Serbian students win host of medals at knowledge Olympiads


Young Serbian physics and mathematics students have achieved great success at international knowledge Olympiads held in Indonesia and Brazil.

The students, sponsored by the oil company NIS, won five medals – one gold and four silvers – at the 48th International Physics Olympiad in Indonesia.

Dusan Djordjevic from Belgrade’s Mathematical Grammar School took the gold; the silver medals went to Marko Susnjar and Vuk Radovic, who attend the same school, and Novak and Bogdan Stanojevic, students of the Grammar School “Svetozar Markovic” in the town of Nis, southern Serbia.

The team was led by professors and members of the Serbian Physics Society – Bozidar Nikolic from the Faculty of Physics in Belgrade and Veljko Jankovic from the Institute of Physics in Zemun.

This was the fifth gold medal and the best result that young Serbian competitors have achieved so far in international competitions for high school students.

A team of students from the Mathematical Grammar School in Belgrade also achieved great success at the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when they won four silver and two bronze medals. Silver medals were won by Marko Medvedev, Ognjen Tosic, Aleksa Milojevic and Pavle Martinovic, while the bronzes went to Jelena Ivancic and Igor Medvedev. Mentors and team leaders were Dr. Bojan Basic and Dusan Djukic, MSc.

Earlier in the month, young chemistry students from Serbia won four medals – one silver and three bronzes – at the International Chemistry Olympiad held in Thailand. Belgrade Mathematical Grammar School’s Damjan Cubrakovic won the silver medal, while the three bronze medals went to Andrej Kukuruzar from the Grammar School “Veljko Petrovic” in Sombor, Andrej Kovacevic from the Uzice Grammar School, and Anamarija Nikoletic from the Mathematical Grammar School in Belgrade.

This team’s mentors and leaders were professors Dusan Sladic and Niko Radulovic.
NIS has been sponsoring knowledge Olympiads for five years now through its “Energy of Knowledge” program, with winners of national science competitions sent to represent Serbia internationally.

The company says its program is aimed at promoting young and talented students from across Serbia, helping develop science and education in the country, and in that way invest in the future.