International Mathematics Competition for University Students

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

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.

University College London has been involved in the organisation of the IMC and John E. Jayne 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.

The IMC began in 1994 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with 49 participants, mostly from Bulgaria, under the initiative of the Faculty of Mathematics of Sofia University. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th IMC were also held in Plovdiv. From 1996 to 1999 the IMC was one of the activities of the Structural Joint European Tempus Project #S_JEP-11087-96, entitled "Modular Education in Mathematics and Informatics", which was the EU Tempus Project 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 EU. University College London was the Contractor for this EU Tempus Project and Jayne was the Coordinator of the Project. In 1998 the 5th IMC was moved to Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, using both the South-West University "Neofit Rilski" in Blagoevgrad and the American University in Bulgaria. The 5th IMC had 80 participants from 9 countries.

The 6th IMC was held on Lake Balaton in Keszthely, Hungary, the 7th in London, the 8th in Prague, the 9th in Warsaw, the 10th In Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the 11th in Skopje, Macedonia, the 12th in Blagoevgrad, the 13th in Odessa, the 14th and 15th in Blagoevgrad, and the 16th in Budapest. In 2009 the 16th IMC had 347 participants and 65 teams. Since 2009 the IMC has been held at the American University in Bulgaria, in Blagoevgrad, with assistance from the South-West University "Neofit Rilski" in Blagoevgrad.


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

See also[edit]

List of mathematics competitions

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