Southern Vietnam university to compete in int'l robot contest

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A university from the southern province of Dong Nai will represent Vietnam at an international robot contest in Hong Kong this August after claiming victory at the national competition on Sunday.

The LH-CACTS 2 from Lac Hong University defeated 217 teams from 47 universities and colleges across the country to win the first prize of the Vietnam Robocon 2012 at the final held in Ho Chi Minh City.

It was the third time Lac Hong won the national contest.

Another team from the university also won the third prize together with a team from the Ministry of Defense's Liaison Officers School.

The team from the Da Nang University of Technology claimed the second prize.

A team from Lac Hong University was the Vietnamese representative at the international contest held in Thailand last year. The team won third prize in the contest.

Since the annual contest was initiated in Japan in 2002 by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Vietnamese contestants have made it to the finals seven times, claiming the first prize in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

Every year, Robocon has a different theme, which remains the same from the preliminary rounds within a country right up to the international contest.

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This year it is based on a traditional festival dating back more than 100 years ago in Hong Kong. Competitors have to get their robots to pass bridges and tunnels before landing on an island and climbing a "bun tower" to snatch lucky buns to achieve peace and prosperity.

A VnExpress newswire report had earlier quoted Pham Viet Tien, chief of Vietnam Television's Department of Science and Education, as saying Vietnam plans to host the robot contest next year.

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