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Chinese, U.S. Universities Share Top Spots with Russian Schools in ACM International Programming Contest

ACM President Cites Importance of Computing and Computer Science Education in Driving Innovation in the Global Economy

Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession


Virginia Gold

Sara Appleyard

Widmeyer Communications

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NEW YORK – May 31, 2011 – Chinese universities placed first and third, and an American university took the second spot, with five Russian Federation universities among the top twelve rankings in the 2011 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) which concluded this week.  First place went to Zhejiang University, with the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in second, followed by Tsinghua University in third.  Among the top winning teams were universities from Germany, Ukraine, Poland, and Canada.  

            This international competition, now in its 35th year, has been run by ACM, a society of more than 100,000 computing educators, researchers, professionals, and students worldwide, since the mid-1970s as the world’s premiere programming contest.  Financial and systems support for ACM-ICPC is provided by IBM.  The contest took place in Orlando, FL with 105 teams competing in the final round.  Earlier rounds of the competition included nearly 25,000 contestants representing 2,070 universities from 88 countries.  The top four teams won Gold medals as well as employment or internship offers from IBM.   Full results are available.  

            ACM President Alain Chesnais applauded the global reach of ACM-ICPC and its allure for the world’s top computing programmers. “This competition draws the brightest young computing talent and brings recognition of their achievements to the global technology community.  It offers expanding career opportunities for the participants, but it also illuminates the role of computing in solving problems, driving innovation, and benefiting society in boundless ways,” he said.            

            The five top Russian Federation universities included St. Petersburg State, Nizhny Novgorod State, Saratov State, Moscow State, and Ural State, finishing fourth, fifth, sixth, tenth, and eleventh respectively.  In addition, Germany’s Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg took seventh place, Ukraine’s Donetsk National University was in the eighth spot, Poland’s Jagiellonian University in Krakow came in ninth, and Canada’s University of Waterloo finished twelfth. 

            ACM’s Chesnais also pointed to the importance of computer science education in the competitive global economy.  He noted ACM’s efforts to help high school students, teachers, and parents better understand the many careers enabled by studying computer science.  For example, ACM launched Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) with its partners in December 2009, to raise awareness of the transformative role of computing and the need to bolster computer science at all educational levels.  The website created for this effort serves as the interactive and central resource hub for CSEdWeek, engaging supporters to prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need for the 21st century. 


About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers, professionals, and students to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.  


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