A recent competition called HackerRank to determine the universities that produce the world's best computer programmers drew participation from more than 5,500 students from 126 schools. The best universities were ranked according to both high scores and the number of participants.
By those rankings, the three best coders in the world come from the Russian ITMO University, China's Sun Yat-sen Memorial Middle School, and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science in Vietnam. In fourth place was the University of California, Berkeley, the leading college for coders in the U.S.
Despite their success in HackerRank, neither the Russian nor the Vietnamese universities ranked high in the traditional U.S. News & World Report tally.
Sun Yat-sen Memorial student Wentao Weng, who scored 13th place at HackerRank, says he first began learning to code at age 11. He notes the subject is well-supported and high school students are encouraged to learn it "to [get admission] into a good university."
Eight U.S. universities made the top 50 coding schools worldwide, including a few that do not normally score high on academic rankings.
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