The idea to hold Olympiads belongs to the Department of Higher Mathematics of the Belarusian-Russian University, with V.G. Zamuraev, the Associate Professor of the Department of Higher Mathematics, L.V. Pletnev, the Department Head, and N.I. Milyanova, the senior lecturer, standing at its origin. N.I. Milyanova selected and prepared math problems for the first four Olympiads. The Olympiad Organizing Committee includes representatives of the University administration and faculty members of the Department of Higher Mathematics.
The first Olympiad was held on February 20, 2010 and actually it was a regional Olympiad with 41 students of five universities of the Mogilev region participating in it. The competition was of an individual contest type in the form of a computer-based testing. The participants were given 20 math problems of advanced complexity to be solved within 3 hours. The winner of the first Olympiad was Andrey Yefremov, a second-year student of the Belarusian-Russian University (BRU) Faculty of Economics. The silver and bronze medals were awarded to Mikhail Drozdov and Yevgeny Yefimenko, also BRU students.
The second Olympiad was held on February 19, 2011. Students from two Russian Federation universities, namely Ivanovo State Power Engineering University named after Lenin (ISPEU) and Tula State University (TulSU) attended it in addition to participants from five higher education institutions of the Mogilev region. Besides, five students of Mari State Technical University (MarSTU) from Yoshkar-Ola participated hors concours in on-line testing. The winner of the second Olympiad was Mikhail Drozdov, a BRU student, and Mikhail Nikishin and Andrei Klimov, both TulSU students, won second and third places.
The third Olympiad, held on February 18, 2012, was attended by students of three Mogilev universities and four Russian universities: besides the participants from ISPEU, MarSTU and TulSU, there were students from Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering taking part in it. Alexander Malyshev (ISPEU) won the gold medal of the third Olympiad, and the second and third places were taken by Mikhail Drozdov (BRU) and Yuri Basalov (TulSU), correspondingly.
Starting with the fourth Olympiad, the rules of the competition underwent several changes. Not only students but also graduate students were allowed to participate in it, and the maximum number of participants from one university was reduced to two people, with the opportunity to additionally include in the team the winners of previous Olympiads. The fourth Olympiad was held on February 21, 2013, with 50 students and postgraduate students of various specialties from 24 universities of Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Russia, Slovenia and Tajikistan participating in it. The participants were given 30 math problems to be solved within 5 hours. The complexity of problems was taken into account in counting scored points. The winners of the Olympiad were determined according to the results of testing. Diplomas of the 1–3 degree were awarded to 12 Olympiad participants, and six participants received Honorable Diplomas. Andrei Yefremov, a BRU graduate student, became the winner of this Olympiad. Gold medals were also given to Viktor Markov, a graduate student of North-Eastern Federal University (Yakutsk) and Oleg Baskov, a graduate student from St. Petersburg State University (SPbSU).
The fifth Olympiad, held on February 20, 2014, was attended by 52 undergraduates and postgraduate students from 25 universities of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Tajikistan. Oleg Baskov, a postgraduate student of SPbSU, was the winner, Pirahmad Olimdzhoni, a student of Tajik National University (TNU), won second place, and Dmitry Obukhov, a student of Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU), was the third.
The sixth Olympiad, held on February 19, 2015, was attended by 49 students from 24 universities of Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Tajikistan and Estonia. Roman Pocherevin, a student of Lomonosov Moscow State University, became the winner, gold medals were also given to Vyacheslav Murashko, a student of Francysk Skaryna Homiel State University, and Pirahmad Olimdzhoni, a student of TNU.
The seventh Olympiad was held on February 18, 2016, with 39 students from 17 universities of Belarus, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Tajikistan participating in it. Budimir Baev, a student of SPbSU, was the winner, Evgeny Kichak, a student of Moscow Technological University (MIREA), won second place, and Dmitry Obukhov, a student of NSTU, was the third.
The eighth Olympiad was held on February 23, 2017, with 46 students from 21 universities of Belarus, Czech Republic, Iran, Poland, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan participating in it. Budimir Baev, a student of SPbSU, was the winner, Wojciech Wawrów, a student of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, won second place, and Evgeny Kichak, a student of MIREA, was the third.
The Open BRU Mathematical Olympiad continues long traditions of students mathematical Olympiads and at the same time it has traditions and peculiarities of its own, which distinguish it from other mathematical competitions. The Olympiad held in the form of testing eliminates any subjectivity in the evaluation of papers and the participation of senior students and postgraduates in the competition increases significantly the general mathematical level of participants. While the Olympiad participants are solving math problems, the team leaders have the opportunity to participate in the round table on mathematics education in universities. Great help to the Olympiad organizing committee is traditionally provided by student volunteers.