Saudi Arabia took bronze at the 34th International Informatics Olympiad 2022, which was held in Indonesia from August 7 to 15.
The student, Abdulaziz Al-Shibli, from the Department of Education in Riyadh, won the bronze medal among 349 students from 89 countries, capping off a training trip that included 2436 hours of training, bringing the Kingdom’s score in its fourth participation in the competition to three bronze medals.
The Kingdom was represented in the International Informatics Olympiad by a team of four students: Abdulaziz Al-Shibli from the Riyadh Education Department’s third grade, Al-Muthanna Al-Zahrani from the Riyadh Education Department’s third grade, Adeeb Al-Shehri from the Eastern Province Education Department’s first secondary grade, and Abdul Mohsen Saleh from the Department of Education’s third year.
Dr. Amal Al-Haza’a, Acting Secretary-General of the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity “Mawhiba,” emphasized the importance of informatics in today’s world, where technological development based on informatics and artificial intelligence is accelerating, citing the International Olympiad as a catalyst for the optimal use of advanced technologies in informatics.
Informatics encourage skilled Saudis and Arabs to satisfy their communities’ demands in this essential subject, while also identifying and cultivating the innovative and distinctive.
“The Ministry of Education and Mawhiba are eager to qualify the Saudi team to participate and compete in the Olympics.
It aims also to work with Saudi and international specialists to develop their ideas and knowledge, and to raise them from local excellence to international brilliance,” Al-Haza’a added.
The Kingdom’s participation in the International Informatics Olympiad and other international competitions is the result of a strategic partnership between the Ministry of Education and “Mawhiba” that has lasted more than two decades to discover, nurture, and empower talented people. It also represents a leading model for cooperation between government and non-profit institutions to achieve global achievements.
It is also a part of the Mawhiba program for the International Olympiad, which is operated in partnership with the Ministry of Education and supported by King Abdullah, King Saud, Princess Noura, and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu universities. The initiative seeks to identify and develop talented children’s talents, as well as to empower and invest in them in collaboration with local and international partners.
It is worth noting that the International Olympiad in Informatics is the world’s largest and most prestigious yearly international competition in informatics.