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UAE winners of the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition picked

UAE winners of the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition picked

The 2020 edition of the competition held virtually due to social distancing rules

Students from Khalifa University – Abu Dhabi and UAE University are the winners of this year’s Huawei Middle East ICT Competition, UAE edition, and now head to the regional finals.

The annual competition attracted thousands of college and university students from the UAE and the wider Middle East.

This year’s competition saw students participate virtually due to social distancing rules. A Preliminary Competition and Training Enablement was followed by a National Exam that was also held online.

The winning teams were chosen from a field of 23 finalists in the UAE, who came through a preliminary round involving more than 215 competition entries from several universities in UAE. Winners received prizes including Huawei certifications.

The ICT Competition series seeks to bolster the global ICT talent ecosystem by providing development and training opportunities for the youth. In 2020, virtual activities such as skills-development training and roadshows have been conducted in coordination with Huawei R&D labs and experts.

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The addition of an Innovation Competition in 2020 added support for participants in using the latest ICT platforms to help create valuable and meaningful applications for society.

“Such robust participation has demonstrated the immense capacity for the UAE’s youth to combine innovation and creativity in using digital solutions,” said Jiawei Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE.

“Building local ICT talent is an investment in the future of the country and will ultimately equip the UAE to better pursue digital transformation, their national development plans, and ambitious visions.”

Liu said this year’s competition was well-received by the student community in the UAE, despite being forced into a virtual event.

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