On Friday 8 November 2013, the award ceremony of the Dutch Mathematics Olympiad will take place at the Technical University in Eindhoven. It is only then that the contestants will find out who won the final. State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science Sander Dekker will present the awards this year and he will also discuss his vision on excellence and talent development.
According to the State Secretary the Mathematics Olympiad perfectly matches his ambition to challenge talented students more. In a letter to the Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives) he recently wrote: "To make talent more visible, I want to investigate how we can give these talented students a platform. They deserve to be in the spotlights. A competition like the Mathematics Olympiad will promote a culture where performing well gets stimulated and excellence gets estimated at its true value.
There are five prize winners in each of three categories: class 6, class 5 and class 2,3 and 4. Prizes vary from 50 to 250 euros and are being made available by the Dutch Association of Math Teachers. During this award ceremony, the Mathematics Platform of The Netherlands will also honor the prize winners of the recent International Mathematics Olympiad in Colombia.
The ceremony will take place at 15.00 hours in college room 5 of the Auditorium at the Technical University Eindhoven. If people are interested, they are welcome to join.