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Saudi Arabia Wins Silver in Asian, Pacific Informatics Olympiad

Saudi Arabia, represented by the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity “Mawhiba” and the Ministry of Education, won a silver medal in the 2024 APIO Asian and Pacific Informatics Olympiad. The competition, organized by the People’s Republic of China remotely, included 286 students from 36 countries and took place from May 18 to 19.

Student Achievements

Adeeb Salem Al-Shehri, a third year of secondary student from the Eastern Province Education Department, achieved the silver medal. It is the first silver medal for the Saudi Informatics team in this competition. He had previously achieved 3 bronze medals in previous participations.

Al-Shehri underwent 2,168 hours of training in “Mawhiba” by a group of elite Saudi and foreign experts before participating in the Asia-Pacific Olympiad in Informatics.

This is the fourth participation of the Saudi Informatics Team in the Asia-Pacific Olympics. Moreover, Saudi Arabia raised its tally of Olympic awards to 5 awards.

Dr. Amal Al-Hazza, Secretary-General of Mawhiba, congratulated the Saudi Informatics Team for winning their first silver medal in the Asian and Pacific Informatics Olympiad. She noted the government’s efforts to anticipate global changes and skills in advance. Furthermore, this makes the Kingdom a destination and talent forum from around the world.

She stated that “Mawhiba” is working to develop the skills of talented Saudis in informatics and programming, opening doors for them to become future leaders in this field. This positions the Kingdom as a global source of inspiration, given their creativity and innovation. She pointed out that the Saudi team was prepared to match the Kingdom’s status.

The competition was held remotely starting in 2007, with the Kingdom’s first participation in 2021. During it, students solve three algorithmic programming tasks in C++ within five hours.

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