International Mathematics Competition for University Students
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.