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Indonesian students secure six medals at International Mathematical Olympiad in UK

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, July 26, 2019  /  04:35 pm
Indonesian students secure six medals at International Mathematical Olympiad in UK

During the annual competition, participants were given four and a half hours to solve six math problems in four strands, namely algebra, combinatory, geometry and number theory.  (www.facebook.com/Kemdikbud.RI/File)

Indonesian high school students came home with one gold, four silver and one bronze medals after competing at the 2019 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom on July 11-22.

They are Kinantan Arya Bagaspati from SMA Taruna Nusantara in Magelang, Central Java (gold medal); Jonathan Christian Nitisastro from SMAK Petra 2 in Surabaya, East Java (silver medal); Alfian Edgar Tjandra from SMA Kharisma Bangsa in South Tangerang, Banten (silver medal); Aaron Alvarado Kristanto from SMAK Petra 1 in Surabaya (silver medal); Valentino Dante Tjowasi from SMAK Petra 2 (silver medal); and Farrel Dwireswara Salim from SMA Kharisma Bangsa (bronze medal).

The accomplishment placed Indonesia in 14th position out of 110 participating countries. This year's competition was joined by more than 600 students from across the globe.

"This is the third time the Indonesian team received a gold medal. Previously we got one in 2013 and 2018," the team's coordinator, Aleams Barra, said as quoted on the Education and Culture Ministry's website on Thursday.

During the annual competition, participants were given four and a half hours to solve six math problems in four strands, namely algebra, combinatory, geometry and number theory. 

"Even professional mathematicians would find it hard to solve these problems in such a short time," Aleams added.

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High school counseling director Purwadi Sutanto is hopeful that the Indonesian math Olympiad team would be able to maintain and increase their accomplishments in the long run. 

"I'm proud that the team was able to maintain its gold tradition. We hope it can inspire other Indonesian students," he said. (dmy/kes)