Lebanese team succeeds at Huawei ICT Competition Global Finals, wins Second Prize at the Practice Competition

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Lebanon: A team from Lebanon has won the second prize in the Practice Competition, among other global winners during the Global Finals of Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022 in Shenzhen, China. The ICT Competition’s sixth edition attracted 150,000 students from more than 2000 universities in 85 countries and regions worldwide, competing in three categories: Practice, Innovation and Industry.

The Practice Competition includes the Network and Cloud Tracks, which examine students’ theoretical knowledge and hands-on ICT skills as well as their ability to work in a team. Participants are ranked according to their scores in theoretical and lab exams.

The winning team was led by their tutor Gaby Abou Haidar from the American University of Science & Technology (AUST), with Alain Nohra, also from AUST, and Mohammad Dabaja from the Lebanese University. 

Peter Wells, Chief of UNESCO’s Section for Higher Education, spoke at the event via a video link, praising the competition’s ability to give students worldwide free access to educational courses and study materials as part of their preparation for the competition. He expressed hope that UNESCO and Huawei will continue working together to improve the digital skills and technological literacy of global talent, promote balanced and equitable development across regions, and bridge the global digital divide.

Aiden Li, CEO, Huawei Lebanon, said, “We congratulate the Lebanese team for winning the second prize at the Practice Competition. The team’s invention reinforces Huawei’s position that technology remains a potent tool to effect positive change and spur socio-economic growth. We will continue working with our industry and academic partners to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.”

This year’s participants were also the first to compete in a new series of Women In Tech Awards which have been designed to honor the outstanding talent displayed by the young women contestants in the Competition. Huawei has been committed to supporting women with more opportunities and access to the education and training needed to improve their ICT skills and promote gender equality across the industry.

Huawei hosts the ICT Competition annually to provide students with a platform to compete and exchange ideas, enhance their ICT knowledge and practical skills, and foster their capabilities to innovate by using new technologies and platforms. After making it through the national and regional competitions, the teams faced off in the largest global finals yet. 

The Huawei ICT Competition is one of several CSR initiatives by Huawei to nurture talent for Middle East youth. Together with the Huawei ICT Academy, the Huawei Innovation Competition, Seeds for the Future program, joint university labs, and other initiatives, thousands of young people in the region benefit from an advanced skills development pipeline every year, equipping them with the necessary skills to lead digital transformation and development efforts within their country.

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