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Local University Students Named Among World’s Best Coders

Students from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science have been named among the world’s best coders, according to an American tech outfit.

HackerRank, a Palto Alto-based technology firm which focuses on competitive programming for both customers and businesses, hosted the University Rankings Competition in order to determine which universities have the best coders. Over 5,500 students from 126 schools from around the world participated in solving coding challenges at the competition.

Students from Russia’s ITMO University came out on top, earning the title of world’s best coders, followed by China’s Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Middle School in second and the HCMC University of Science in third, according to the firm’s website. The United States’ University of California at Berkeley came fourth, while Canada’s University of Waterloo came fifth. Meanwhile, Indian schools claimed 22 of the top 50 spots.

HackerRank evaluated universities based on both the number of participants in the competition and their high scores. The results were published on the company website on December 7, ranking only colleges and universities from which at least 10 students participated.

“We found that Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh university has talented coders, but they didn’t rank high in US News & World report,” HackerRank’s Ritika Trikha writes, pointing out that the university and many of its counterparts around the globe are not listed on traditional rankings like those by US News & World Report.

Vietnam’s 15-year-olds also recently outperformed their counterparts in the United States and many European countries in science and math, according to the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment.

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