All 34 members of Team Vietnam who competed at the World Mathematics Invitational (WMI) 2023 in South Korea bagged medals, including six golds, nine silvers, and 12 bronzes, along with seven merit prizes.
The gold medalists included Dang Anh Tuan, Nguyen Hong Son, and Nguyen Dang Quoc Anh from Hanoi’s Trung Vuong Middle School; Nguyen Dinh Phong and Nguyen Quang Bao from Hanoi’s Ngo Si Lien Middle School; and Tran Lam Dao from Hanoi’s Kim Lien Elementary School.
Along with his gold medal, Tuan, an eighth grader, was also honored with a ‘Star of the World’ award – a merit given to the student with the highest score on each team.
This annual World Mathematics Invitational took place from July 14 to 18 at Yonsei University in Seoul, attracting more than 3,000 contestants from 25 countries and territories, including traditional powerhouses the U.S., China, and Bulgaria.
The competition’s organizing committee held an awards ceremony for the event on July 18.
Vietnam joined the WMI for the first time in 2019, when all the 32 members of its team brought home medals from the event in Japan’s Fukuoka City.
From 2020 to 2022, the WMI finals were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WMI was co-founded in 2013 by chairman of the Chinese Mathematical Association Kun-Lung Tsai and Professor Quan Lam from the University of California at Berkeley, according to the Asia Maths Alliance.
Students from kindergarten to grade 12 can register for the competition.
Each WMI contest has two rounds, including a preliminary round and a final round. Each round is divided into logical reasoning and application sections.
The preliminary round is held by each WMI member country or territory between January and March.
Gold, silver, and bronze medalists in each of these rounds are invited to represent their country in the final round, which gathers all national teams in one city for their competition.
Through interacting with math-loving counterparts from other countries during the final round, students can expand their worldview and experience different cultures, thus opening their horizons and broadening their futures, the WMI website said.