Doha: Students from QU Department of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) in the College of Engineering won the Relentless Programmers Award at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) — Oman Collegiate Programming Contest at Sultan Qaboos University on January 19 and 20.
Two teams participated in the contest with the men’s team placing fifth and the women’s team 12th among 30 teams from GCC universities.
The men’s team comprised junior engineering students Abdelrazek Ibrahim, Abdelrahman Shouman and Kariem Fahmi while Abeer Al Marridi, Aya Hussein and Hagar Hussein made up the women’s team. They were accompanied by their coaches, QU Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr Somaya Al Maadeed and Engineer Khalid A A Abualsaud.
This was their first participation in an ACM contest or similar events.
On the first day of the contest, students took part in a practice test on two questions and trained in the test system to familiarise themselves with contest tasks. The following day, over five hours they participated in the competition in which they were given nine questions. The men’s team solved four questions, placing fifth among two teams from Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar, one from Sultan Qaboos University and one from Arab Open University, Kuwait.
Commenting on the students’ achievements, CSE Head Prof Sebti Foufou said: “Our students did very well and gained invaluable experience from competing in this event. At the department, we ensure that our students are provided with optimum opportunities to practise what they learned in the classroom. The contest not only provided this opportunity but also allowed the students to demonstrate other life skills such as teamwork, competitive spirit, and interpersonal communication which will serve them well in their future personal and professional endeavours”.