BEIRUT: Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani congratulated some of Lebanon’s brightest young mathematicians Wednesday after they competed in an international mathematics competition against students from around the world.
The deputy prime minister received the outstanding students who participated in the Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) competition, in a reception in the VIP lounge at Rafik Hariri International Airport, according to a statement from UCMAS Lebanon.
Twelve of Lebanon’s finest student mathematicians competed in the UCMAS World Mental Arithmetic Competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, against students from 72 other countries.
Hasbani, who greeted the Lebanese team along with a large crowd of students and school administrators, said, “Lebanon is a fountain of thought, of giving and of language, and we hope that this spring will continue to flow.”
Saad Saad, the executive director of the Professional Learning Center and representative of UCMAS in Lebanon, described the arduous selection process. “We organized mini-competitions in schools and centers in every region of Lebanon, which were attended by around 40,000 students, 600 of whom qualified for the national competition organized at the UNESCO Palace,” he was quoted as saying. The 12 top-placed Lebanese students were then selected to compete for their country against 2,500 students from 72 other nations.
Lebanon won the overall competition in two classifications through contestants Gad Samaha and Antonius Maraab.