The Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) of the University of Macau (UM) and the Faculty of Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) recently jointly held the 2022/2023 International Collegiate Programming Contest (Asia Hong Kong Regional). The event attracted nearly 400 students and professors from more than 120 well-known universities, who joined the competition either online or in-person to compete with each with programming skills.
This competition is known as one of the world’s most influential undergraduate programming competition. Participants were came from different well-known universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Beihang University, Sun Yat-sen University, Southern University of Science and Technology, CUHK, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and UM. UM has 3 teams from the Department of Computer and Information Science. In addition, to promote computer programming among secondary school students, UM invited 8 teams from secondary schools in Macao to experience the contest, including Pui Ching Middle School (Macau), The Workers’ Children High School, Hou Kong Middle School and Choi Nong Chi Tai School.
In the competition, each team was composed of up to three students, who had to solve 12 practical problems requiring the knowledge and skills of mathematical analysis, data structure, algorithm design and code writing within five hours. After solving a problem, the team would submit the answer to an online evaluation system. The team which solved the most problems in the shortest cumulative time would win the championship and would be qualified to enter the world finals. A team from Shanghai Jiaotong University won the championship, and teams from Xi’an Jiaotong University and Tsinghua University won the second prize and the third prize, respectively.
Since 1970, the International Collegiate Programming Contest has served as a platform for programming competitions. The contest not only tests students’ ability to write programmes as well as analyse and solve problems, but also focuses on cultivating students’ creativity, logical thinking skills, team spirit, and ability to withstand pressure. As of today, over 50,000 students from more than 3,000 universities around the world have joined the contest and it has become one of the most well-known college programming competition in the world.