Bahrain hosts Huawei ICT regional competition

Under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, HM the King’s Representative for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs, the Huawei ICT Competition 2023-24 Middle East and Central Asia opened today.

The competition organised by Huawei, in collaboration with the University of Bahrain (UoB) and Bahrain Polytechnic, attracted over 27,500 students from over 600 universities across 21 Middle East and Central Asia countries, marking the highest level of participation in its history.

Since its inception in 2017, the Huawei ICT Competition has emerged as the one of most significant and influential ICT initiatives in the region.

The competition seeks to bridge the gap between educational programmes and the labour market to boost the career opportunities of students in the future.

The programme, supported by UNESCO and over 20 partners, aims to develop ICT talents and national competitive capabilities.

Ni Ruchi, China’s Ambassador to Bahrain said that Huawei’s initiative focuses on future development, supporting individuals worldwide, and providing opportunities for young people to learn advanced technologies and get a better understanding of Huawei and the Chinese market.

Osama AlSayed, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Resources and Quality at Polytechnic Bahrain, said the university’s academic partnership with the competition demonstrates its commitment to creating a conducive environment for young talent.

He added that this partnership with Huawei reflected the joint vision for developing talents and fostering innovation that drives the growth of the ICT sector.

Aziz Tang, the Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies-Bahrain, said that Huawei was keen on providing a dynamic platform through this competition to encourage talent and discover future digital economy leaders.

He asserted the importance of creating aims a talent-supporting system that would contribute to driving progress in Bahrain and the region.

Twenty two teams from 11 Middle East and Central Asia countries will compete in Bahrain from 19-21 December 2023.

The teams, consisting of three students and one university teacher, will undergo tests, field activities and workshops that cover ICT challenges that also include telecommunication networks and cloud computing.

Winners will qualify to compete in the international competition to be held in Shenzhen, China.


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