The Hanoitimes - All six Vietnamese students competing at the 14th International Science Olympiads in the Netherlands won medals, three silvers, and three bronzes, according to the Hanoi Department of Education and Training.
Luong Hien Nga and Do Cao Minh Chau from Hanoi-Amsterdam High School and Nguyen Trong Khai from Nguyen Hue High School for Gifted Students each bagged a silver medal. Meanwhile, the three bronze medals were presented to Nguyen Duc Hieu, Le Hoang Minh, and Tran Khanh Vy from Hanoi-Amsterdam High School.
Six Vietnamese students secure medal at the 14th International Science Olympiads.
The International Science Olympiads took place in the Netherlands from December 2 to 15 with 279 contestants from 50 countries and territories competing in three contests: a multiple choice quiz, theory, and practice in physics, chemistry, and biology. At last year’s Olympiads, Vietnam earned two gold medals, two silvers, and two bronzes.
The International Science Olympiads are a group of worldwide annual competitions in various areas of science. The competitions are designed for the 4 to 6 best high school students from each participating country selected through internal National Science Olympiads, with the exception of the IOL, which allows two teams per country, the IOI, which allows two teams from the hosting country, and the IJSO, which is designed for junior secondary students. Early editions of the Olympiads were limited to the Eastern Bloc, but later they gradually spread to other countries.
The Olympiads themselves are separate competitions each with its own organizing body, even though they are loosely grouped together as "ISOs". The aims of each ISO are to promote a career in science; to challenge the brightest students from around the world; and to compare the various teaching systems of each country. Although the competitions are aimed at secondary school pupils, the standards of the exams are extremely high. In fact, in several countries, achieving a high ranking in any ISO guarantees access to a university of choice and a fellowship.