RIYADH: Some 4,119 students have taken the second phase of the “Mawhoob” exam, organized by the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), in partnership with the Education Ministry.
The tests were held in 72 exam centers across the Kingdom, and covered mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and other sciences.
Candidates in this competition will join Mawhiba’s International Olympiad Program for the next winter forum, which will be held from Jan. 4-13 at the Royal Commission in Jubail and at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.
The competition targets grades 6-11 students to identify those good at mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and space. They are then enrolled in specialized programs to train and equip them to participate in the international competitions and Olympics held annually.
The competition focuses on developing the educational process, in addition to nominating outstanding students to join Saudi teams participating in international olympics. Competition winners will enroll in Mawhiba’s International Olympiad Program, and two years later those who will represent the Kingdom in 19 regional and international olympics will be chosen.
The competition also aims to represent the Kingdom in international competitions, enhance confidence in national competitiveness in international competitions, raise people’s awareness of their importance, and boost scientific competition spirit, in addition to building a creative generation capable of adopting scientific language.
International olympics are high-level annual world competitions and among the strongest scientific competitions for general education students. They cover many fields, and are hosted in the summer of every year.
Candidates participating in these competitions — which have been held for more than 50 years — are chosen based on the students’ performance in the training forums after passing the exams in these forums, which qualifies them for the final competition nomination exams.