UOW home to highly skilled programmers

A team of high achieving computer science students recently won first place in the local division of the International Collegiate Programming Contest – the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

The contest is an algorithmic programming contest for university students, with teams of three working to solve real-world problems, while fostering collaboration, creativity, innovation, and the ability to perform under pressure.

Team Semicolon

The local division pits teams from¬† NSW, QLD, ACT and NT against each other, with UOW’s Semicolon beating strong competition from UNSW and University of Sydney to take home first place.

Following their success, the team moved into the South Pacific Regional Final, where they competed against teams from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and won third place.

Semicolon includes Duc Thien Bui, Anh Minh Le and Minh Quang Nguyen, all originally from Vietnam. The students said they choose UOW’s computer science degree because of its strong reputation and ranking in the top 250 universities in the world for Computer Science, according to the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. All three students were awarded scholarships for high achievers.

The team were coached by Dr. Dung Duong, a lecturer in the School of Computing and IT.