KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7: Huawei Technologies Kuwait, a leading global Information and Communication Technology solutions provider, launched on Thursday at the Huawei headquarters at Al Hamra Tower the local edition of its global ICT Skill Competition 2017, in a strategic partnership with Kuwait Direct Promotion Investment Authority (KDIPA).
The ICT Skill Competition 2017 which is open to all university students seeks to identify and nurture Kuwait’s finest ICT talent fostering the development of the young leaders of tomorrow responsible for driving the country’s digital transformation. The nationwide competition is held in line with Huawei’s commitment to support Kuwait’s 2035 vision aimed at fueling the growth of key sectors and industries and advancing digitalization.
The opening ceremony was attended by senior officials from KDIPA, the Embassy of China to the State of Kuwait, Kuwait University, American University of Kuwait, American University of the Middle East, Australian College of Kuwait, media representatives and Huawei Technologies Kuwait executive management.
The competition, launched for the very first time in Kuwait this year, is a critical initiative for enhancing the quality of future ICT professionals, a key pillar in Kuwait’s agenda of building a knowledge-based economy. The competition increases national ICT competitiveness and contributes to local communities.
“We are very proud to launch this competition aiming to spearhead innovation and advance the ICT skills of the local population, in close collaboration with KDIPA, leading Kuwait universities and other stakeholders. We wish the technology leaders of tomorrow every success and congratulate them for being at the forefront of innovation as Kuwait enters a new digital era,” stated Trevor Liu, Huawei Technologies Kuwait CEO.
Students from Kuwait’s leading universities have registered for the competition and more are expected to enlist in the coming days. All candidates will undergo rigorous tests. Fifteen among them will then compete in Kuwait’s finals that will take place between November 5-10,2017. Kuwait’s three finalists will be given the opportunity to travel to Huawei’s Headquarter in Shenzhen, China, where the final stage of the competition will take place between December 11-15, 2017.
The most exceptional team of achievers will be awarded US$ 30,000 cash prize, 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 academic institutions will also be awarded with the ‘Excellent Tutor’ and ‘Best Academy’ Prizes.
Winners of the Kuwait Finals will be granted traineeship or employment opportunities with Huawei, as part of its Enterprise Business Group, where they will be exposed to a combination of innovative technologies, including cloud computing, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Big Data, and Internet of Things (IoT) and interact with ICT experts from different industries such as government, oil & gas and banking. All Competition winners will be rewarded with Huawei’s latest laptops and smartphones.
The competition is still open for registration. Interested students may register online on www.huaweiacad.com until October 10, 2017.
By Michelle Fe Santiago
Arab Times Staff