(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi Arabia yesterday honored its 41 young students and innovators for their world and Arab record in the Global Olympiads in mathematics, physics and innovation that took place in four different countries this year. The students won gold medals in innovation and mathematics and received bronze in physics.
Saudi Arabia has overtaken many advanced countries in Europe and Asia with this landmark achievement and brought laurels to the Arabs, who were once recognized for their contribution to algebra, astronomy and chemistry during the golden era of Islam.
The King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for the Gifted and Creativity, or "Mawhiba", organized the high-profile event along with the Ministry of Education (MoE).
The Kingdom topped the seven Arab participating countries in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF -2012) held on May 13-18 in Pittsburgh. Saudia Arabia obtained about 60 percent of the awards won by Arab countries in this competition.
Intel ISEF, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world's largest international pre-college science competition and the premier global science competition for students in grades 9 to 12.
Each year it enables more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions and territories to display their independent research and compete for over 3 million (SR 11.3 million) in awards.
Saudi students also have achieved their sixth straight win at the International Inventions, Innovations and Technology Exhibition (ITEX " 2012), that took place on May 17-19 in Malaysia, among 1,500 students from 65 countries, winning five prizes.
ITEX is an international platform for local and international inventors and research scientists to present their inventions and innovations before a business community keen on commercializing unique inventions. The Kingdom was ranked 29th in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), which was held in Argentina on July 4-16, with the participation of students from 101 countries, where five students from Saudi Arabia obtained five medals, two silver and three bronze.
It also won a bronze medal and three certificates of appreciation in the International Physics Olympiads (IPHO), which was held in Estonia on July 15-24.
Deputy Minister of Education and Secretary-General of Mawhiba Khalid Al-Sabti congratulated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, and his deputy, Prince Salman, as well as the nation on this achievement.
He said the student achievers and their parents as well as their schools, teachers and supervisors had made an outstanding achievement for the sixth consecutive year.
Al-Sabti added: "We celebrate national creative models, characterized not only at the national level, but characterized globally, and have confirmed the ability of Saudi Arabian students to compete globally and achieve advanced positions in science, knowledge and creativity. "This distinctive Saudi achievement is a product of work and effort, cooperation and effective partnership between Mawhiba and the Ministry of Education in addition to the National Olympiad for Science Innovation (creativity), which is a determining factor in achieving more awards."
Al-Sabti added: "Creativity, talent and innovation are important tools in dealing with developments and the new international trend toward knowledge-based economy is the key to any comparative advantage toward inclusive growth and sustainable development." He stressed that this shows the importance of the Kingdom investing in the development of intellectual capital. This, he explained, will make students eligible to participate in the Kingdom's progress toward a knowledge-based economy capable of competing globally.
The president of the Saudi delegation in the exhibition, Ahmed Al-Balushi, said that the Saudi achievement provides an opportunity for talented Saudi students to meet their counterparts from across the world.