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MOSCOW, May 23. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated the St. Petersburg State University team on their victory in the Association for Computing Machinery-International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) World Finals 2016. The prime minister’s congratulatory telegram is posted on the Russian government website on Monday.
"I am happy to congratulate you on your brilliant victory in the student programming world championship, which has ended in Thailand. You have confidently and in the shortest time possible coped with the most difficult tasks, showed your deep mathematical knowledge, high level of training, as well as perseverance and fortitude," the telegram says.
The prime minister said that the team’s success "is not only a bright page in the history of this prestigious competition, but also a serious claim for the future."
"We will more than once yet hear about the bright triumphs of students of my native St. Petersburg State University", Medvedev said, expressing confidence that the winners will move beyond.
The team of St. Petersburg State University won the first place in the ACM-ICPC World Finals that took place on the Phuket Island, Thailand in May. The student programming contest involved 128 teams.
The ICPC contest the world’s most prestigious intellectual contest of young programmers. The competition is held under the auspices of the Association for Computing Machinery with the support of IBM. Every year, the competition involves tens of thousands of university students from around the world - the most talented young programmers, winners of international Olympiads and competitions - a total of 10,000 teams from 40 countries. The first team programming contest sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery was held at the University of Texas in 1970. The championship acquired its current format in 1977, when the contest finals were held within the framework of the ACM Annual Computer Science Conference.