Taipei, Aug. 6 (CNA) A Taiwanese delegation has won seven gold medals at a just-concluded international mathematics competition in South Africa, a local math education foundation announced Tuesday.
The delegation of 28 elementary and junior high school students has won three gold medals, nine silvers, five bronzes and nine honorable mentions in the individual competition of the 20th International Mathematics Competition (IMC), held Aug. 1-6, according to Chiu Chang Mathematics Education Foundation.
The delegation won another two gold medals, four silvers and one bronze in the IMC team competition. It also clinched two gold medals and one silver in the group contest, according to the foundation.
The Taiwanese students were competing against more than 500 contestants from 28 countries in the competition, held this year in Durban.
The IMC was formed in 2008, when the International World Youth Mathematics Competition, founded by Taiwan's National Kaohsiung Normal University in 1999, and the Elementary Mathematics International Competition, founded by Thailand's Ministry of Education, was combined and renamed.
The objective of the competition is to "create an academic atmosphere to motivate teachers and students to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics, with emphasis on developing higher-order thinking skills," according to its organizer.