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China, Russia Claim Top Honors in ACM Collegiate Programming Contest

Four teams from China and five from Russia dominated the top ten rankings of the 2010 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC). Shanghai Jiaotong University took first place followed by Moscow State University. Third place went to National Taiwan University, and Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University finished fourth. The only non-Chinese or non-Russian team in the top ten was the University of Warsaw in eighth place.

This international competition, now in its 34th year is regarded as the premiere programming competition in the world. Financial and systems support for the competition is provided by IBM. The contest took place in Harbin, China with 103 teams competing in the final round. Earlier rounds of the competition included 22,000 contestants representing 1,931 universities from 82 countries. The top four teams won Gold medals as well as employment or internship offers from IBM. Full results are available here.

ACM President Professor Dame Wendy Hall pointed to the importance of computer science education in the competitive global economy. She noted ACM's efforts to help high school students, teachers, and parents better understand the kinds of careers enabled by studying computer science. For example, ACM launched Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) in December 2009 to raise awareness of the transformative role of computing and the need to bolster computer science at all educational levels.

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