Deputy PM Birchall urges participants in International Mathematical Olympiad to “be the change”. Team USA ranks first, Romania ranks 33rd


Deputy Prime Minister Ana Birchall on Friday told the participants in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Cluj-Napoca that the participation in this contest is an eloquent testimony of their intellectual capacity and of all the future opportunities open to them.

According to a Government’s release, at the closing ceremony of the 59th edition of the Olympiad, Ana Birchall transmitted the students the congratulations of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.

“I do not think we can talk about defeated and winners. At this level, with strong teams of pupils from each participating country, the differences are very small. (…) In fact, each of you is a winner and you must be proud of this! Congratulations to Romania’s team and its leader, Professor Catalin Gherghe. Congratulations to all the winners and honor to all the participants!” said Ana Birchall.

“I urge you to be the change not just to witness it!” Ana Birchall told the pupils.

She also showed that the young Olympiad pupils are those who, through talent, genius and work, can contribute to the progress of our societies.

She assured the Olympiad pupils present in Cluj-Napoca that they always have “an open invitation to return to Romania”, while expressing the wish that at least some of them will opt for a career in politics or diplomacy in the future.

According to the Executive, the International Mathematical Olympiad is the most prestigious contest for pupils in the field of exact sciences. It takes place annually, the first edition having been hosted by Romania in 1959.

The US team ranked first at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Cluj-Napoca and Romania ranked 33rd.