From July 22-28, the Bulgarian city of Blagoevgrad hosted the International Mathematics Competition for University Students IMC 2018. This year, the event brought together 351 students from 69 universities.
MIPT placed fifth in the team event, ranking behind St. Petersburg State University, the Israeli national team, Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), and Yerevan State University. Team MIPT is followed by Loránd Eötvös University (Budapest), Team of Teamless, Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich), University of Vienna, and University of Science and Technology of China.
The Phystech team took six First Prizes and one Third Prize in individual scoring:
Maksim Didin — First Prize (68 points);
Nikita Chernega — First Prize (64 points);
Stanislav Grishin — First Prize (61 points);
Egor Baytenov — First Prize (60 points);
Aleksey Volostnov — First Prize (59 points);
Aleksey Vasilevsky — First Prize (51 points);
Alexander Trufanov — Third Prize (31 points).
“This year, the MIPT team consisted mostly of experienced contestants, four of whom were winners of the International Mathematical Olympiad for high school students. They did get pretty good results, but this time there also were some other teams who gave quite an impressive performance and so outscored us. Apart from the traditional front-runners of the competition — St. Petersburg State University and Israel, we also lost to the teams from Yerevan and Pisa. As always, MIPT was ranked second among Russian universities, although the Institute does not even have a mathematics department as such. In addition to studying maths, our students have comprehensive courses in physics at the Department of General and Applied Physics and the Department of Control and Applied Mathematics, and study computer science at the Department of Innovation and High Technology and the Department of Control and Applied Mathematics”, says Roman Karasev, a lecturer at the higher mathematics department and the team coach.
The team was also trained by Mikhail Grigoriev, a lecturer at the discrete mathematics department.
The MIPT team was sponsored by AIMTech and Moscow Workshops ICPC international educational project. The results of the event are available on the contest’s unofficial page and will be posted shortly on the official IMC 2018 website.
The IMC is the most large-scale international mathematics competition for university students. It is traditionally organized by University College London and hosted by the American University in Bulgaria.
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the annual world mathematics championship for high school students. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with seven countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from five continents.