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29th Annual International Collegiate Programming Contest Results

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posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 10:34 PM
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The results are in from the 29th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals. Shanghai Jiao Tong University scored highest, followed by Moscow State University, St. Petersburg Institute of Optics and Mechanics, and Waterloo University, in that order. The best showing by an American school was the University of Illinois, whose students tied for 17th place in the overall rankings. The last decade has seen a steady rise in the prowess of Asian and European programmers. 17th is the lowest ranking ever for the Americans in the 29 year history of the event, and an American school hasn't taken top honor since 1997.
 



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Shanghai Jiao Tong University of China took top honors this year, followed by Moscow State University and the St. Petersburg Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics. Those results continued a gradual ascendance of Asian and East European schools during the past decade or so. A U.S. school hasn't won the world championship since 1997, when students at Harvey Mudd College achieved the honor.

"The U.S. used to dominate these kinds of programming Olympics," said David Patterson, president of the Association for Computing Machinery and a computer science professor at the University of California, Berkeley. "Now we're sort of falling behind."

The relatively poor showing of American students is a red flag about how well the United States in general is doing in technology, compared with its global rivals, said Jim Foley, chairman of the Computing Research Association, a group made up of academic departments, research centers and professional societies.


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These results are in line with most expectations. The Chinese and European teams have been steadily advancing in the rankings for more than a decade, and the Russians have always been a dominant force. American schools have not been placing well in the last decade, and this years results were the worst ever. So while it was certainly dissapointing, it was not unexpected.

Many blame this on reduced technology spending. Asia and Europe have continued to increase their technology spending, while America's has been steadily declining. Others simply chalk it up to bad luck. A few news reports have indicated this might be bad news for the American technology industry, but I disagree. It's been many years since the American technology industry last relied on American labor.

American companies have shown a zeal for hiring foreign programmers in recent years, and there's no reason to expect that trend to change in the near future. Perhaps the companies in question are hiring foreign workers because domestic programmers aren't 'competing' at the same skill level, or perhaps domestic programmers aren't cutting it because tech companies are looking overseas; slipping demand may contribute to declining interest. Who's to say?

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posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 10:38 PM
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The results are in from the 29th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals. Shanghai Jiao Tong University scored highest, followed by Moscow State University, St. Petersburg Institute of Optics and Mechanics, and Waterloo University


w00t! I know some people who are gonna be very happy bout that heh.



posted on Apr, 9 2005 @ 04:32 PM
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Good for the Chinese. Now let's have Diebold hire them to do decent election box programming.



posted on Apr, 10 2005 @ 02:15 PM
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So China is #1, Russia is #2 and Canada is #3. Yea Canada. Pretty astounding when you consider the relative size of Canada's population...



posted on Apr, 10 2005 @ 02:36 PM
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by soficrow
So China is #1, Russia is #2 and Canada is #3. Yea Canada. Pretty astounding when you consider the relative size of Canada's population...


Sofi that must say something. Maybe if we had the population we would be first, you know like they say in the States where number one.

Canada scores number 3 while our autistic cousins to the south scores 17th, I can hear it now.
The silence will be defining,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, or we will hear from the people in the right wing of the peanut gallery.
Way To Canada!


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[edit on 10/4/2005 by Sauron]



posted on Apr, 11 2005 @ 01:41 PM
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You know if you add up all the following it leads to exactly what happened here.

Outsourcing IT Careers to Foreign Countries.
Decreasing IT Salaries.
Decreasing Science & Technology Grants.
Increasing Foreign Visas for Computer Specialists, Scientists and Engineers.
Lowering Federal Spending on Science and Technology.

In My opinion The US did it to itself. Lower the requirements, pay, need for Science and Technology positions and you lower the overall desire for US students to want to go into a position with LONG Hours and LOW Rewards.

Phae



posted on Apr, 11 2005 @ 07:41 PM
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Also - the move to privatize education and limit public schooling in the USA is scary. ...An educated population used to be a big American edge.




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