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Mathematics students from the University of Amsterdam has won ten medals, including three gold medals, at the International Mathematics Competition 2019 for University Students in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.

IMC team 2019
The UvA-team 2019. Photo: UvA

Highest ranked Dutch University team

Since 2010 the UvA has been sending a team of students to participate in the International Mathematics Competition (IMC) in Blagoevgrad. This year the UvA team came in 19th place and was just like last year, the highest ranked Dutch University team. Also this was the first time the UvA team obtained three gold medals, and both Wouter Rienks (60 points) and Mike Daas (57 points) have broken the old points record of a UvA participant (56 points). Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that Sam van den Brink, PhD candidate at the Korteweg-de Vries Institute, obtained  the 9th place as the most efficient team leader.

We are very proud of the achievements of the UvA team and congratulate the students Mike Daas, Ivo Kroon and Wouter Rienks (gold medals), Lies Beers and Mick Gielen (silver medals), Floris Cnossen, Constantijn Dekker, Reinier Sorgdrager, Siebe Verheijen and Jim Wittebol (bronze medals) and Bart Zondervan (honorable mention).

About the International Mathematics Competition

The International Mathematics Competition for University Students 2019, was organised by University College London and hosted by the American University in Bulgaria in Blagoevgrad from the 28July until the 3August 2019. Participants were  first-year to fourth-year Mathematics students from around the world and in total 360 students and 77 teams participated.

Honours course

The students from the UvA team were trained for this competition during the honours course 'Training IMC 2019'. The best candidates in the course were selected to take part in the competition in Blagoevgrad. The UvA team was sponsored by the Faculty of Science and the Korteweg-de Vries Institute.