate occasion the President of IMC, John Jayne, said that the reason why they chose the American University in Blageovgrad for the umpteenth time as the place of the competition was because of the friendly environment. It was also explained that participants who excel would get priority if interested in continuing a Master or PhD programs at top universities in the UK and the USA.

International Mathematic Competition was organized by the University College London in collaboration with the American University in Blageovgrad, Bulgaria. The competition level of the students intended to level four. Mathematical questions that competed are Algebra, Analysis (Real and Complex), Geometry and Combinatorics.