The proud news is now coming back to the science competition. This time at the 2019 International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) competition in Keszthely, Hungary. The competition that competes in astronomy and astrophysics-related insights brings together students from all over the world who gathered as many as 260 students from 47 countries. Indonesia, which became one of the participating countries, successfully demonstrated its quality by winning 1 silver, 2 bronze and 1 Honorable Mention.
The medalists were Hilmi Nuruzzaman (silver), Akhdan Dzaky (bronze), Ananda Hafidh (bronze), Vito Ghifari (Honorable Mention) and Razita Afrina. From this event, the Indonesian Olympic Team was present in Hungary with the supervisor from ITB Dr. Hakim Luthfi Malasan and Dr. rer nat. Mochamad Ikbal Arifyanto, M.Sc. and Rina Imayanti, S.Sc., M.Ak. Head of Learning Section Sub Directorate of Curriculum Directorate of High School Development Directorate General of Primary and Secondary Education Ministry of Education and Culture.
One of the medalists Hilmi Nuruzzaman shared his experience with the media that Hilmi’s journey to the international Olympics was quite a winding road. Starting from the fierce competition at the national level science competition of 1,433 students who passed at the provincial level and competed at the national level, Hilmi won in the Best Practice category.
From this event, Hilmi and the winners of OSN (National Olympics Science) 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place until the champions of hope were tested again until only five people remained. These five who passed were sent to Hungary representing Indonesian students to take part in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad. The Olympics will be held for nine days, from 2-10 August 2019.
Although attending school in madrasas, Hilmi’s intelligence is no less than that of public school students. His intelligence has been proven when he won a science competition from the provincial level to the national level. In addition to using national education standards, madrasas also have advantages over public schools, namely more religious material.
For your information, the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) is a world high school science competition. It was first held in Thailand in 2007. Indonesia once hosted the Olympics in 2008.