Makerere University students registering for Huawei's Global ICT Skills Competition.
Makerere University students registering for Huawei's Global ICT Skills Competition.

Huawei Uganda today announced it has registered over 800 ICT students from universities all over Uganda to take part in the global Huawei ICT competition. The competition aims to provide a platform for global ICT talents to compete and communicate, promote high-quality ICT talent development, and drive the growth of a robust and sustainable ICT talent ecosystem.

The registered students are expected to access learning material in the various courses and certification portfolio provided by Huawei at no cost such as; Routing and Switch, Data Centres, Cloud computing, Network and transmission to mention a few. They will also access simulation tools, online mock tests and written examinations for the top 100, of which three will be selected to represent Uganda in the regional finals in South Africa later in December and in the global finals in China in April 2019.

On the other hand, upon successfully passing their examination in the competition, they will be certified by Huawei, receive awards such as; the Mate Book, mobile phones, trophies, job and internship offers.

Mr. Liu jiawei, the Managing Director of Huawei Uganda in a statement noted that through the competition, the students will be able to connect to industry learning technologies to prepare for their careers early enough, as well as have access to various learning tools and resources from Huawei. He further added that the competition is also a platform for the students to obtain professional acknowledgment from the ICT industry through the Huawei Certification.

Speaking at the Roadshow at Makerere University on 17th September, Kidega Moses a 4th year student of Software engineering and the President of ICT at Makerere University commended Huawei for the great free opportunity given to the students to learn and to compete favorably with other students around the globe.

“We’re very excited about this as students. Huawei has done something that has never happened before at Makerere University and thought outside the box to reach out to the young innovators who have the solutions and ideas for this world,” said Moses.

The previous edition of Huawei Global ICT Competition in 2016 to 2017, attracted 40,000 applicants from 800 universities in 32 countries globally while the 2018 to 2019 version is expected to attract over 50,000 contestants in 50 countries during the preliminary stage.

Notably, Huawei is playing a big role in the growing ICT sector of Uganda. As well as helping ICT university students purse and grow their careers in the ICT sector. Their initiative; Seeds For Future Program is a big success in the country and has so far taught and trained 40 Ugandan students in their capital where the firm is headquartered –  since its inauguration in 2015.