Huawei an­nounces launch of cov­eted ICT skill com­pe­ti­tion Pro­gram to un­earth and nur­ture Mideast tal­ent

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Huawei has an­nounced the launch of its Mid­dle East ICT Skill Com­pe­ti­tion 2017. Aimed at uni­ver­si­ties and stu­dents, the pro­gram seeks to un­earth and nur­ture the re­gion’s finest ICT tal­ent. In line with Huawei’s man­date to sup­port gov­ern­ments’ dig­i­ti­za­tion strate­gies, na­tional vi­sions and plans for growth of crit­i­cal in­dus­tries, the com­pe­ti­tion will foster de­vel­op­ment for the next gen­er­a­tion re­spon­si­ble for driv­ing the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion. Ten coun­tries in the re­gion are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate, with reg­is­tra­tion open till Oc­to­ber 10.

In the Mid­dle East, the com­pe­ti­tion is a crit­i­cal ini­tia­tive for en­hanc­ing the qual­ity of fu­ture ICT pro­fes­sion­als, a key pil­lar in na­tional agen­das of build­ing knowl­edge-based economies. The com­pe­ti­tion in­creases na­tional ICT com­pet­i­tive­ness, sup­port­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties across the Mid­dle East. The gen­er­a­tion of stu­dents in­volved is ex­pected to lead the Mid­dle East’s ICT in­dus­try into the fu­ture by em­brac­ing the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion. The ICT Skill Com­pe­ti­tion is specif­i­cally de­signed to pre­pare this gen­er­a­tion for such a re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Skilled teams

Close to 80 of the re­gion’s best uni­ver­si­ties have reg­is­tered for the com­pe­ti­tion. The top 13 most skilled teams will be se­lected to travel to Huawei’s home in Shen­zhen, China, where the fi­nal stage of the com­pe­ti­tion will take place be­tween 11 and 15 De­cem­ber. This will be the last step in an ar­du­ous jour­ney-com­peti­tors reg­is­tered at the event starting from June, and those who make it to the fi­nal stage will al­ready have passed through two rounds of highly se­lec­tive ex­am­i­na­tions at the lo­cal and na­tional level. In the past, the com­pe­ti­tion has at­tracted top tal­ent glob­ally, with com­peti­tors hail­ing from coun­tries rang­ing from the Nether­lands to Malaysia to Pak­istan.

Not only will the win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion re­ceive cer­tifi­cates, tro­phies, and prizes, they will also have a once-in-a-life­time opportunity to travel to China and gain in­sider ac­cess to a top global ICT com­pany. Huawei will grant the win­ners an exclusive fully paid trip to the com­pany’s in­ter­na­tional head­quar­ters in Shen­zhen and the chance to meet with the brand’s lead­er­ship. They will gain un­ri­valed ex­po­sure to Huawei’s ex­per­tise in telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, en­ter­prise, and con­sumer busi­ness, not to men­tion a price­less cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge ex­change. The com­pe­ti­tion is part of Huawei’s long­stand­ing ef­fort to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the com­mu­nity in the Mid­dle East. Huawei has al­ready im­ple­mented a Seeds for the Fu­ture pro­gram to of­fer train­ing and in­tern­ships to promis­ing stu­dents across the re­gion. The ITC Skill Com­pe­ti­tion of­fers stu­dents ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to gain valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try. Par­tic­i­pants will work in a real lab­o­ra­tory, and tackle some of the in­dus­try’s most com­plex chal­lenges. The com­pe­ti­tion ma­te­rial is based on ad­vanced IP and IT ma­te­rial, and tests com­peti­tors on their knowl­edge of cloud com­put­ing, switch­ing, rout­ing, and net­work se­cu­rity. It is a unique opportunity for stu­dents to test their abil­i­ties in ICT’s most cut­ting edge fields.

Part­ner­ships

The ICT Skill Com­pe­ti­tion works in part­ner­ship with lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties to en­sure Huawei is do­ing all it can, to­gether with lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties, to nur­ture lo­cal ICT tal­ent, in or­der to sup­port and grow the fu­ture lead­ers of the in­dus­try. As one of the world’s lead­ing in­no­va­tors, the pro­mo­tion of in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity among ICT stu­dents is es­sen­tial to Huawei.

“Knowl­edge trans­fer and nur­tur­ing fu­ture ICT tal­ent has al­ways been a core pil­lar of the Huawei way, and we are thrilled to be able to launch the ICT Skill Com­pe­ti­tion for that ex­act rea­son. The fu­ture of ICT progress lays in the hands of our stu­dents, and by de­vel­op­ing plat­forms and pro­grams that al­low them to grow and ma­ture into experts, we can bet­ter equip the next gen­er­a­tion of tech­nol­ogy lead­ers,” said Charles Yang, Huawei ME pres­i­dent.

“We are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing gov­ern­ments in the re­gion as they work to­wards achiev­ing their na­tional tar­gets. We do this by fos­ter­ing last­ing re­la­tion­ships with all lev­els of so­ci­ety, from busi­ness lead­ers to stu­dents. The ICT Skill Com­pe­ti­tion al­lows us to work closely with the fu­ture champions of in­dus­try, us­ing the Huawei way to grow a gen­er­a­tion that will drive the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion for­ward,” Charles added. In ad­di­tion to award­ing the top $30,000 cash prize to the most out­stand­ing team, the next two teams will claim se­cond place and three teams will be awarded third place. The next seven teams will re­ceive Ex­cel­lence Prizes, while 6 tutors and 5 academies will also be rec­og­nized with the Ex­cel­lent Tu­tor and Best Academy Prizes.

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