Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam have grabbed six medals at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad (APIO 2016) which was hosted by the Republic of Korea on May 7-8.

The Ministry of Education and Training revealed on May 16, that six out of 15 Vietnamese students attending the competition this year have picked up one gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

They are 11th and 12th graders from gifted schools in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Phuc and Thua Thien-Hue.

The gold medal has gone to Phan Duc Nhat Minh, an 11th grader from the High School for Gifted Students, Hanoi University of Science (HUS), Vietnam National University in Hanoi who scored 226 out of 300 in the contest.

He is among 14 contestants from six countries awarded gold medals this year.

With the results, Vietnam ranked fifth out of 30 nations after Japan, China, Iran, and the Republic of Korea.

The APIO is an online contest for Asian and Western Pacific Region with its tasks basically similar to those in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) which focuses on the design of efficient, correct algorithms.

The contest is held online with students competing at contest sites within their own country or area.

It was first organised by the Australian IOI team in 2007.-VNA