Two Indonesian Students Attain Medals in Russia

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Two Indonesian students each won gold and silver medals and five other students received honors in the Asian Physics Olympiad. This demonstrates the great science potential of Indonesia’s young generation and must be explored for the betterment of the nation.

The 18th Asia Physics Olympiad (APHO) was held in the Russian city of Yakutsk on 1-9 May. The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, one of Russia’s leading universities, became the organizer. The event was followed by 23 countries.

The gold medalist is Gerry Windiarto Mohamad Dunda from SMA MH Thamrin Jakarta. The silver medal was won by Ferris Prima Nugraha from SMAK Penabur Gading Serpong. The honorary recipients are Faizal Husmi (SMA Kharisma Bangsa Tangerang Selatan), Andrew Wijaya (SMA St Angela Bandung), Johanes Suhardjo (SMAK Frateran Surabaya), Bonfilio Nainggolan (SMAN 8 Jakarta), and Irfan Zaky Harlen (SMAN 8 Jakarta).

APHO Secretary General Hendra Kwee said, Monday (8/5), the young generation of Indonesia has great science potential. The problem is, studying science at a certain stage requires complete educational facilities and infrastructure. Therefore, he said, it takes the cooperation of central government, regional administrations, private sector, and non-governmental organizations in ensuring equitable education in order for quality education to be enjoyed by all Indonesian children.

Meanwhile, about 15,000 high school students are competing in the provincial level Science Olympiad which takes place from 8-10 May in their respective provinces. Furthermore, the winning participants will compete at the National Science Olympiad 2017 in Pekanbaru, Riau on 2 – 8 July.

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