The Hanoitimes - The Prime Minister has approved a project to organise the 19th Asian Physics Olympiad in 2018 (APhO 2018) in Vietnam, which is hoped to help encourage the study and teaching of physics in schools, thus seeking and nurturing talented students in the subject.
APhO 2018 will be held in Hanoi from May 5 to 15 with the participation of about 30 teams from 30 countries and territories, along with 60 scientific observers and 17 international guests.
19th Asian Physics Olympiad to be held in Hanoi.
A National Steering Committee for APhO 2018 has been formed and headed by Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha. The committee is tasked to coordinate with ministries, sectors and localities in preparing and organising the competition, while directing and supervising the implementation of the work. The University of Technology will act as the chair of the event.
The Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) is an annual physics competition for high school students from Asia and Oceania regions. It is one of the International Science Olympiads.The first APhO was hosted by Indonesia in 2000. The next Asian Physics Olympiad will be held in Russia.
APhO has its origins in the International Physics Olympiad and is conducted according to similar statutes (One five-hour theoretical examination and one or two laboratory examinations). It is usually held about two months before the IPhO and can also be seen as additional training for the teams.
Each national delegation is made up of eight competitors (unlike five in the IPhO) plus two leaders. Observers may also accompany a national team. The leaders are involved in the selection, preparation and translation of the exam tasks, and the translation and marking of exam papers. The students compete as individuals, and must sit through intensive theoretical and laboratory examinations. For their efforts the students can be awarded a medal (gold, silver or bronze) or an honorable mention.