All Vietnamese students competing at Asian, Asia-Pacific, and global Olympiads this year won medals, the Ministry of Education and Training said on Saturday.
At a merit ceremony on Saturday to honor students claiming medals at Olympiad and international science-engineering competitions in 2023, the ministry reported that Vietnam sent seven delegations with 36 students to Olympiads, including the Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad, the Asian Physics Olympiad, and international Olympiad competitions in mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, and informatics.
Vietnamese students bagged eight golds, 12 silvers, 12 bronzes, and four certificates of merit.
Vietnam was listed among the top 10 countries with the highest results in these competitions.
In May this year, a project of Vietnamese students won a third prize at the 2023 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair Grand Awards held in the U.S. with the participation of students from 61 countries and territories.
Vietnamese students also earned a special award presented by the U.S. Agency for International Development for their quadruped robot model used to assist search and rescue operations in landslide-affected areas.
|Deputy Minister of Education and Training Ngo Thi Minh (C, first row) poses for a photo with teachers and representatives of schools with great achievements at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 16, 2023. Photo: M.Linh / Tuoi Tre
As the youngest student of the Vietnamese team at the 2023 International Biology Olympiad, Nguyen Tien Loc, who won a silver medal at the competition when he was in the 11th grade, said he was extremely happy and surprised when he was picked as a team member.
"At that time, my knowledge was not as advanced as that of 12th graders, so the outcome exceeded my expectations. Alongside my personal efforts, the substantial support from my school, teachers, and friends played a crucial role," Loc shared.
During the merit ceremony, exceptional students were awarded English language scholarships valued at VND100 million (US$4,121) each.
This recognition underscores the importance of English proficiency in facilitating their integration and skill enhancement.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Ngo Thi Minh said Vietnamese students had obtained impressive achievements this year, adding that they are typical talents of the country.