“We worked hard as a team because we wanted to seize the opportunity to get to travel to China to compete in the global finals,” said Chaula after being named as winners at a ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa held earlier this week.
“We really want to show Africa and the world that Tanzania is an up-and-coming ICT player, and we want to be a part of that growth in our country. We will study and practise for the finals in China as we are going there to win,” Chaula bragged.
The competition covered the latest ICT technologies, such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mobile networks and big data. Almost 30 000 students from over 100 universities in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana and Mauritius participated.
Students from another East Africa nation, Kenya rocked horns with Angola to emerge as runners up who will together travel to China for the finals, which will see 40 teams from around the world compete for the championship title.
At the finals, held this weekend in Johannesburg, it came down to 42 students in 14 teams. They sat for theory and practical examinations at the finals at Huawei’s regional headquarters, in Woodmead, Johannesburg.
Speaking at the final award-giving presentation, Xue Man, Vice-President of Huawei, said: “Huawei understands the value of a good talent ecosystem, which is the foundation for a smart future. This ICT Competition is part of our innovative initiatives to support that and promote ICT skills. We believe that this event will inspire more students’ interest in ICT learning in Africa; it provides them with a world-class stage to showcase themselves and consolidate the vital ICT needed for Africa’s development”
Alfred Cheruiyot, a representative from Kenya Ministry of Education, praised Huawei’s actions to raise skills and partner with national governments and local tertiary institutions to strengthen the skills pool in ICT.
“We are fully aware how important this is for our students to get good jobs and to become successful entrepreneurs. We are fully aware that this will drive our economy forward for many years to come if we can get it right,” Cheruiyot told the gathering.
The Huawei ICT Competition is a global ICT talent competition exchange event, which is aimed at the Huawei Authorized Information and Network Technology College (Huawei ICT Academy) and related universities. Since the first Huawei ICT Competition, held in 2015, the number of participants in the competition has grown exponentially and has become one of the largest ICT events in the world.
The 2018/19 event has attracted more than 1,000 universities in more than 50 countries around the world, under the slogan: “Connection, Glory and Future”. The total number of students participating globally was 80,000 students, including 28,000 students from southern Africa.
During the competition, through the road show, training, lectures and other special activities, the latest technology, information and industry trends are passed on to students and practitioners. The focus is to bridge the gap between theoretical study and practical experience, to get students more ready to join the job market and increase their competitiveness.
The winners of the sub-Saharan Africa region will go to China in May to participate in the global finals in Shenzhen, China. There they will compete with the 22 winners from other parts of the world for the global finals.