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Sharif University gains 13th place in Students International Programming Competition - In the final round of 32nd Students International Programming Competition, Sharif University gained the 13th place among one hundred teams.

According to science correspondent of ISNA, the teams which were selected among approximately 6700 teams from 1821 universities of 83 countries, had terminated their final round in Alberta University of Canada in early April 2008.

Sharif team with three competitors, Vahid Liaghat, Mehdi Safarnejad and Nima Ahmadipour Anari, was granted the permission to compete as the best team in West Asia regional site (Tehran).

Despite the success in regional competitions and making to the final, Amirkabir and Tehran Universities teams were stopped, because Canadian Embassy did not grant them a visa.

Information Technology, Mechanic and Optic University of St. Petersburg gained the first place by solving eight problems and Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), Izhevsk State University of Russia, National University of Lviv and State University of Moscow, by solving seven problems, stood in second to fifth places.

Sharif University by solving six problems gained the 13th place along with Princeton and Tokyo Universities and, similar to the last year, they stood in the second place in Asia after China which gained the sixth place in the competition.


The host team (Alberta) and grand Universities such as Oxford, British Columbia and Kyoto, by solving five problems and less, stood in lower places than Sharif University.

This competition was founded in 1976 by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), to enhance the ability for problem solving in computer students and providing a suitable ground for their talents.

Nevertheless, despite the importance of the ACM competition and its high status, which gives it the title of Programming Olympic and the fact that acquiring a rank between one and twenty is usually considered an honor, the Iranian teams didn't enjoy any official support. According to Dr. Qodsi, member of Sharif University academic staff and the person in charge of the Sharif team, the Ministry of Science, just like previous years, didn't support students for their trip expenses and they attended the competition by their unremitting efforts and support from a private institution.


Note: Original article published in Persian by ISNA on 4/11/2008.
Translated for by BMarz translators:


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