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UG final year student CHEN Qifeng was ranked 22th in round 3 of Google Code Jam 2012. He is invited to compete in the finals in New York, USA in the coming July.
Google Code Jam is an international programming competition hosted and administered by Google. The competition began in 2003 as a means to identify top engineering talent for potential employment at Google. The competition consists of a set of algorithmic problems which must be solved in a fixed amount of time. Competitors may use any programming language and development environment to obtain their solutions. Last year over 30,000 coders competed, but only a Japanese programmer was awarded the championship and a reward of US$10,000. More information about the competition.
Qifeng is one of the very outstanding students of the CSE department. He has got PhD offers from 9 top universities (University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Princeton University, University of California, Los Angeles, and Stanford University) while at last he accepted the one from Stanford University. He made a leap in improving his programming skills through the course projects and HKUST ACM-ICPC training. It is the first time for Qifeng to get into the world finals.