Sunday, 9 August 2023 saw the conclusion of the 30th International Mathematics Competition for University Students, which fully returned to the in-person mode after a three-year-long pandemic-related break. Nearly 400 young mathematicians from all over the world competed in the Bulgarian town of Blagoevgrad.
The team from the Jagiellonian University, consisting of Kosma Kasprzak, Vadym Koval and Łukasz Orski, took second place in the competition, outperforming a number of strong rivals, including teams from Tel Aviv, Bonn, Ljubljana, Barcelona, Warsaw, Leuven, Teheran, Zagreb, Prague, Göttingen, Bremen, Madrid, Singapore, Coventry, Yerevan, Utrecht, Lausanne, Paris, Paphos, and Budapest. The first place was taken by a team from St Petersburg. This year’s result of the JU participants can only be described as outstanding. It is comparable to the one achieved last year, which was best in a decade.
The participants’ task was to solve 10 mathematical problems in 2 days. Compared to the last year, the problems were more difficult and encompassed a broader range of mathematical issues. In terms of individual results, JU students Kosma Kasprzak and Łukasz Orski won the grand first prize, for taking 9-12th and 13-14th place, respectively, whereas Vadym Koval won the first prize having occupied 21-25th place. Two other JU students who competed individually, Daniil Yurshevich and Dmitriy Gorovoy, were awarded the second prize (for 118-123th place), and the third prize (for 181-189th place), respectively. The individual tournament was decisively won by Maksim Turevskii from St. Petersburg.
The Jagiellonian University team was supervised by Dr Jakub Byszewski and Dr Leszek Pieniążek from the JU Institute of Mathematics, whereas the participation costs were jointly covered by the JU Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science and Huawei company.
The competition also featured teams from three other Polish higher educations institutions: the University of Warsaw (who took the 7th place), the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (88th place), and the University of Silesia (90th place).
The full results of the competition are available on its official website.