Young Indonesians shine in int’l physics Olympiad

An Indonesian student has taken home the gold medal at the 42nd International Physics Olympiad that concluded Monday in Bangkok.

Erwin Wibowo, a student of BPK Penabur Gading Serpong Christian High School in Banten took the gold, while the remaining Indonesian Physics Olympiad Team contestants won silver and three bronze medals in the eight-day competition.

“All students sent [to the competition] succeeded in gaining medals,” the National Education Ministry said in a press statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Kevin Ardian Fauzie from Santa Maria High School in Pekanbaru grabbed the silver medal, while Farhan Nuh Kholid and Luqman Fathurochim from Sragen Bilingual Boarding High School in the East Java town of Sragen, and Imam Agung Raharja from Pribadi High School in Depok, West Java, each came away with bronze.

The team arrived back at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport late Monday and was welcomed by the ministry director for middle school development Totok Suprayitno.

Totok said the government would grant up to a doctoral degree scholarship for the gold medal winner, up to a master’s degree scholarship for the silver medal winner, and undergraduate scholarships for the bronze medal winners.

A total of 393 students from 84 countries took part in contest.

This is not the first time Indonesian students have shone in an international physics Olympiad. Previously in May, Evan Laksono from IPEKA senior high school in Tomang, Jakarta, also clinched a gold medal at the Asian Physics Olympiad in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In the 21st International Biology Olympiad in Changwon, South Korea, last year in July, Indonesian students won two gold and two bronze medals. In the 41st International Physics Olympiad in Zagreb, Croatia, in the same month, Indonesian students hauled in four gold and a silver medal.

Indonesia also hosted the Indonesia International Mathematics Competitions (IIMC) 2011 in Bali, officiated on Tuesday by National Education Minister Muhammad Nuh.

A total of 627 students from 28 countries are taking part in the six day event. Indonesia is sending the largest number of participants: 40 elementary school students, who are divided into 10 teams, and 45 junior high school students, divided into 11 teams.

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