Vietnam has taken turns to be this year’s host for the 27th International Biology Olympiad (IBO 2016 Vietnam), which is scheduled for July 17 to 23.
The opening ceremony of IBO 2016 Vietnam was held in Hanoi on Sunday afternoon, marking the country’s first time hosting the event in its twenty years of participation.
First organized in the city of Olomouc in the Czech Republic in 1990, the International Biology Olympiad is an annual science event for high school students under the age of 20 who compete by sitting an examination testing their theoretical and experimental knowledge of biology.
This year’s IBO sees a record number of delegations and student participants, at 71 and 264 respectively, of which three delegations are observers.
The IBO 2016 Vietnam is co-organized by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and the Hanoi University of Education.
Vietnam has mobilized 350 experts and teachers in the field of biology as well as over 100 volunteers to prepare for the event.
“The exam papers are composed over many rounds by Vietnamese scientists and biology teachers, and have been thoroughly reviewed to make sure they meet international standards and deliver a breath of fresh air to the competition,” a representative from the Ministry of Education and Training said.
Speaking at Thursday’s opening ceremony, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha said that a record number of participants in the 27th IBO in Vietnam was proof of the event's appeal to students and the love of international friends for Vietnam.
“This is a rare opportunity for Vietnamese students to exchange with international friends,” the minister said.
Vietnam first participated in the IBO in 1996, and has since claimed one gold medal, ten silvers, and 45 bronzes at the Olympiad.
The official logo of the 27th International Biology Olympiad in Hanoi, Vietnam