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Chinese, Russian Universities Claim Top Spots in ACM Programming Competition

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Three Chinese teams and four Russian teams dominated the top ten rankings of the 2010 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Shanghai Jiaotong University took first place followed by Moscow State University in second place. National Taiwan University placed third. In fourth place was Ukraine's Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University. Petrozavodsk State University finished in fifth place. The remaining top slots were won by Tsinghua University, Saratove State University, Poland's University of Warsaw, St. Petersburg State University, and Zhongshan (Sun Yat-sen) University in tenth place.

This international competition, now in its 34th year, has been run by ACM since the mid-1970s as the premiere programming competition. Financial and systems support for the competition is provided by IBM. The contest took place in Harbin, China with 103 teams competing in the final round. Earlier rounds of the competition included 22,000 contestants representing 1,931 universities from 82 countries. The top four teams won Gold medals as well as employment or internship offers from IBM. Full results are available at the ACM ICPC Web site.

ACM President Professor Dame Wendy Hall cited the global nature of the ICPC event as an outstanding example of ACM's recent initiatives to extend its high-quality technical activities, conferences, and services for the computing profession, and to recognize computing achievement in international arenas. "This competition helps to illuminate the role of computing in driving innovation in a global environment, and to recognize achievements in these regions," she said. "By strengthening ACM's ties in multiple regions throughout the world and raising awareness of its many benefits and resources with the public and in-country decision-makers, we can play an active role in the critical technical, educational, and social issues that surround the computing community."

As part of its initiative to focus on international activities, ACM introduced the ACM Europe Council, a new effort to recognize and support European members and ACM activities in Europe in October 2009. In January 2010, ACM announced the launch of the ACM India Council aimed at Indian ACM members and activities. An ACM China Council with representation from leaders throughout this region is expected to be introduced in the near future.



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