The International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) is a yearly event that brings together top geography students aged 16 to 19 from all over the world. These bright students, selected to represent their countries, shine among thousands who take part in their own national geography competitions. iGeo includes three parts: a written test, a fun multimedia activity, and fieldwork where students observe and analyze geography firsthand. Alongside the competitions, there are poster presentations, cultural exchanges, and chances for students to make friends with peers from around the globe.

The aims of the Olympiad are to:

  1. Stimulate active interest in geographical and environmental studies among young people.
  2. Contribute positively to debate about the importance of geography as a senior secondary school subject by drawing attention to the quality of geographical knowledge, skills and interests among young people.
  3. Facilitate social contacts between young generation from different countries and in doing so, contribute to the understanding between nations.

iGeo started in 1996 with just five countries and has grown over the years. It used to happen every two years, but now it’s an annual event, except for 2020 when it couldn’t take place because of the Covid-19 pandemic. After moving online for a couple of years, iGeo returned to in-person events in 2023 in Bandung, Indonesia, showing that the spirit of exploring geography together is still strong.

Some iGeo Task Force members gathered at 2023 iGeo Bandung (from left to right): Alexis Alamel (France, 2022), Susan Lomas (co-chair, UK), Samsul Bachri (Indonesia, 2023), Susan Pike (Ireland, 2024), Dubravka Spevec (Croatia), Tomasz Sawicki (Poland), Su-Min Shen (co-chair, Taiwan), Tim Schuring (The Netherland) and Pannee Cheewinsiriwat (Thailand, 2025).


Debuting at iGeo in 2023, Team Malaysia, represented by Ardent Educational Consultants Sdn Bhd, ignited their journey with unparalleled enthusiasm and dedication. Guided by the unwavering leadership of Mr. Hanif bin Haron and Ms. Nurul Syalwana binti Mohd Shabaruddin.

The team, comprising Hee Wen Kai, Yee Sue Wei, Anna Wong Shi Na, and Siti Jalilah binti Malek Rizal, epitomized the spirit of resilience and excellence. Despite it being their maiden voyage, Hee Wen Kai’s awe-inspiring performance captured the spotlight, clinching a prestigious Silver Award and claiming the 33rd position among 177 formidable competitors. This monumental triumph not only celebrates Hee Wen Kai’s individual brilliance but also signals a resounding inception for Malaysia’s journey in the international geography olympiad, inspiring future generations to reach greater heights.

Heartfelt congratulations are extended to all participants for their dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to excellence, showcasing Malaysia’s prowess on the global stage.

iGeo 2024

The 20th International Geography Olympiad is set to unfold in Ireland from August 19th to 24th, 2024, orchestrated under the stewardship of the International Geographical Union Olympiad Task Force. Following the Olympiad, participants can embark on an optional Post-iGeo excursion to further enrich their experience.

The bustling events of IGEO will animate the quaint town of Maynooth, nestled in the verdant expanse of north County Kildare, Ireland. Serving as the nucleus of activity, Maynooth will host events across its cobblestone streets, from the venerable halls of the University of Maynooth to the esteemed grounds of Trinity College Dublin. With its vibrant array of services, cafes, and shops, Maynooth offers a charming backdrop for both scholarly pursuits and leisurely moments. Conveniently situated just a short 30-minute train ride from Dublin, participants will find themselves seamlessly navigating between venues, relishing ample opportunities for serendipitous encounters and tranquil respites amidst the fervor of IGEO.

Meanwhile, Dublin, the illustrious capital of the Republic of Ireland, awaits on the east coast, poised at the convergence of tradition and modernity along the banks of the River Liffey. Here, historic landmarks like Dublin Castle and the venerable halls of Trinity College stand testament to the city’s rich heritage, while verdant oases such as St Stephen’s Green beckon with their tranquil allure. As participants traverse Dublin’s storied streets, they’ll discover a tapestry of cultural treasures, from captivating museums to lively markets teeming with local flair.

Throughout IGEO, participants will not only delve into the depths of geographical knowledge but also embark on a journey of exploration, immersing themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Maynooth and Dublin alike. From scholarly pursuits within the halls of Trinity College to leisurely strolls through verdant parks, the essence of Ireland’s charm awaits discovery at every turn.

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