In many respects, Moscow is one of the world leaders in terms of quality of education. According to the research conducted by the Bain & Company global management consulting firm, Moscow ranks first in the world in terms of accessibility of education, eighth in terms of the level of knowledge, fourth in terms of the children’s achievements at international olympiads.
This year, Moscow school teenagers showed a highly successful performance at olympiads. As of today, Moscow school students have won a total of nine gold and four silver medals for the Russian national team. Only once, in 2016, have the young Muscovites won so many golds. But the year is not over just yet. The young people have three more olympiads ahead of them, and, therefore, a chance to set a new record.
Maths: two golds won at the oldest olympiad of them all
High school teenagers showed excellent results in maths, biology, chemistry, physics and geography olympiads. 11th form pupils from School No. 1329 Yegor Ryabov and Artur Gerasimenko won gold medals at the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad held at Cluj-Napoca, Romania. By the way, Artur Gerasimenko, who is a three-time winner of the Russian National Maths Olympiad, is now a student of the Faculty of Mathematics at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics.
Biology: two golds, one silver
Azat Garayev, a high-school student at the Lomonosov Moscow State University’s Advanced Educational Scientific Center, or Kolmogorov’s boarding school, and Artyom Pustovid, a student of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Gymnasium, won the gold medal at the 29th International Biology Olympiad held in Tehran. Irina Yarutich, a pupil at School No. 1576, won the silver medal. Muscovites competed with representatives from 70 countries.
Chemistry: one gold, one silver
One more student from Kolmogorov’s boarding school of Moscow State University, Alexei Konoplyov, has recently won the gold medal at the 50th International Chemistry Olympiad held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He showed the best results in two rounds: the experimental laboratory round and the written theory round, each of them lasting for five hours. One more Moscow school pupil, Daniil Bardonov from School No. 179, won the silver medal. A total of 300 school students from 76 countries participated in this olympiad.
Physics: three golds, one silver
At the International Physics Olympiad in Lisbon Muscovites won three golds. Gold medals were won by high school pupils from School No. 1589 Grigory Bobkov and Stanislav Tsapayev, and the pupil from School No. 192 Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, while the silver was won by Alexei Shishkin, another pupil from School No. 1589.
Geography: one gold, one silver
The 25th International Geography Olympiad was recently held in Quebec, Canada. There, graduate of School No. 853 Alen Kospanov was recognised as the best geography connoisseur among school children. This is not the first award of this kind for Alen: he had already won a silver medal at a previous similar olympiad, while in early July, 2018, he won the gold medal at the Baltic Olympiad in Geography. This year, Alen got into Moscow State University’s geography department. He is planning to study global climate change.
Another young person, Olga Bogdanova from School No. 1454 “Timiryazevskaya” won a silver medal for the Russian team during the 25th International Geography Olympiad.
The Moscow Government encourages every prizewinner. Gold medal winners get one million roubles each, while silver and bronze medal winners get 500,000 and 250,000 roubles, respectively.
The best is yet to come
There are three more international intellectual tournaments ahead for Moscow school children. In early September, the city of Tsukuba, Japan, will host the International Olympiad in Informatics, while in November, the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics will be held in Beijing. In December, the city of Gaborone, Botswana, will host the International Junior Science Olympiad. Moscow school children have every chance to become prizewinners in these tournaments.
Moscow is gradually becoming an arena for international intellectual competitions as well. From 2 to 7 September, it will host the 3rd Moscow School Olympiad of World Megacities and Capitals, also known as the Olympiad of Megalopolises. This year, it will bring together participants from all over the world – school teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 – to test experts in maths, informatics, physics and chemistry.
Despite being held for the third time ever, the Moscow School Olympiad of World Megacities and Capitals has already become popular. In 2016, it welcomed representatives from 22 megalopolises, while in 2017, a total of 36 cities and 26 countries took part in the olympiad. This year, the list of traditional participants will also include representatives from Ankara, Madrid, Frankfurt and Ulaanbaatar.