Bulgarian students at Oxford University, Viktor Kozhuharov and Radostin Chonev, along with their teammate Haris Lang from Hong Kong, won a historic gold medal at the prestigious International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), whose 46th edition took place from April 14 to 19 in Luxor, Egypt.

These are the first gold medals ever won by Bulgarians in the annual competition for students, also known as the ‘Olympic Games’ in the field of programming.

For Oxford, this achievement is the highest ever since the inception of the Olympiad in 1970. Historically, this is the first gold medal for an English university in a student programming competition.

The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious competition in the world, attracting over 300,000 computer science students. The best among them pass through regional qualifications to reach the world finals, where teams of three students compete to solve 11 complex algorithmic problems within five hours.

The competitors work together on a single computer. The teams that solve the most problems with the fewest attempts and in the shortest time are declared the winners. Only the top 12 teams receive medals, with 4 being gold, 4 silver, and 4 bronze.

Over the past year, more than 40,000 collegians from 111 countries and 3450 universities worldwide participated in the regional contests. 124 teams from six continents qualified for the finals in Egypt.


ICPC team Oxford

The gold medal won by Viktor, Radostin, and Haris from Oxford University placed the team in an exceptional first place in Europe for 2023.

The success once again proved the leading position of the institution among European universities in the field of computer science, as well as the strong foundation of competitive programming education in our country.


ICPC team Oxford


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