In addition to sports and arts, it turns out Indonesia is also able to carve achievements in the sector of science. Indonesia participated in the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) event which took place from 19 to 29 July 2018 at Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic. Being represented by a team selected based on strict selection, with great brilliance Indonesia won 1 gold medal, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals. The gold medal for Indonesia was donated by Ong Christopher Ivan Wijaya from SMA Kristen YSKI Semarang, silver medal donated Abdullah Muqaddam and MAN Insan Cendekia Serpong, Banten while Bronze medal was achieved by Rizki Kurniawan from SMAN 1 Kota Metro, Lampung and Syaiful Islam SMA Cindera Mata Kota Bekasi, West Java.
The competition is attended by 80 countries from all over the world, and is the 50th Chemical Olympiad. Last year, at 49th IChO in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, Indonesia won 1 gold medal and 3 silver medals
In welcoming the ICho team at Soekarno Hatta Airport, Tangerang, Banten, Director of SMA Kemendikbud Purwadi, Monday afternoon (30/7) accompanied by Head of Subdivision of SMA Suharlan and Head of Communication Services Bureau, Ari Santoso.
In this competition, each student has tested ability in the field of theory and practice skills in the laboratory.
“This achievement is a birthday present of independence and boast of all of us, that our students are not inferior to the developed countries,” Purwadi said on the occasion.
According to him, the winner will get a scholarship for the gold winner will get a scholarship to S3, silver scholarship recipients S2 and bronze scholarship grant S1 in the country.
“This achievement must be a culture of our science tradition that we develop continuously while fostering the spirit of nationalism of our nationality in international events,” added Suharlan.
Ivan Wijaya admitted surprise won gold in IChO, “I was pessimistic at first but God bless me for optimism and gold,” said Ivan who aspired to be a scientist. Muqoddam won silver at IChO is very proud though he admitted to struggling because of the weather very long heat in the Czech Republic. “Alhamdulillah I am able to overcome it,” said Muqoddam who is now studying at the Faculty of Medicine UI.
After welcoming the IChO team, Kemendikbud also received the arrival of the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) team which was in Lisbon, Portugal 19-29 July 2018.
The Indonesian Physics Olympiad Team won 1 gold medal by Johanes Suhardjo from SMAK Frateran Surabaya. One silver medal achieved by Jason Jovi Brata from SMAK 1 BPK Penabur Jakarta. Three bronze medals respectively achieved Ahmad Aufar Thoriq from Semesta Semesta BBS Semarang, Bryant Juspi from SMA Darma Yudha Pekanbaru, and Raditya Adhidarma Nugraha from SMAN 1 Yogyakarta.
IPhO or commonly known as the International Physics Olympiad followed by high school students from 87 countries.
Of the 87 countries, 17 countries won the gold medal. 11 of the 17 countries are Asian countries, 4 European countries, 1 United States, and 1 Australia.
“Every student must run two types of physics exam, theoretical and experimental,” said Syamsu Rosid who is the chairman of the Indonesian delegation of Physics.
Next, the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad will be held in Paris, France next year.