Romania ranked first in Europe and 5th in the world at the International Physics Olympiad. Romanian pupils won four gold medals and a silver one, as the Education ministry announced.
The gold medals went to Anca Drăgulescu, Răzvan Octavian Radu and Petru Cotruț (from the Bucharest International Informatics High School) and Andrei Radu (11th grade at the “Nicolae Balcescu” National College in Braila).
Sebastian Leontică, 11th grade at “Petru Rareș” National College in Piatra Neamț won a silver medal.
The Romanian’s Olympic team was coordinated by Delia Davidescu (teacher at Bucharest International Informatics High School) and Adrian Dafinei (university docent doctor at the Physics Faculty of the Bucharest University).
The physics international Olympiad took place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, during July 16-24, with 424 pupils from 88 countries racing.
President Klaus Iohannis, a former physics teacher, on Tuesday congratulated the pupils and the teachers attending the international Olympiad.
“I am happy every time the Romanian pupils and teachers’ performance is internationally renowned and praised. I congratulate those five pupils and the teachers from the Romanian delegation at the International Physics Olympiad, for their remarkable results. They ranked our country first in Europe and in the top of the five best countries in physics, a field dear to me. Their exceptional achievements are inspiring us and are the best proof that tenacity, effort and energy thrown into passion make dreams come true,” the Romanian president posted on Facebook.
Three silver medals and two bronze ones at Maths Olympiad
On the other hand, Romania has won three silver medals, three bronze medals and a mention at the International Mathematics Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.
The Education ministry informed that Filip-Alexandru Ion (‘Mihai Viteazul’ National College from Bucharest), Mihnea-Gabriel Doica and Ștefan Tudose (from the International Informatics High School in Bucharest) obtained the silver medals.
Ciprian Mircea Bonciocat (also winning silver in 2015 and 2016) and Mihnea-Andrei Ocian, boths pupils of the “Tudor Vianu” National Informatics College in Bucharest took the bronze.
Alexandra Timofte (‘Tudor Vianu’ Informatics College) has got mention.
The Romanian team was coordinated by university professor Radu Gologan (Polytechnic University in Bucharest) and university professor Mihai Chis (West University, Timisoara).
Over 600 pupils from 110 countries raced in the International Maths Olympiad this year.