Exceptional ICT talent in Qatar recognized in the finale of the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2020

Jan 06, 2021 by bcw-global

Team from Qatar comprised of 3 students claim ‘Outstanding Performance’ Award with Qatar University claiming the ‘’Excellent Academy’ award

The Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2020, the largest competition for students and universities in the Middle East, has now come to a close, with winners of the annual event being announced following several months of national and regional competitions between some of the region’s brightest young minds and leading academic institutions. Held virtually this year in respect of social distancing measures, the finals saw 13 teams of talented students compete from 10 countries, with Qatar’s team claiming the ‘Outstanding Performance’ award.

The annual competition sees Huawei and various partners in government and academia contribute towards the development of ICT talent ecosystems, nurturing young talent while also fostering an innovation mindset amongst the next generation of ICT leaders. In 2020, the competition witnessed the participation of 20 ministries and government authorities, received 15,000 entries from 440 local colleges and universities in 10 Middle East countries.

This year, Qatar’s team comprising of 3 students, Maria Rauf Mahsood, Zainab Ameema and Khamarunnisa Pazhayakath claimed the ‘Outstanding Performance’ award, and Qatar University won the ‘Excellent Academy’ award. All winning teams received special certificates and trophies presented virtually by local Huawei representatives.

Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, said: “On behalf of Huawei, I offer hearty congratulations to our winners and everyone who participated in this year’s competition. This has been an exceptional year in many ways, but it has also never been a more important time to support young people in developing their talent and creativity with cutting-edge technology. Today ICT are the building blocks of an intelligent society. By taking advantage of global knowledge and best practices through these competitions, we are able to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace, increasing national ICT competitiveness while encouraging local communities to contribute to national visions for digital transformation and socio-economic development.”

Today Huawei is committed to growing the region’s ICT talent ecosystem by investing in youth and providing development and training opportunities that facilitate connections between international talent. By openly collaborating with public and private sector entities in the Middle East, the company also seeks to promote a greater understanding of and interest in the technology sector, while enhancing students’ future employment opportunities in an increasingly digital economy.


Through the ICT Competition which has witnessed the participation of over 60,000 students in 4 years, Huawei plays a key role in developing an environment of openness, collaboration and shared success, which will nurture a more successful and cohesive future for connectivity on a nationwide and, indeed, global scale in the years and decades to come. It comes in line with Huawei’s strong belief in building the ICT ecosystem, encouraging knowledge and experience transfer, while bridging the digital divide and promoting digital inclusion.


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