11 August 2019
Egypt Wins Silver at IOI 2019

Egyptian student Mohamed Ehab has won the silver medal at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) 2019, held on August 4-11, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), has participated in the IOI 2019.

The Egyptian student was one of 327 contestants representing 88 countries. The total number of medals won by the Egyptian teams in IOI since Egypt's first participation in 2001 is 19 medals, five silver and 14 bronzes.

The Egyptian team, every year, is selected and trained under MCIT supervision, in collaboration with the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT). MCIT fully supports the team, covering training and travel expenses for all the team members.

MCIT, in cooperation with AASTMT, organizes the Egyptian Olympiad in Informatics (EOI) for school students, with around 1500 applicants. The number of 300 students receive a training grant on programming basics, and the best 100 students are selected to attend EOI. The number of 20 contestants are then chosen to join an advanced training course, then only four students are selected as the participating Egyptian team in IOI.

The Egyptian team was prepared this year through continuous training in addition to three intensive training camps.

Egypt has been taking part in IOI since 2001, won first medal in 2005 and hosted the competition in 2008. Over the past years, Egypt has become a strong competitor in IOI and received several silver and bronze medals, which facilitated the provision of job opportunities for participants in the world's leading IT companies.

MCIT has always been keen on supporting and sponsoring Egypt’s participation in IOI. Those medals reflect the fruitful outcome of MCIT strategy for encouraging the use of information technology among youth through specialized contests in informatics.

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