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Việt Nam team named top ten at 12th IOAA

Update: November, 12/2018 - 15:00
The Vietnamese team were all students of the Hà Nội - Amsterdam High School for the Gifted. - Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The five-member Vietnamese team bagged four medals at the 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Beijing, China, held from November 3 to 11.

In its third appearance at the competition, Việt Nam ranked 10th among 39 countries and territories.

Trần Xuân Tùng won a gold medal, Hồ Phi Dũng grabbed a silver medal while Lê Trần Đạo and Nguyễn Tô Vĩnh Huy received bronze. The contestants are all students of the prestigious Hà Nội – Amsterdam High School for the Gifted.

The competition attracted 214 participants divided into 46 teams. Participants face four problem-solving tasks including a theoretical examination, practical observation, data analysis and a group challenge.

According to the orgainising board, the main goal of IOAA is to promote the growing interest in astronomy and related subjects, especially through the general education of young people, and enhancing the development of international contacts among different countries in promoting astronomy and astrophysics in schools. It is expected that through events like the IOAA, more bright high school students will be eager to study astronomy at university to become the next generation of astronomers.

This was the second time China has hosted the event.

On Sunday afternoon, Việt Nam’s Ambassador to China Đặng Minh Khôi met and congratulated the team for their achievements at the competition.

Teacher Bùi Thị Minh Nga, on behalf of the team, expressed her appreciation for the support of the Việt Nam Embassy during the competition. – VNS

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