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Russian, Polish Universities Take Top Spots in ACM ICPC Programming Contest

ACM President Hails International Diversity of Student Contestants and Ability of Computer Science Disciplines to Solve Global Problems

The Association for Computing Machinery
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NEW YORK – May 23, 2012 – Russian Federation universities placed first, third, and tenth, and a Polish university took second place among the top rankings in the 2012 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), which concluded last week.  First place went to St. Petersburg State University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics, with the University of Warsaw in second, followed by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in third. Two Belarus universities and three Chinese universities finished in the top 12 rankings, along with an American university, a Canadian institution, and a Japanese university. The competition pits teams of three university students against nine complex, real-world problems and a demanding five-hour deadline.

Now in its 36th year, this international competition 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 Warsaw, Poland with 122 teams competing in the final round.  Earlier rounds of the competition included nearly 30,000 contestants representing 2,200 universities from 85 countries.  The top four teams won Gold medals as well as employment or internship offers from IBM.   See the full results of the competition.
"This competition draws the brightest young computing talent and brings recognition of their achievements to the global technology community,” said ACM President Alain Chesnais. "With the global reach of ACM-ICPC and its allure for the world's top computing programmers, it offers expanding career opportunities for the participants.  It also illuminates the role of computing in solving problems, driving innovation, and benefiting society in boundless ways," he said.  
The three Russian Federation universities included St. Petersburg State University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and Moscow State University, finishing first, third, and tenth respectively.  In addition, from China, Shanghai Jiao Tong University took fourth place while Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University placed sixth, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong was in eighth place.  The Belarusian State University took fifth place, and the Belarus State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics came in twelfth.  Harvard University was in seventh place, with Canada's University of Waterloo in ninth, and the Japan’s University of Tokyo taking eleventh.

ACM's Chesnais also highlighted the importance of computer science education in the competitive global economy. He noted ACM's launch of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) with its partners in December 2009, to help high school students, teachers, and parents better learn about the many careers enabled by studying computer science.  CSEdWeek also raises 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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