The 46th annual International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) opened in Hanoi on July 21 with 291 high school students from 77 countries and territories worldwide taking part.

Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan, in his opening speech, assured contestants the best conditions to show off their talents.

Chairman of the IChO’s Steering Committee Peter Wothers hailed Vietnam’s achievements of chemical studies, citing high rankings in the 1996 competition that the country joined for the first time.

Foreign delegates will also have a chance to tour capital attractions and Ha Long Bay.

On July 23, contestants will sit for a five-hour practice test.

At the 45th ICHO held in Russia from July 15-23, 2013, all four students of the Vietnamese team won medals - one gold and three silvers./.