site.btaINSAIT Chair Donates BGN 40,000 for Informatics Olympiad National Team Training
Prof. Martin Vechev, who chairs the Supervisory Board of the Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology (INSAIT), has donated BGN 40,000 for the preparation of the national team for Informatics Olympiads. The personal donation will make it possible to hold the national training camp in competitive informatics in 2023, said INSAIT.
These camps are an important element in the development of Bulgarian talent in the field of informatics.
The International Olympiad Informatics has established itself as the most prestigious competition for students in the world of informatics. It was first held on Bulgaria's initiative, in the northern town of Pravets in 1989, and attracted participants from 13 countries. Today, the number of participating countries is 88 and Bulgaria ranks fifth in the all-time medal count.
"The Bulgarian school for International Olympiads encourages in students an interest in the fundamental sciences of mathematics and informatics. INSAIT's ambition is to attract and develop talent with such potential. Take one example: Hristo Venev, the most successful Bulgarian Olympian and second in the all-time ranking of the International Olympiad in Informatics, has graduated from Oxford with honours and is now a PhD student at INSAIT. I think it is important for Bulgaria to develop, build on and support this school," said Prof. Martin Vechev.
INSAIT is the first institute in Eastern Europe to offer world-class working conditions, matching those of leading Western universities and institutes. The institute is structured as a special unit of the St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. It was established in partnership with ETH Zurich and EPFL in Switzerland, which are two of the world's best technological universities. Leading scientists from top American, European and Israeli universities, and research laboratories guide and advise the institute. INSAIT's primary focus is on conducting world-class research, attracting international scientists with outstanding achievements, and training the next generation of students and technology leaders.