Outstanding Achievements of Vietnamese Mathematics at the International Olympics

From then to now, Vietnam has been regarded as the cradle of mathematical talents. It is no wonder that Vietnamese candidates have got prizes in the International Olympics competitions every year; especially the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) cannot be missed.

‘Vietnamese Talents’ of the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMC) 2017.

The International Mathematical Olympiads competition took place from July 12 to July 23 in Brazil with the attendance from 112 countries and territories. 6 Vietnamese contestants won the medals, in which Hoang Huu Quoc Huy (Le Quy Don High School, Ba Ria – Vung Tau province got 35 points) won a gold medal. Huy and two other contestants (one from Iran and one from Japan) had the highest personal score IMO 2017.

The remaining three gold medalists are Le Quang Dung (Lam Son High School, Thanh Hoa), Nguyen Canh Hoang (Phan Boi Chau High School, Nghe An) and Phan Nhat Duy (Ha Tinh High School, Ha Tinh). Meanwhile, Pham Nam Khanh (Hanoi Amsterdam High School – 21 points) won a silver medal and Do Van Quyet (Vinh Phuc High School, Vinh Phuc – 18 points) won a bronze medal.

Associate Professor Ph.D Le Anh Vinh (Head of Delegation); Dr. Le Ba Khanh Trinh (Deputy Delegation) and six students in the ceremony received the 2017 International Mathematical Olympiad in Brazil. Photo: GIANG SON
Associate Professor Ph.D Le Anh Vinh (Head of Delegation); Dr. Le Ba Khanh Trinh (Deputy Delegation) and six students in the ceremony received the 2017 International Mathematical Olympiad in Brazil. Photo: GIANG SON

With this achievement, the Vietnamese delegation ranked the third in the world, behind South Korea and China. This is considered to be a great success between teachers and pupils and also marks the most advanced education in Vietnam. It promises to bring a bright future for the next generations.

Good examples to the next generations

The first person to mention is the Legend of Vietnamese Mathematics, Dr. Le Ba Khanh Trinh – Deputy Head of Vietnam Mathematical Olympiad delegation, who achieved an absolute score 40/40 IMO in 1979.

In 1979, Dr. Le Ba Khanh Truc made Vietnam a great honor when he won the absolute score 40/40 at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Along with the gold medal, Dr. Khanh Trinh received a special prize as the contestant with the best explanation. Through 41 seasons of IMO, Dr. Khanh Trinh is still the only Vietnamese candidate to achieve this achievement.

Dr. Le Ba Khanh Trinh - Deputy Head of Vietnam Mathematical Olympiad delegation
Dr. Le Ba Khanh Trinh – Deputy Head of Vietnam Mathematical Olympiad delegation

The next person is none other than the youngest holder of the International Mathematical Olympics getting the gold medal, Professor Nguyen Tien Dung.

Born in 1970, won the gold medal in the International Mathematics Olympics (IMO) in 1985 at the age of 15, Professor Nguyen Tien Dung is still the youngest Vietnamese student to achieve this achievement so far.

In 2007, Professor Nguyen Tien Dung was nominated by the National Commission on French Universities (CNU), at the age of 37. In 2015, he was nominated special professor by the CNU.

Currently, Professor Nguyen Tien Dung is a Professor at University of Toulouse in France. He has had over 50 scientific articles and a monograph book (more than 300 pages long, written jointly with Jean-Paul Dufour) until now.

Professor Nguyen Tien Dung
Professor Nguyen Tien Dung

Last but not least, talking about the International Mathematics Olympics (IMO), it would be a mistake if we did not mention Ph.D Phan Phuong Dat, Vice Director of FPT Online University – Funix, who got certificates of merit by three models of Vietnamese Prime Minister.

In just two years, with two bronze medals (1987) and a silver medal (1988), he became the only Vietnamese student to receive Certificate of Merit from three models of the Prime Minister.

The first time he was awarded the Prime Minister, Sir Pham Van Dong. Then, Chairman of the Council of Ministers. Pham Hung (the other name of the Prime Minister at the time), he was passed away thereafter and his successor as Minister, Sir Do Muoi.

Ph.D Phan Phuong Dat, Vice Director of FPT Online University - Funix, who got certificates of merit by three models of Vietnamese Prime Minister.
Ph.D Phan Phuong Dat, Vice Director of FPT Online University – Funix, who got certificates of merit by three models of Vietnamese Prime Minister.