Portuguese Math Olympics

The Portuguese Math Olympics (PMO), organized annually by the Portuguese Society of Mathematics, are a contest of Mathematics problems, which aims to encourage and develop the taste for Mathematics, directed to students in the 2nd and 3rd cycles of basic Portuguese education and those who attend secondary level.

This initiative, sponsored by NOVO BANCO since 2006, was the reason for awarding the "Gulbenkian Prize" to the Portuguese Society of Mathematics (SPM). According to the jury of the award, the reason of this distinction is the promotion of a "educational initiative of reference and great national impact, which for more than three decades promotes the aims of mathematics as a subject to be liked”

The problems proposed in this contest mainly appeal to the quality of reasoning, creativity and imagination of students. One of the objectives of the competition is the early detection of scientific vocations and, in particular, for mathematics. It is gratifying that many of the winners of previous editions of the OPM have embarked on scientific careers that promise to be quite successful.

NOVO BANCO, whose objectives are aligned to those of the PMO, has included this initiative in its Financial Literacy Programme and become its sponsor.

Rui Zhu Wang is the first student to collect seven medals at the Portuguese Mathematics Olympics

Rui Zhu Wang is the first student to win seven medals at the Portuguese Mathematics Olympics (OPM), one for each year of participation. In the competition since 2014, this student from Tomás Cabreira Secondary School in Faro, won four gold medals, two silver and one bronze. Rui Zhu Wang, who is now entering higher education, won a silver medal in this edition. Also Sophia Zhu Wang, Rui's sister, won a bronze medal in the Junior Category (6th and 7th years).

The closing ceremony of the 38th Portuguese Mathematical Olympiad took place on October 3rd online, through the Zoom platform. The competitions finals took place on September 12th, with only one race, instead of the usual two, and for the first time in five different locations, in order to avoid crowds. The University of Porto, the University of Coimbra, the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, the University of the Algarve and the University of Madeira received the 90 students, selected in the first two qualifiers.

The Portuguese Mathematics Olympics are organized by the Portuguese Mathematical Society in partnership with the Mathematics Department of the University of Coimbra, and are supported by the Ministry of Education, NOVO BANCO, Ciência Viva, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Texas Instruments and Happy Code.