Thursday, April 13, 2006

Russian Students Win Programming Contest

Russian Students Win Programming Contest

Go Russia! The student team from Saratov State University won the 2006 Association for Computing Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest (that's a mouthful). It is an international academic competition for computing students. The competition consists of students working in teams of 3 and attempt to solve a group of software puzzles or problems in the shortest amount of time.

The World Finals were held in San Antonio, Texas and hosted by Baylor University. This is no small competition: 1,500 universities from over 70 countries fielded over 3,800 teams that competed at over 130 locations during the regional competition. The World Finals consisted of the top 80 teams.

The final results were as follows:

  1. Saratov State University (Russia)
  2. Altai State Technical University (Russia)
  3. University of Twente (Netherlands)
  4. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)
  5. Warsaw University (Poland)
  6. St. Petersburg State University (Russia)
  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
  8. Moscow State University (Russia)
  9. University of Waterloo (Canada)
  10. Jagiellonian University - Krakow (Poland)
  11. University of Alberta (Canada)
  12. Zhejiang University (China)
Three runner-up gold medal winners each winning $3,000: the University of Twente in the Netherlands, Altai State Technical University in Russia and Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland.

Three schools shared in $2,100 and a silver medal: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, St. Petersburg State University in Russia and China's Shanghai Jai Tong University.

Bronze medals and $1,050 in prize money went to Ufa State Technical University of Aviation and Moscow State University, both in Russia, as well as two Canadian schools: the University of Waterloo in Ontario and the University of Alberta.

So, big congratulations to Саратовский Государственный Университет (Saratov State University), and all the Russian teams, who did very well. They came, they saw, and they kicked-ass!

It is shameful to note that only 1 American university (MIT - of course) placed in the top 20 and only 3 (MIT, Princeton, and DePaul) placed in the top 30 of the competition. How many of the kids from those universities were actually American, one wonders. I consider the slide in global stature of American Universities one of the Bush legacies. The best and brightest minds were at first turned away by changed US visa policies. Now I would say they have fewer and fewer reasons to come study here at all (funding of research and job prospects perhaps being the only attraction).

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