Vietnam’s Olympic team claimed a silver, two bronze medals, and a certificate at the European Physics Olympiad 2019 which took place from May 31 to June 4 in Riga, Latvia.
|Vietnamese students win big at European Physics Olympiad 2019.
Vietnamese team comprised of five high school students from Hanoi, as well as from Quang Ninh, Nghe An, and Bac Ninh provinces. The silver medal was awarded to Do Huy Hoang of the Natural Science High School under the Hanoi National University.
Elsewhere, the two bronze medals belonged to Tran Ngoc Khanh of Ha Long Gifted High School in the northern province of Quang Ninh, and Nguyen Van Binh of Phan Boi Chau Gifted High Shool in the central province of Nghe An.
Finally, a certificate was given to Ngo Duy Thinh of Bac Ninh Gifted High School.
The Vietnam Physical Society said that this year marks the first time the country has taken part in the European Physics Olympiad 2019, noting that outstanding students with high academic achivements were carefully selected to particpate in the event.
European Physics Olympiad (EuPhO) is a contest for high school students. The competition consists of two rounds: an experimental exam and a theoretical exam.
In addition to the International Physics Olympiad (started in 1967) there exist traditions of regional competitions such as Asian Physics Olympiad (since 2000) and Ibero-American Physics Olympiad (since 1991).
The concept of EuPhO is similar to real research situations, with short problems description and plenty of space for creative solutions.
The first EuPhO was held in Tallinn, Estonia in 2017, the second in Moscow, Russia in 2018. The third EuPhO will be held in Riga, Latvia from May 31 to June 4, 2019 and hosted by the University of Latvia.By Thien Minh