The national winners for Saudi Arabia were announced for this year’s Huawei Middle East ICT Competition, which was held in partnership with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT). The six national winners from Saudi Arabia will form two teams to participate in the regional finals of this year’s event.
The annual competition welcomes thousands of college and university students from Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East, enhancing students’ future employment through knowledge sharing on the latest ICT developments. Due to social distancing rules, this year’s Huawei Middle East ICT Competition saw students participate virtually. All registered students took part in a Preliminary Competition and Training Enablement, followed by a National Exam that was held in Huawei’s offices in Saudi Arabia.
A total of 18 students made it through the preliminary round of the competition to compete in the national final. The six winners will move on to the third and final phase of the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition, forming two teams to represent Saudi Arabia against their peers from around the region. Each team will be joined by a tutor from a university in the Kingdom, who will instruct and guide them through the final exam, which will take place in designated Huawei labs in Saudi Arabia.
In addition to moving onto the next stage, the national winners received honors such as a Huawei certification and other awards.
Congratulating the winners, Terry He, CEO of Huawei KSA, said “Our congratulations go out to the six national winners, as well as everyone who participated in this year’s competition, and our heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to our partners in this endeavor. Building local ICT talent is an investment in the future of the country itself, and will ultimately equip the Kingdom to better pursue digital transformation, national development plans, and ambitious visions. This year’s competition was well-received amongst the local student community, who adapted to the virtual edition with great ease, demonstrating their flexibility and innovative spirit.”
Eng. Faris AlSaqabi, Assistant Deputy Minister for Future Skills & Digital Knowledge at MCIT, said “The Huawei Middle East ICT Competition is an exceptional platform to foster an interest in this essential sector. We are proud to have supported this initiative once again, as we believe in the value of nurturing young talent who will represent a connected future for our country.”