Hungary’s team at the International Geography Olympiad held in Indonesia this year won four medals: two golds, one silver, and one bronze, marking Hungary’s best performance to date, the University of Pécs shared.
According to the university’s press release, gold medals were awarded to Barna Bérczy, who ranked seventh overall and is a student of ELTE Trefort Ágoston Secondary School, and Efim Kurenkov, who finished in eight place and is a student of Budapest’s Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Secondary School. Olivér Lontay from the Milestone Institute received a silver medal, and Márton Hajdu from the Budapest Fazekas Mihály Secondary School received a bronze medal.
Under the patronage of the International Geographical Union, the English-language competition, held for the 19th time, saw participation from 52 countries and 200 students. Out of these participants, 90 received medals, with 15 receiving gold medals.
The University of Pécs pointed out that the Hungarian team has participated in the International Geography Olympiad 14 times since 2006. The selection and training of participants have been led by faculty and doctoral students of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Pécs for years. The Geography and Earth Science Institute, along with the Modern Geographer Foundation, organises the HunGeoContest competition, the top four winners of which were able to attend this year’s Olympiad. The statement added that the director of the qualifying competition and the leader of the Hungarian team is András Trócsányi, associate professor at the institute and former dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Pécs, with support from adjunct professor Éva Máté.
The International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) is a prestigious academic competition that brings together young minds from around the world to showcase their knowledge and understanding of geography. iGeo aims to promote geographical education, foster cross-cultural exchange, and provide a platform for students to demonstrate their expertise in various geographical topics.
The participants in iGeo are typically secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19. The competition consists of a series of challenging tests, tasks, and fieldwork activities that evaluate the participants’ skills in both theoretical and practical aspects of geography. These assessments cover a wide range of topics, including physical geography, human geography, environmental issues, cartography, and spatial analysis.
iGeo is a unique opportunity for young geographers to showcase their talents on an international stage. It not only encourages participants to deepen their knowledge of geography but also enhances their critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. Moreover, the event fosters cultural exchanges and friendships among students from diverse backgrounds, allowing them to learn from one another’s perspectives and experiences.