Thirteen teams comprising a total of 39 students from 10 countries, including three students from Qatar, have competed in the final of the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2019-2020 held at Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Amongst the awards, a team from Qatar was recognised with an ‘Outstanding Performance’ honour.
This year, the competition attracted more than 21,000 student registrations from 437 colleges and universities.
Huawei said it is keen to support the development of the information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem in Qatar through the Huawei ME ICT Competition, which nurtures local talent, working with government authorities, colleges and universities in the Middle East to identify, support, and grow the future leaders of ICT.
The competition promotes innovation and creativity, while increasing national ICT competitiveness and encouraging local communities to contribute towards achieving digital transformation and economic growth.
Participating students have the opportunity to enhance their ICT knowledge, practical and application skills, as well as raising their innovation awareness, thereby enhancing their employability within the sector, especially with national winners receiving an immersion experience within an ICT company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, in addition to employment opportunities and other prizes.
Through the competition, Huawei facilitates connections between international talent, providing equal opportunities for quality education with the aim of enabling more people to benefit from the digital economy.
Charles Yang, president of Huawei Middle East, said: “We congratulate our winners, and all of the teams who made it to the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2019 Final. This year’s field of competition was especially strong. Each team participating in the final round represents some of the brightest talent from their country, as well as from the region. Seeing so many gifted young people gives us great confidence in the future of ICT in the Middle East.
Winners received their prizes during a ceremony attended by several dignitaries, including Steven Yi, member of the supervisory board and president of MEA region at Huawei; Mohamed Abdulla al-Dehaimi, Qatar embassy in China; Lianpu Ding, director of the Centre for Exchange of China-Foreign People-to-People of the Ministry of Education of China; and Dr Li Jihong, deputy director of Unesco Centre for Innovation in Higher Education.