Students from Ghana (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST) and South Africa came first in the recently ended Huawei ICT Skill Competition, held in Southern Africa.

They won first prize in the Enterprise Network and Enterprise Cloud categories, respectively.

The program which aims to unearth and nurture the region’s finest ICT talent, brought together about 1000 students from over 8 universities across Sub-Saharan Africa.

It was introduced to the region as a critical initiative for enhancing the quality of future African ICT professionals.

The winners of the competition received certificates, trophies, and prizes.

Additionally, six of them will have an opportunity to participate in the global finals which will be held in the company’s international headquarters in China.

They will also gain unrivaled exposure to Huawei’s expertise in telecommunications, enterprise, and consumer business.

During the ceremony, four teachers were presented the Excellent Tutor Awards and four universities also won Best University prizes.

According to Michael Meng, Services Director of Huawei Enterprise Business Group for the Southern Africa Region, building a pool of high quality ICT talent is a critical success factor for governments aiming to transition, to knowledge-based economies.

He mentioned that, knowledge transfer has always been a core pillar of the Huawei ethos.

And as such, combining it with their commitment to support governments in the region is an achievement.

Going forward, Huawei will increase collaborations with Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academies (HAINA for short, otherwise known as Huawei ICT Academy) and other universities to lead technical certification in the ICT industry, cultivate future ICT professionals, and build a healthy ecological chain.

Report by: Stephanie Horsu