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The 2008 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) has become a triumph of Russian university students. The Russian teams won the world championship, two gold medals, a silver and two bronze—five out of twelve medals in the ICPC 2008 World Finals held in Banff, Alberta, Canada, April 6-10, 2008.
The St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics & Optics won their second world championship. The other Russian medal winners this year were the Izhevsk State Technical University (gold), Moscow State University (silver), the Petrozavodsk State University (bronze) and St. Petersburg State University (bronze).
From 6,700 teams representing 1,821 universities in 83 countries competing at 213 sites from September to December 2007 worldwide, one hundred teams advanced to the World Finals of the most prestigious programming contest in the world. These teams were brought together to solve eight to ten highly complex computer programming problems designed to test students' knowledge, programming talents and insight.
“We are proud of our brilliant IT students,” said Alexis Sukharev, Auriga President and founder. “And we, at Auriga, are honored to have co-sponsored, under the auspices of RUSSOFT, the Russian teams in the ICPC 2008 World Finals. This contest is known as the Battle of the Brains, and this year Russian university students have proven again that they are the best among the world’s brightest problem-solvers.”
In 2007, the Russian teams won five out of twelve medals in the ICPC World Finals. In 2000-2006, Russia became the world champion four times, and it came twice as No.2 and No.3 in the world.