International Mathematics Competition for University Students

The International Mathematics Competition for University Students (IMC) is an annual mathematics competition open to all undergraduate students of mathematics.[1] Participating students are expected to be at most twenty three years of age at the time of the IMC. The IMC is primarily a competition for individuals, although most participating universities select and send one or more teams of students. The working language is English.

The IMC is a residential competition and all student participants are required to stay in the accommodation provided by the organisers. It aims to provide a friendly, comfortable and secure environment for university mathematics students to enjoy mathematics with their peers from all around the world, to broaden their world perspective and to be inspired to set mathematical goals for themselves that might not have been previously imaginable or thought possible. Most notably, in 2018 a mathematician who participated in the 7th IMC [2] held at University College London in 2000 received mathematics' most prestigious award, the Fields Medal.[3][4] Students from over 200 universities from over 50 countries have participated over the first twenty six competitions. At the 26th IMC in 2018 participants were awarded Individual Result Prizes, Team Result Prizes, Fair Play Prizes and Most Efficient Team Leader Prizes.[5]

University College London[6] has been involved in the organisation of the IMC and Professor John E. Jayne[7] has served as the President from the beginning in 1994. The IMC runs over five or six days during which the competitors sit two five-hour examinations, each with five questions (six until 2008) chosen by a panel and representatives from the participating universities. Problems are from the fields of Algebra, Analysis (Real and Complex), Combinatorics and Geometry.[8]

The IMC began in 1994 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with 49 participants, mostly from Bulgaria, and was hosted by Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski". The 2nd, 3rd and 4th IMC were also hosted by Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski" in Plovdiv. From 1996 to 1999 the IMC was one of the activities of the Structural Joint European Union TEMPUS Project #S_JEP-11087-96, entitled "Modular Education in Mathematics and Informatics",[9] which was the flag ship European Union TEMPUS Project[10] in Bulgaria at the time, aimed at bringing Bulgaria's university mathematics and computing degree programs into line with those in the European Union in preparation for Bulgaria's entry into the European Union. University College London was the Contractor for this European Union TEMPUS Project and Professor Jayne was the Coordinator of the Project. In 1998 the 5th IMC was moved to Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, and was hosted by both the South-West University "Neofit Rilski" in Blagoevgrad and the American University in Bulgaria. The 5th IMC had 80 participants from 9 countries.[11]

The 6th IMC was hosted by Eötvös Loránd University and held on Lake Balaton in Keszthely, Hungary, the 7th IMC was hosted by University College London in London, the 8th IMC was hosted by Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, the 9th IMC was hosted by the University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland, the 10th IMC was hosted by Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the 11th IMC was hosted by Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje in Skopje, Macedonia, the 12th IMC was hosted by American University in Bulgaria in Blagoevgrad, the 13th IMC was hosted by Odessa University in Odessa, Ukraine, the 14th IMC and 15th IMC were again hosted by the American University in Bulgaria in Blagoevgrad, and the 16th IMC was hosted by the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. In 2009 the 16th IMC had 347 student participants and 65 teams. Since 2010 the IMC has been hosted by the American University in Bulgaria, in Blagoevgrad, with assistance from the South-West University "Neofit Rilski" in Blagoevgrad.[12] The 26th IMC had 360 student participants and 77 teams.[13]


1st IMC 1994 Plovdiv   Bulgaria 28 July–2 August
2nd IMC 1995 Plovdiv   Bulgaria 2–7 August
3rd IMC 1996 Plovdiv   Bulgaria 31 July–5 August
4th IMC 1997 Plovdiv   Bulgaria 30 July–4 August
5th IMC 1998 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 29 July–3 August
6th IMC 1999 Keszthely   Hungary 29 July–2 August
7th IMC 2000 London   England 26–31 July
8th IMC 2001 Prague   Czech Republic 19–25 July
9th IMC 2002 Warsaw   Poland 19–25 July
10th IMC 2003 Cluj-Napoca   Romania 25–31 July
11th IMC 2004 Skopje   North Macedonia 23–29 July
12th IMC 2005 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 22–28 July
13th IMC 2006 Odessa   Ukraine 20–26 July
14th IMC 2007 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 3–9 August
15th IMC 2008 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 25–31 July
16th IMC 2009 Budapest   Hungary 25–30 July
17th IMC 2010 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 24–30 July
18th IMC 2011 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 28 July–3 August
19th IMC 2012 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 26 July–1 August
20th IMC 2013 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 6–12 August
21st IMC 2014 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 29 July–4 August
22nd IMC 2015 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 27 July–2 August
23rd IMC 2016 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 25–31 July
24th IMC 2017 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 31 July–6 August
25th IMC 2018 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 22–28 July
26th IMC 2019 Blagoevgrad   Bulgaria 28 July–3 August
27th IMC 2020 ON-LINE ON-LINE 25–30 July

See alsoEdit

List of mathematics competitions


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  9. ^ "Structural Joint European Project #S_JEP-11087-96". 9 January 1996. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  10. ^ "EU Tempus Programme". 1 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
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  13. ^ "Participants and Teams IMC 2019". 28 July 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.

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