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A student delegation from the University of Amsterdam has won nine medals, including two gold medals, at the 24th International Mathematics Competition in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. The students had trained for the competition as part of a UvA honours course.

The UvA Team 2017

Since 2010 the UvA has been sending a team of students to participate in the International Mathematics Competition (IMC), and each year the UvA delegation is getting stronger. This year Bastiaan Cnossen, Micheal Daas, Mick Gielen, Tim Henke, Ruben La, Wouter Rienks, Hugo Sauerbier Couvee, Oscar Schoen, Manuel Van and Bram van den Heuvel joined over seventy teams from around the world for the competition.

Overall, the team came in 14th place. Michael and Wouter won gold medals; Bastiaan, Ruben and Tim won silver medals; and Mick, Hugo, Oscar and Manuel won bronze medals.

We are incredibly proud of their performance and the effort they put into this competition.

About the International Mathematics Competition

This year the International Mathematics Competition was organized by University College London and hosted by the American University in Bulgaria. It took place in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, from 31 July to 6 August, 2017. Participants were  first-year to fourth-year Mathematics students from around the world. The UvA team was lead by Jacob Turner, postdoc at the Korteweg - de Vries Institute for Mathematics. The competition consisted of ten problems of algebra, analysis, geometry and combinatorics, which were to be solved during two 5-hour sessions. 

Honours course

The students from Team UvA were trained for this competition in during an honours course. The best candidates in the course were selected to take part in the competition in Blagoevgrad. They used the summer months to train and prepare for the competition.