The 40th Annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals ended today and Russian students from the St. Petersburg State University finished the contest on top, above much more famous and esteemed universities.

The contest, also known as “Battle of the Brains”, gathered three-man teams (plus one backup) from 128 universities, representing 40 countries from all continents.

Teams participated in 13 rounds, and received points if they solved the round’s problem, with a bonus for finishing first.

St. Petersburg State University won the main prize after solving 11 of the 13 problems and finishing first in two rounds. Additionally, the university also won the regional champion title for the Europe region.

The other universities in the top ten include the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Harvard University, the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, University of Warsaw, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, St. Petersburg ITMO University, Ural Federal University, University of Wroclaw, and Nizhny Novgorod State University.

Five of the top ten universities were from Russia, making it the contest’s unofficial winning country.

Regional champions also included Harvard University for North America, Universidad Nacional de Rosario for Latin America, University of New South Wales for South Pacific, Shanghai Jiao Tong University for Asia, and Cairo University – Faculty of Computers and Information for Africa and the Middle East.

The competition took place this past week in Phuket, Thailand and was sponsored by IBM. A list of the teams is available here and the final ranking can be viewed here.

Top 10 ranking

Top 10 ranking

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