Huawei rewards SL University talents who excelled in first-ever ICT competition – Adaderana Biz
20 Winners from Universities Receive Prizes from Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022
Huawei Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission (SLIC) recently awarded the top twenty national winners among Sri Lankan academic talents who excelled in the Huawei ICT 2021-2022 competition titled “Connection-Glory-Future”. The twenty winners came from seven different universities, and the top prize for each track went to the University of Moratuwa and Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. The awards ceremony was honored by the presence of the Minister of State for Skills Development, Vocational Training, Research and Innovation, Dr. Seetha Arambepola, Commissioner of the Inventors Commission of Sri Lanka , Professor NMS Sirimuthu, CEO of Huawei Sri Lanka, Liang Yi, officials and participating universities. .
The winners from Sri Lanka will form two teams to represent Sri Lanka in the regional phase of the competition this year and compete for the grand prize globally. The Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022 is the country’s first-ever and most competitive ICT knowledge competition, which offers Sri Lankan university students the opportunity to compete at regional and global levels, organized by the world leader in TIC. In Sri Lanka, the Huawei ICT Competition attracted 247 competitors from 29 universities, enhancing students’ ICT knowledge as well as practical and application skills, and ultimately, inspiring innovation that will be essential to the future growth of the ICT industry in Sri Lanka.
Minister of State for Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation, Dr Seetha Arambepola, said that “the development of ICT talent in schools, colleges and universities from the earliest stages of education is a key in the modern age, as the ICT industry is connected to technologies which we use in our daily lives and therefore most of the future demand for jobs will be created in the ICT industry”.
She went on to say that “The vision of the Sri Lankan Government and President His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa is that ICT talent is one of the key elements in boosting the digital economy and therefore young local talent must have globally recognized and acclaimed qualifications in the ICT sector. to lead Sri Lanka to become a smart digital economy. In this regard, she emphasized that access to education as well as ICT education are key to creating opportunities that support equitable and sustainable development.
“Today, I am thrilled that our university students are given a competitive edge to compete globally to update their knowledge in the field of ICT with the support of these initiatives,” he said. she stated.
We are grateful to see that Huawei has taken this initiative from the Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022, and I would like to see more such cooperation to let our young talents shine in the global ICT industry,” said the Minister Dr. Arambepola.
She explained that there had been no upgrading of education and technology in many industrial training institutions for decades and added that the modernization of vocational and technical training was essential to develop industries in the country, and that Huawei intended to establish a NAITA-Huawei ICT. Last year, the Academy in conjunction with the National Apprentices and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) for Vocational Training is an important step towards developing young Sri Lankan talent to prepare for the future demand of ICT and telecommunications industries. The minister reassured Huawei of the “full support of the government” of Sri Lanka, for the initiatives that Huawei is implementing in ICT development and skills transfer in Sri Lanka.
Commissioner of the Sri Lankan Inventors Commission, Prof. NMS Sirimuthu, stressed the need for cooperation between universities and businesses: “The ICT competitions will encourage our students to study from a business perspective and prepare them to their future inventions after graduating from college. We sincerely hope that more students and businesses can join initiatives to gradually elevate the skills development of our next generations. After the event, the Inventors Commission of Sri Lanka will strengthen future cooperation with Huawei regarding ICT competitions.
“As a leading ICT solutions provider, Huawei Sri Lanka considers that one of its top priorities is to future-proof Sri Lanka’s digital economy by developing the pipeline of young talent. As Sri Lankan universities continue to produce talented ICT practitioners who have supported the country’s economic progress thus far, we believe that the demand for scenario-specific ICT solutions is accelerating and therefore we must continue to invest in talent development to ensure that ICT companies have access to the skilled personnel they need to pursue their transformation goals,” said Liang Yi, CEO of Huawei Sri Lanka.
“We have been committed and dedicated to transferring ICT knowledge to young Sri Lankan talent over the past decade through various initiatives such as joint innovation centers with top universities, training of telecommunications engineers, Seeds for the Future and other initiatives,” said Liang Yi.
Huawei and SLIC have invited universities with relevant specializations to participate in the Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022. The competition aimed to provide students with a platform to compete and gain certification to improve their ICT knowledge, practical and application skills, and raise their awareness of innovation. In addition, the competition has provided a platform that facilitates connections among international ICT talents and fosters collaboration among Huawei partners, higher education institutions, thereby enhancing education growth, advancement of ICT talents and the promotion of student employability. The competition took place in 2 stages. Learning competition and innovation competition.
In Sri Lanka, Huawei has launched long-standing programs such as the Huawei ICT Competition, Seeds For the Future and ICT Academy to help Sri Lanka build a sustainable knowledge-based digital economy. So far, many local talented young people in Sri Lanka have benefited from advanced skills development courses, equipping them with the skills to lead digital transformation and development efforts in the country.
Photo caption – MRSDassanayake from the University of Moratuwa, the first winner of the Network Track receiving the award from the Minister of State, Dr Seetha Arambepola
Winners of the Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022 with Minister of State Dr. Seetha Arambepola (seated middle), CEO of Huawei Sri Lanka (seated second from left) and Commissioner of the Inventors Commission of Sri Lanka, Prof. NMS Sirimuthu (seated fourth from left) and Huawei officials