On Saturday morning, November 30th, 2019, the Technical University of Moldova was full of young people fascinated by physics – participants in the ninth edition of the Physics Competition “In memoriam Mihai Marinciuc”, proving once again that the interest for one of the oldest academic disciplines is only becoming stronger.

Greeting the over 600 participants in the contest, the president of the Organizing Committee, prof., dr. Viorel BOSTAN, Rector of UTM, emphasized the role of physics in society, but also its importance for UTM, as it is one of the fundamental disciplines that underlies the training of engineers. “We are pleasantly surprised that this competition enjoys an extensive participation. We welcome your passion for the miracles of physics. We wish you good luck in solving the exercises, and know that, after graduating from high school, we’re waiting for you to continue your studies at UTM!”

The vice-president of the Organizing Committee, the Vice-Rector of UTM, Dinu Țurcanu, warmly welcomed the participants to the contest, which is traditionally held during the Marinciuc Days, organized by Theoretical High School “Mihai Marinciuc” and the Technical University of Moldova. He noted that the UTM auditorium, too small for them today, could become an important “starting point” for their future engineering career.

From the Department of Physics of UTM, associate professor, Dr. Spiridon RUSU wished the best of luck to the participants of the contest. Mr Rusu, the vice-president of the Organizing Committee, mentioned the support given by AO “ICAR”, “Xerox” -Moldova, but also the publishers “Știința”, “Lyceum”, “Integritas”, with whom the late Mihai Marinciuc, professor emeritus of physics, also collaborated. His contribution in the field of pedagogy and physics will always be present in the books that he left for us.

Mihail MARINCIUC (26.11.1938, s. Crişcăuţi, r. Dondușeni – 14.10.2011, Chisinau), doctor in physics-mathematical sciences since 1967; between 1981-2011 he worked at the Department of Physics of UTM as a lecturer and professor, head of the department in 1984-1995, author of 89 scientific and methodical publications, including 6 physics textbooks and 8 collections of physics exercises for high schoolers; has been active since 1968 in the preparation and course of the National Physics Olympics for students, the contest that bears his name.

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