A student team from the University of Macau (UM) received second prize at the 2020 Contemporary Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling of China (CUMCM). This is the seventh consecutive year that UM has received prizes at this contest. This year’s contest attracted 45,680 teams from different countries, including 4 teams from Macao.
The UM team was comprised of three students GAO Houpu, TIAN Yuan and YAN Jia, led by Associate Professor LIU Zhi from the Department of Mathematics.
Organized by the China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the CUMCM is a national contest in the field of mathematical modelling. It is also the largest mathematical modelling contest in the world. This year’s contest attracted more than 130,000 students in 45,680 teams from 33 provinces, cities, and autonomous regions of China, as well as from other countries, such as USA, England and Malaysia. Only about 4% of the teams received first or second prizes.
Department of Mathematics has made efforts to improve the students’ skill of mathematical modelling and data analysis. The department established a committee of mathematical modeling consisting of three professors to provides consultancy and support to the students around the university; in addition, a sub-organization of UM Student Union entitled Mathematical and Interdisciplinary Modeling Association is formed and another one entitled R-Club is under preparation. In recent years, in addition to the CUMCM, UM students have also received prizes at some other modeling contests, from Macau, United States and China, which shows that the training provided by department is very effective.