Nov 10, 2020 by bcw-global
New virtual platforms are created for Qatari students to exchange ideas, enhance practical skills, and contribute to Qatar’s growing ICT sector.
Huawei launches first Innovation Competition running in parallel to support industrial digitization.
Competitions will facilitate connections between government, enterprises, and academia.
With digital technologies becoming the building blocks of Qatar’s intelligent society - and increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic recovery - Huawei is once again touching on an important driver of the digital transformation journey, nurturing ICT talent. The company is now running the 4th edition of its flagship annual Middle East ICT Competition in Qatar to support the next generation of leaders for an intelligent world, in line with state national plans and strategies.
The initiative underpins technology utilization and aims to support socio-economic development by bolstering the overall ICT ecosystem through local talent. Such individuals can in turn help Qatar achieve its national development plans and ambitious visions for more sustainable and knowledge-based economies. This year’s competition is being held in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in the State of Qatar.
From October to December, thousands of undergraduate students are expected to participate in the competition held virtually for the first time due to physical distancing measures. Four universities in Qatar are participating this year, namely Qatar University, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Community College of Qatar and College of the North Atlantic - Qatar.
Dr. Khalid Al-Ali, the Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Higher Education Affairs at Ministry of Education and higher Education, stated: “The ICT sector is a significant national industry promoting Qatar’s global competitiveness and economic strength. Private sector programs like the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition are highly valued in supporting these ambitions, developing indigenous innovation overall while nurturing a supportive environment for the ICT sector in particular.”
Huawei’s Gulf North Chief Executive Officer Mr. Zhaoliang said: “Empowering Qatari youth with global knowledge and new skills plays a key role in the future of socio-economic growth. Huawei is committed to expanding the ICT value chain in Qatar through local talent and building open ecosystems. We believe in openness, collaboration, and shared success, and put forward our best efforts to support the sustainable development of ambitious countries like Qatar. We are dedicated to fostering innovative interdisciplinary talent through knowledge and experience sharing. By offering participants access to online exchanges and learning, we can create more equal opportunities for quality education, enabling more people to benefit from the digital economy.”
Dr. Jauncey Stuart, Associate Dean, School of Business Management and Information Technology, College of the North Atlantic Qatar, said: The applied skills that the students are developing and practicing in this competition are now vital to all aspects of Human life. This competition provides a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn new technologies, to explore the application of knowledge, and to demonstrate their competence as the new generation of Information Technology Experts - and indeed as IT Warriors."
The competition promotes creativity amongst students by acting as a bridge between the classroom and the workforce, enhancing students’ future employment opportunities. The training and competition tracks for this year - held under the theme “Connection, Glory, Future” - focus on advanced technologies such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing, data storage, and facilitating connections between international talent. In addition to sharpening student’s own knowledge of these domains, the competition assists state authorities, colleges, and universities to identify and support the future leaders of ICT.
This year will also witness the introduction of the Huawei Innovation Competition, held in parallel to the ICT Competition. It focuses on supporting undergraduate students and teachers in using innovative technologies such as AI, cloud computing, and big data to create valuable and meaningful applications for society. Huawei has invited universities and colleges across the Middle East to participate in the new Innovation Competition, with a total of ten teams to be selected for the regional final this year.
Winners of the regional competitions will future learning opportunities and will receive a certificate, a USD$20.000 cash prize, and other rewards.
Last year, over 250 students from across Qatar applied for the Middle East ICT Competition 2019 from leading colleges and universities. The competition was supported by ministries, ambassadors, and academic chancellors from Qatar’s top-ranking universities. One team competed in the ICT competition’s finals at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China and received the ‘Outstanding Performance’ recognition.
Registration for Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2020 is now open through this microsite.
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